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Old 09-20-2012, 02:59 AM   #91
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Just built your CFC this past weekend out of my old IC. Works great! Tested it with some boiling water, and as you can see, worked like a charm. Thanks for the writeup!
Glad it worked out for ya. Nice work, too!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:20 AM   #92
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Just built your CFC this past weekend out of my old IC. Works great! Tested it with some boiling water, and as you can see, worked like a charm. Thanks for the writeup!
Similar topic, but mccumath do you have a pic of your set up? Looks like something I have in my head to build very soon. Maybe even this weekend.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:15 PM   #93
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I have been thinking about making one of these for a few years now.

Right now I use a 50' two coil IC and whirlpool the BK. I have been getting down to tap water temps (which varies for time of year) in about 15 to 20 minutes. I collect about 20 gallons of hot/warm water for clean up and what not. Let it sit for another 10 minutes or so for stuff to settle to the bottom.

After my wort is cooled and settled I drain the BK through 1/2" lines to the fermenter and it's a pretty fast process.

If I can't shorten my cooling/filling fermenter process I don't see a reason to change, but every time I see a new thread pop up I am interested in making one.

Do you adjust the flow of the beer/tap water to adjust your final temp going into the fermenter? And, about how long does it normally take to fill the fermenter?

Great build by the way.

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Old 09-20-2012, 03:31 PM   #94
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If I can't shorten my cooling/filling fermenter process I don't see a reason to change, but every time I see a new thread pop up I am interested in making one.

Do you adjust the flow of the beer/tap water to adjust your final temp going into the fermenter? And, about how long does it normally take to fill the fermenter?
This will vary depending on tap water temps, but I was able to open the kettle valve 100%, and adjusted water flow via a globe valve. It cooled the beer to pitching temps (even lager temps if I opened the water valve more) as fast as the beer could flow, which took about 10-15 minutes max to empty the kettle. I always did a short whirlpool after I killed the boil, set up my chiller while the whirlpool settled, then filled up the fermenter(s).

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:48 PM   #95
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Similar topic, but mccumath do you have a pic of your set up? Looks like something I have in my head to build very soon. Maybe even this weekend.
My stand or the chiller?
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My stand or the chiller?
Stand. Right now working with burner on the floor and mash tub on 3/4" plywood on two sawhorses
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:50 PM   #97
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Stand. Right now working with burner on the floor and mash tub on 3/4" plywood on two sawhorses
Will do once I get home from work this afternoon
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:23 AM   #98
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Sorry for the thread jack here Tiber... Tried to send pictures through PM, but it does not give me the option.

Viper, here are a few pics of the stand. I actually plan on lowering the higher level down quite a bit, as I am looking into buying a pump in the near future and placing my mas tun on it. I never did use the high part for the mash tun, but for my laptop, tools, etc. These pics were before I installed a bit of 2"x2" flashing to protect the wood from any potential heat transfer (i.e. the uprights closest to the higher stand portion, and all of the underneath 2x4s surrounding the burners). Anyway, shoot me a PM if you have any questions about it.

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:10 AM   #99
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Shiny. Me likes shiny. Now about that CFC....

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Old 10-02-2012, 04:05 PM   #100
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Okay, my wife just "surprised" me by buying everything I need to make this thing. Only problem, she says the total came to $130! I haven't seen all the parts yet, or the receipt, but what should I be looking at for a gross overcharge?

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