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Old 02-01-2012, 01:15 PM   #11
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You are going to kink it. .020 wall is very thin
This is from experience.

The tools you link will not work and you will get tons of kinks and wrinkles when trying to bend that thin a wall.

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:28 PM   #12
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I wouldn't say it can't be done but it is not easy. I used a borrowed ratchet bender from a friend to make bends for my dip tubes but needed to ratchet down and move a little then ratchet and repeat to get good 90* bends. I used a bucket and allot of patience and strength to bend around a bucket for my heat exchanger coil. They turned out well with little to no kinking but I did kink a few pieces trying to find the best way to bend it. Good luck and take your time it's nothing like bending copper for sure...

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:36 PM   #13
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you guys are not giving a real warm feeling about doing this.. LOL

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:43 PM   #14
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That's why I went with copper, took 8 minutes, no kinking

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:51 PM   #15
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Just a voice of caution. I get calls from customers asking me how they can salvage their new roll of stainless coil they just kinked up for the nth time...

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Old 02-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #16
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Then what machine do you have to get in order to make it look good, I am thinking this time about going with copper, but down the road I want to be able to bend SS, not just for brewing, but for my boat too. Thanks

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Old 02-01-2012, 07:13 PM   #17
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You won't be able to bend 1/2" stainless easily. The machine to bend it properly inserts a mandrel inside as it bends so it doesn't kink. I got a quote from Chicago bending to do a 316ss 1/2" 25 foot herms coil and it was over $100. The Ebay link above from ny brew supply ( they also have a website which is a bit cheaper) they said they could not custom bend the 1/2" ss. They did bend me 1/2" copper to my specs For a herms coil and did a very nice job. I would rather pay them to bend it than me kink up a $70 roll of copper.

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Then what machine do you have to get in order to make it look good, I am thinking this time about going with copper, but down the road I want to be able to bend SS, not just for brewing, but for my boat too. Thanks
link to build-it-yourself book

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a little google searching...
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I would recommend just seeing if NY Brew Supply(where I got my chiller) or anyone else, will make it for you. It's not listed on their product page, but i'm quite sure they can do it, being that they are the ones selling the SS tubing on eBay. I personally prefer copper, but if you want the SS route, I'm sure they'll accommodate at a good price. http://www.nybrewsupply.com/wort-chillers.html

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Old 02-01-2012, 07:42 PM   #20
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I am trying to finished coiling mine up.

I ended up buying a 1/2" conduit bender and just going at it slow go. some kinks but nothing terrible.

I still have to coil it down about 1/2 all the way around.

HAHA tried to post from home depot but their site is UNDER CONSTRUCTION..

pics to come

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