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Old 08-16-2009, 02:41 PM   #271
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I'd say there are probably a few people out there gravity draining through a CFC while most pump it through. Ideally you'd connect the kettle ball valve to the input of the CFC with a short length of high temp tubing (silicone or thermoplastic) and a quick disconnect would make that easier.

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Old 08-16-2009, 03:59 PM   #272
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I'd say there are probably a few people out there gravity draining through a CFC while most pump it through. Ideally you'd connect the kettle ball valve to the input of the CFC with a short length of high temp tubing (silicone or thermoplastic) and a quick disconnect would make that easier.
Aaaand that's 12,000.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:47 AM   #273
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Thank everyone for the ideas and great tutorial. I built 2 of these, used the good rubber hose, checked for water leaks and no leaks on the joints on either of them! Can't wait to get the rest of my equipment this week to try this chiller out. Let me know if anyone is in need of one of these, I may not need the extra one!

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Old 08-18-2009, 08:40 PM   #274
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Aaaand that's 12,000.
Dang. They creep up on ya.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:42 PM   #275
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I put my banjo fryer on a couple bricks to get my ball valve about 4feet off the ground.
I have a 3foot table my counterflow chiller sits on
My fermenter sits on the gorund.
I connect the 3/8th host barb on my boil kettle to the CFC with 2feet of Silicon tubing

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Old 08-27-2009, 01:19 PM   #276
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Arkador, you have any pictures of your layout in action? I'm going to have a similar setup with burner, keg kettle, counterflow chiller and plastic fermenter bucket.

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Old 08-28-2009, 07:12 PM   #277
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I am interested in a CFC and now is a great time of the year to buy the hose needed.

Someone though mentioned that using a CFC will increase the chances of DMS issues.

Any opinions on that?

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Old 08-28-2009, 10:19 PM   #278
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I am interested in a CFC and now is a great time of the year to buy the hose needed.

Someone though mentioned that using a CFC will increase the chances of DMS issues.

Any opinions on that?

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False. And if you're really worried, you can do what some do: recirculate from the chiller output back into the boil kettle until all the wort is under 140F. At this point, there is no danger of DMS. I've done both straight to fermenter, and recirculated, and never noticed a difference.
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My brewing buddy just bought a 25ft CFC on Ebay and we used it last Sunday for our first 10gal brewday. I went ahead and bought the thermometer manifold from Morebeer for the wort output.
On a hot Louisiana Sunday afternoon (92 degrees) we were able to drop the wort from 210 to 73 in a single pass. It took half the time to chill 10 gal and fill 2 carboys than it did for 5 gal w/ an Immersion Chiller.
Granted, I am on "Well Water" and it usually cooler than "City Water".
All gravity fed.

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really quick annd dumb question...

Did you guys use hose labeled as 3/4 or 5/8"? The hoses are not labeled as ID and after cutting the ends off of my 5/8" hose I noticed that the 3/8" tubing takes up quite a bit of the inside of the hose. It also has to stretch around the 1/2" copper pretty good. It certainly does not look like the pics. (slight bulge where the hose goes over the copper)

Oh yea, and I only cut 6" off the ends I may have to buy a length of rubber hose somewhere to make the water connection.

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