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Old 07-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Wort chiller....

None ever made their own wort chiller? I'm contemplating making one as its cheaper. I see some videos on YouTube but is it as easy as they make out?

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Old 07-06-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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Pretty easy just take it slow so you don't put a kink in the tubing.

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Old 07-06-2012, 07:21 PM   #3
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I built a counterflow chiller based on this thread.

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Old 07-06-2012, 10:11 PM   #4
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I spent more time in the store getting materials than it to assemble the chiller

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Old 07-06-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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I made my immersion chiller last weekend sitting on the floor in my garage between a 30 minute hop addition and a 15 minute hop addition. Coiled around a keg to get the right diameter then bent my inlet and outlet pieces to run nice and neat. Worked out great and super fast.

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Old 07-06-2012, 11:03 PM   #6
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I made my immersion chiller last week and it was super easy. The toughest part for me was bending the copper tubing without kinking it (I used 1/2'' coil and it took a lot of muscle to bend with the cheap-o spring pipe bender I got).

One thing, though - my first go around I went a little crazy buying compression clamps, nuts, etc. to connect the hose to the copper. These supplies alone were ~$20 at Home Depot.

Then, I realized I could simply fit a bigger size vinyl hose around the copper and screw-clamp it down. Much cheaper and it works great with no leaks as long as the screw clamps are tight.

Good luck!

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Old 07-06-2012, 11:43 PM   #7
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I soldered all my fittings with 1/2 in.copper tubing and used male/female garden hose fittings for the in/out.Easy connections for brewing indoors or outside.I also built a counterflow chiller but I find the immersion chiller so much easier to use.

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Old 07-06-2012, 11:47 PM   #8
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #9
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It's a lot easier than I thought it would be beforehand. I bent mine around a keg and used a 22oz bottle to aid in the sharper bends without kinking.

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I got a really long piece of copper. I think it was 75ft if I remember correct. I double coiled it which seems to have made it very efficient..

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