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Old 11-25-2010, 07:37 PM   #11
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I love my ribcage chiller... It does a great job. I suspect the biggest advantage over a normal coil is the ability of the wort to circulate through the chiller with almost no resistance. I stir the hot wort (ever so carefully) with the ribcage, and once the water is moving it cools very quickly.

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Old 01-13-2012, 12:16 AM   #12
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what is the measurement from the ends ? I'm assuming the third measurement is the middle of the tubing?
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:55 AM   #13
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I wanted to thank the OP for the post, it helped visualize what needed to be done and I replicated it pretty easily.

This design is great, you can really see the temperature dropping as soon as you get cold water running through it. I am able to cool 5 gallons in about 12-15 minutes.

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Old 01-13-2012, 10:07 AM   #14
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what is the measurement from the ends ? I'm assuming the third measurement is the middle of the tubing?
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Yes, the third measurement marks the middle of the length of tubing. The first and second measurements mark distance from the ends of the tubing. These marks give a reference for where to begin the coil and leave enough tubing to create the stand pipes for the water hoses. The third picture in Post #2 shows all three marks. And you can see that the two end measurements were just to give me a guide line for where I wanted the coils to stop. I adjusted things a bit during the coiling so that I could get things pretty even. You need the two outside marks because you begin coiling from the outside and work your way inward toward the center mark.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:10 AM   #15
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I wanted to thank the OP for the post, it helped visualize what needed to be done and I replicated it pretty easily.

This design is great, you can really see the temperature dropping as soon as you get cold water running through it. I am able to cool 5 gallons in about 12-15 minutes.
That kind of cooling time is the exact reason I made this system. And, that tiny little fountain pump is still going strong.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:30 PM   #16
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That's cool, but why not put a spout on the pot, and do a counter flow chiller? I can cool from 212 to 65 within 25' of 3/8 copper. Is there another reason you went w/ the ribcage design?

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Old 01-13-2012, 06:34 PM   #17
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That's cool, but why not put a spout on the pot, and do a counter flow chiller? I can cool from 212 to 65 within 25' of 3/8 copper. Is there another reason you went w/ the ribcage design?
How fast are you talking about cooling to 65 with a counterflow chiller? To me those always seem hard to clean and not worth the aggravation for 5 minutes of time. Plus, I imagine that it is more expensive than this design.
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I've got a single tier system, so I am running a march 809 pump, from 212 to 65 in 25' of coil, about 5 seconds. I made 2 for $90 b/t copper and rubber hose. Sold one that paid for mine

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I've got a single tier system, so I am running a march 809 pump, from 212 to 65 in 25' of coil, about 5 seconds. I made 2 for $90 b/t copper and rubber hose. Sold one that paid for mine
Seriously, it takes you 5 seconds to chill to 65F?
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That's cool, but why not put a spout on the pot, and do a counter flow chiller? I can cool from 212 to 65 within 25' of 3/8 copper. Is there another reason you went w/ the ribcage design?
Because it was quick and easy without having to put a spout on the pot. Plus, as I use different pots I can move it easily, or use it in one pot while another pot boils, or let my kids use it if they want to brew up a batch. Plus, I think it looks cool.

I would seriously like to see you use a counter-flow cooler to get a 5+ gallon batch of boiling wort from 212f to 65f in 5 seconds.
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