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Old 02-06-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Wort Chiller DIY

I had to run to lowes last evening because the kitchen sink was in need of repair... the drain started leaking while cleaning bottles.



I have been thinking of building a chiller for a bit now... I was trying to figure out if I should get 25' or 50' of 3/8 copper tubing. The 25 ft chunk was a buck less than the 50 ft.. so I made my decision quick. $30.57 for 50 feet of 3/8 copper.

So here is what I did.. I had a beer...



Here are the bits I collected at the box store... Is that hose going to be ok?



I used an old primer paint pail to wrap it around...



Cut a hole in the top of the bucket and used a tie wrap to secure....



Started wrapping and secured with more tie wraps...



Here is what I ended up with...



It should work, but it isn't that pretty...

I got 50 foot and didn't use it all. Tap water here in AZ during the summer is still quite warm. My plan is to make another chiller that I can drop into a 5 gallon bucket ice bath and hopefully cool the tap water, then circulate through the wort..

Here are a couple more pics.. easy and functional... just ugly.





in the brew pot...



meh nothing special compared to what some of you guys do but this is what I have to offer.

Hopefully this helps someone out.

Total was $52 and some change...

Gotta go fix the broken sink now, saw shiny copper and got distracted. lol

Scott

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Old 02-06-2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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Looks good to me. Actually, looks better than the one I built last week!

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Old 02-06-2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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Great Job Scott.


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Old 02-06-2010, 11:47 PM   #4
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Looks good to me! I just built mine two weeks ago and you got a pretty good deal on the tubing. I spent closer to $45 for 50' of 3/8 refer tube

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Old 02-06-2010, 11:55 PM   #5
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It should work, but it isn't that pretty...
Scott
Oh contrar....pretty it is!!!!

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Old 02-07-2010, 12:01 AM   #6
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Yep, looks good to me! I got a good deal at my LHBS on a 59' IM for $58 that hooks righjt up to my water spigot or sink, Ive havent seen any that cheap anywhere else but then again that little store near me cant be beat on prices ever. Its just too bad you almost always have to order a week in advance cause she doesnt carry much at all in stock.

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Old 02-07-2010, 12:23 AM   #7
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that wort chiller looks 100 times better than mine. Mine looks like **** (molded it by hand at ace hardware) but it does the job.

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thanks everyone... fixin to try it out tomorrow..

it took me close to an hour to chill 5 gallons to pitching temps with an ice bath so we will see how we end up this go around.

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Very nice. You'll be looking at less than 20 mins now and no ice.

Just remember to stirr the chiller.

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very cool!

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