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Old 04-25-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default Counterflow build, caniblized from immersion chiller

Am taking apart my immersion chiller and am making a counter flow chiller. So I went to my local hardware superstore, the lowest one. I have a 1/2 pipe for the base. See the pictures. So most of the chillers I have seen are 3/8". I hope it works well. I basically am following the instructions from the wiki but with a 1/2" female npt end so I can put the stainless steal cam lock on it. Yay pumps.

My parts list (2x)
1/2" coupler with stop
5/8" tee
1/2" - 5/8" flush stop (had to do a slight hollowing at one end as it tapers slightly 1/8" or so)
1/2" female adapter
1/2" - 8" piece of pipe (from immersion chiller)
5/8" - 50' rubber hose

I'll post Picts as I soon as I finish the pieces.

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Old 04-26-2012, 12:56 AM   #2
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I'm curious how this is going. I'm looking at the same conversion for my next project. I'm hoping I have a 3/8" OD IC but I'll have to measure it.

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Old 04-26-2012, 01:12 AM   #3
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LUBE!!! Good luck fitting 1/2" tube in a 5/8 hose

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Old 04-26-2012, 01:53 AM   #4
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Here is the progress. I figured. I am thinking 1" spa hose now.

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Old 04-26-2012, 02:48 AM   #5
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So I'm drinking a sweet brown ale looking up tolerances and hydro cooling. I can lube up and jam the coil in. But it might be not cooling enough. Thoughts anyone?

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Old 04-26-2012, 03:50 AM   #6
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Don't drink and research.

What's wrong with the immersion chiller?

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Don't drink and research.

What's wrong with the immersion chiller?
Nothing. It takes a lot of water to cool to 70 degrees.

I just wanted to build one for a while is the real reason why I went this route.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:41 AM   #8
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I did this with my 3/8 IC. Good luck if you use 1/2" hose! I'd go bigger. Both for cooling capabilities and for your own sanity.

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Old 04-26-2012, 12:20 PM   #9
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This will be a nice big counterflow chiller once it's done, I look forward to seeing it!

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Have you seen this thread?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/coun...hiller-324118/

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