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Domer 05-09-2012 11:45 PM

My diy chiller
 
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Nothin special... 50 ft of 3/8 od copper, $40 at lowes. Odd combo of essentially useless fittings and a ball valve. Don't need em, but I had em, so why not use em! Coiled top to bottom, then back up the middle with one coil stretched the whole length to the top and soldered to every outside coil. Overkill? Probably. Perfect? No. But cost me a hell of a lot less than buying one!

G_Brew 05-09-2012 11:58 PM

looks good! i bet you'll make great beer with it!

Domer 05-10-2012 04:12 AM

Hopefully! Tested it with water (trial run with new pot and a borrowed burner) got 6 gal from boil to 70 in 9 min using 25 gallons. Not bad... I think?

Dan 05-10-2012 04:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Domer (Post 4073561)
Hopefully! Tested it with water (trial run with new pot and a borrowed burner) got 6 gal from boil to 70 in 9 min using 25 gallons. Not bad... I think?

That's fantastic! What is the secret? Ice cold tap water, constant stirring? I have a 50' 1/2" copper wort chiller and don't get near those results.

Please share! :mug:

octo 05-10-2012 04:26 AM

40$ for 50ft? is that 1/4" inner diameter, 3/8" outer?

Dunerunner 05-10-2012 04:30 AM

Well done!!http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/thumbs_up.gif

Domer 05-10-2012 04:41 AM

Correct 3/8 od, 1/4 id...

My tap water is usually 60-62 so I'm sure that helps. I've read horror story's on here of groundwater temps. Texas comes to mind.
I did gently stir for most of that time.

Dan 05-10-2012 04:53 AM

Cool. Thanks. Ground water gets pretty warm here from May through mid November. I've read some of those horror stories too. I think my area qualifies. ;)

EDIT: I guess I don't have it that bad after all. Never seen close to 100 degree ground water.

f0xtr0t 05-10-2012 08:10 AM

Ground water temp here on the Texas/Mexico border is about 110 in June, July, August, and September. That's a nice coil by the way. A lot more consistant then when I did it.

G_Brew 05-10-2012 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by f0xtr0t (Post 4073754)
Ground water temp here on the Texas/Mexico border is about 110 in June, July, August, and September. That's a nice coil by the way. A lot more consistant then when I did it.

110!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol wow... the actual temperature barely hits 95 here up in Canada on the warmest day of the year...

waterlines here are barried much deeper to keep them from freezing in the winter... so we always get nice cold tap water all through summer... maybe 55 at the warmest...


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