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Old 10-29-2009, 12:33 AM   #61
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I already have an IC, but it does not get my wort down much past 100*. I was thinking of making a pre-chiller to put in a bucket of ice water. Would I be ok to use 20' of 3/8'' tubing?

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Old 11-26-2009, 02:14 AM   #62
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Backing up a few dozen posts, someone mentioned that discharging into the grass might kill the grass because of the heat. Has anyone tried running the discharge hose to an impact sprinkler? I would think the blasting it into droplets would cool it enough to not hurt the lawn. I think the water police would give me a break if I'm running the sprinkler for 20 minutes once a month

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Old 12-04-2009, 02:36 AM   #63
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Backing up a few dozen posts, someone mentioned that discharging into the grass might kill the grass because of the heat. Has anyone tried running the discharge hose to an impact sprinkler? I would think the blasting it into droplets would cool it enough to not hurt the lawn. I think the water police would give me a break if I'm running the sprinkler for 20 minutes once a month

I still think the water would too f'n hot. I'd bet the grass would get burnt.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:32 AM   #64
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Run off the first 5 gal for later cleaning, then I bet it will be fine as long as it goes through the sprinkler, will cool on the way there and will cool evaporativly as it flies through the air to it's destination. If I didn't brew indoors now and use the water in the washing machine I'd give it a try (in the summer)

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Do I need a flare tool or something to connect the fittings to the tubing? I can't figure it out. I've got my copper coiled up and I want to try it out tomorrow for brew day.

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Old 12-05-2009, 07:07 PM   #66
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Never mind. I just torqued down on the nuts real well and it works! Brought 3 gallons of water to a boil and ran the chiller with 60*ish water and it got down to 75 in 5 min.s! I've got some really good water pressure on the kitchen sink man!

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My water comes out of the hose onto the driveway, and by the time it gets 20 feet to the grass it has cooled off, and doesn't bother the grass.

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Old 12-10-2009, 07:47 PM   #68
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I am thinking about building one of these for my 12 gallon pot. Is this 3/8 inch copper tubing the inside diameter or outside diameter of the tubing?

Maybe you just go buy 3/8 inch copper tubing and you don't worry about it..its all the same?

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I already have an IC, but it does not get my wort down much past 100*. I was thinking of making a pre-chiller to put in a bucket of ice water. Would I be ok to use 20' of 3/8'' tubing?
That should be plenty. You can check the discharge temp after the ice bucket just to make sure.
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Thanks for these directions; built a chiller with 20' of tubing from Home Depot and it's a huge improvement over an ice bath.

Next time I think I might go for full soldiered connections to allow the uprights to look nicer.

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