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Old 02-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #11
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^^great for copper, stainless not so much
well cant say i have used those springs...
I just borrowed this from work for my copper chiller.



a bit expensive unless you are going to be bending a few times.
used soap or the tube will kink
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:37 PM   #12
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^^great for copper, stainless not so much
Agreed. I tried to use them to make a dip tube. The tube still collapsed more than i'd have liked.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:37 PM   #13
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So has anyone actually used the sand method with sucsess?

Wish I knew stainless brewing offered a pre-bent SS coil. It would have been cheaper, faster & better.

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #14
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Any tips on how to bend this right-without a 3 wheel tubing bender?
so your question is essentially- how to do it the right way, but without doing it the right way?

if you figure that one out, let me know...


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So has anyone actually used the sand method with sucsess?
yes, but with copper. and salt is easier to work with than sand. bending stainless without adequate tools is difficult at best, and add the fact that most people attempting it are completely unexperienced at metalworking... your chances of success are small.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:29 PM   #15
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I've been thinking of making my own chiller as well, but in my searches I keep running into things like this when it comes to stainless steeel. I like that it does not oxidize like copper does but why is this so difficult to bend? I've bent smaller 1/4" tubing for brake lines before, is it any more difficult than that?

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I've been thinking of making my own chiller as well, but in my searches I keep running into things like this when it comes to stainless steeel. I like that it does not oxidize like copper does but why is this so difficult to bend? I've bent smaller 1/4" tubing for brake lines before, is it any more difficult than that?

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The easiest way (I think) to explain the problem with stainless steel is that it's a lot less ductile than copper. This is what makes it more difficult to bend by hand. It will want to collapse before it will make a nice bend. This is an inherent problem with all tubes, not just SS tubes. Your 1/4" brake lines have a smaller cross section which will make those tubes easier to bend by hand. However, they will still be susceptible to collapse if the bend radius is too small. Tubing benders have a channel that will support the radius of the tube as you bend it which keeps the tube from collapsing in on itself. But even still, if you look at the bend, there will still be a slight collapse of the tube on the outer radius of the bend due to the stretching of the material. The three roll tubing benders that was mentioned here support the tube on both sided of the bend thereby giving the tube a better bend. Those machines are mainly used to make continuous bends like what you would need for a chiller coil due to the fact that the tube is fed through the three rolls in a continuous fashion.

Hope that clarifies things a bit...or maybe the thoughts in my head were trying to escape faster than my fingers would allow...
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:22 PM   #17
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That makes sense. I have a small bender with a channel for brake lines. It seems better for 90 bends than coils like a chiller needs. Using a paint can or some other cylindrical object to make a coil you won't have channels like the bender has. Its definitely cheaper to buy a chiller than kink your line and have to buy it twice.

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so your question is essentially- how to do it the right way, but without doing it the right way?

if you figure that one out, let me know...



yes, but with copper. and salt is easier to work with than sand. bending stainless without adequate tools is difficult at best, and add the fact that most people attempting it are completely unexperienced at metalworking... your chances of success are small.

So basically what you're saying is: "I'm going to ridicule you without actually providing anything useful to the conversation, and I choose not to share any previous even unsuccessful experiences" I like your style
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:04 AM   #19
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I built a jig to coil 50ft of stainless steel tubing. Jig materials cost about $70. Here is a link to the forum thread.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/50-f...8/index12.html

Here is a link to the write up on how to build it.
http://home.comcast.net/~bkerby/DIYTubingBender.pdf
The lazy way out is to order what you want from stainlessbrewing.com. This what I would have done if they were around back then.

Good luck!

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http://www.nybrewsupply.com/beer-hom...-chillers.html

Check here a lot easy er and probably cheaper. Besides you should be using seamless tubing in stead of welded
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