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Old 01-20-2008, 01:13 AM   #11
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Do a search for refrigeration tubing. Eventually, you'll end up here

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Old 01-23-2008, 09:59 AM   #12
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you should hit the hardware store for a comression fitting to go right to a hose connection. it is about $6 and there will be no mess or chance of spillage. The compression fitting has a sleeve that goes inside a female threadeed fitting then you get a standard male thread one end(to fit compression fitting) and a hse thread on other end. you may need a female/female hose connector too.

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Old 01-23-2008, 02:10 PM   #13
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1/4" is too small of a diameter, the ID is like 3/16". You should start with at least 3/8" OD. 25 feet would be great for 5 gallons while 50 (or an upgrade to 1/2") would be better for 10 gallons.

You're up in NH so your tap water right now is about 40-50F and will cool really well. In the summer you'll need to look at a pond pump to push icewater through it.

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Old 01-23-2008, 02:13 PM   #14
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Buy 2 lengths of tubing, make two chillers and submerge one in a bucket of ice water and another in your wort, and run water through them in series. This will chill it wicked quick.
I'd recommend you first measure the temp of the water coming out of the tap, and then hook up your prechiller in icewater and measure the temp coming out. You'll be disappointed to see that the temp drop is really small considering the cost of the additional copper and ice.

The highly preferred method is to get a pond/aquarium/sump pump from like Harbor Freight and put it in the bucket of ice directly. It's so much more efficient and about the same cost as a prechiller.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:12 AM   #15
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has anyone tryed using 2 chillers in sequence backwards, like a post chiller when recirculating? You start in ice water with pump to wort to frozen bucket with second chiller back to ice water bucket? It is alot of buckets but maybe less ice is needed to be bought? Or I just am an idiot

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Old 01-24-2008, 01:50 PM   #16
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I like how the refrigeration tubing company spelled it "refridgeration"!
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You could always boycott the company and buy your copper tubing elsewhere for twice the price. That'll teach em.

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Old 01-24-2008, 03:24 PM   #18
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Have you ordered from them before? Their prices seem too good to be true
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:46 PM   #19
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I just ordered 50' of 3/8 a week ago and it arrived in one or two days. Great price and I measured the tubing and it seemed to be within a foot or two of 50' so they are a good fast company as far as I could tell.

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Old 01-24-2008, 08:51 PM   #20
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20' will be better than bathing the primary in a sink, so I say go for it... nothin to lose if you already have the copper. Worst case it takes a few more minutes.

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