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Old 05-09-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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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!

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Old 05-09-2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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looks good! i bet you'll make great beer with it!

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:12 AM   #3
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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?

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:16 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:26 AM   #5
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40$ for 50ft? is that 1/4" inner diameter, 3/8" outer?

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Well done!!

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:41 AM   #7
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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