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Old 01-09-2010, 04:28 AM   #1
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Default Home-made Wort Chiller for under $15

Hey all, this is my first post, so Hi! I am doing my first brew right now and I decided that i needed a wort chiller for my next batch. I looked up some stuff on this site and others and decided to go to Lowe's and make on myself. It looks like its going to work out well. I am using a plastic tube instead of copper due to costs. If anyone is interested in making one yourself, let me know and I can do a How-To with pictures.



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Old 01-09-2010, 04:32 AM   #2
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Hey RB, welcome to HBT!

Have you tried it yet? Not sure how much heat transfer you will get with the plastic tubing. How well did it work?



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Old 01-09-2010, 04:35 AM   #3
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I am going to test it tomorrow and see how it works. Will post how it goes

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:43 AM   #4
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dude you will get barely any heat transfer with plastic. don't waste your time. spend the extra to get copper

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:46 AM   #5
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what kind of plastic did you get? cpvc? will it stand up to the boiling temps of the wort? -- and last but not least, how are you using it: are you going to pump the wort through it like a counterflow or plate chiller, or put it in the wort and pump cold water through like an imersion chiller?

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:50 AM   #6
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i am going to pump the water thru it like imr. chiller. im going to do a test with some water, but do everything like i would during brewing. So, like i said i will up date this tomorrow

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Either way there wont be enough heat transfer - i tried something similar when i had first started brewing and the results were terrible

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These guys are right...you are likely to be disappointed using plastic of any kind for chilling. Copper is used for a reason...

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Old 01-09-2010, 12:26 PM   #9
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http://coppertubingsales.com/copper_tubing_prices.php

Get 50' of the 1/2 in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Tubing and make yourself a nice IC and never have to worry about it again. Time is money too!



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