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Old 01-27-2009, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default Cheap copper wort chiller

After much searcing for the best deal (penny saved is a pint brewed), I found Home Depot to be the cheapest, 20' 3/8 soft copper $11.96. Add a few more dollars for hose clamps and 3/8 vinal tubing and male/female garden hose end repair kit and "volla"!!
A friend asked for help making one and the end result was two chillers for 36 bucks, so for those of you who need one, make two.

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Old 01-27-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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Is that 3/8" OD or ID? I'm getting ready to build one but I want at least 50' of the tubing so I would want to get 3 lengths of this if it's the right size....


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It is 3/8 od.
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I think I'm gonna build mine with 50' of 1/2" (3/8" ID) tubing. The tubing is a little more expensive but it will give me better and faster heat transfer. You did get an excellent price on the 3/8" tubing though. Thats' almost cheap enough to make me consider using it and building a double-coil chiller. I guess I'm gonna have to get the calculator out and do a little math and see if I could build a double-coil chiller with smaller tubing and get more effective heat transfer than I could with a single-coil of the larger tubing.

That should be boring enough...
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No heat transfer is the devil. Just assume what will work best. Calculate heat transfer? Yuck!
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Home depot screwed up there is no way it's that cheap. Go buy all they have.
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shall I post my recipt? I would be happy to.
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A double-coil chiller using the smaller tubing would be a good bit more efficient than a single coil of the next size up...

Splitting the incoming water feed into two separate tube coils increases the water volume and surface contact area quite a bit. It would be a pain in the ass to build it and it would also cost more.

However...

Two 25' coils instead of a single 50' coil wouldn't cost much more to put together and it would be a good bit more efficient than a single 50' coil... It would still be a pain in the ass to put together...
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shall I post my recipt? I would be happy to.
Wouldn't be necessary, but the price is well below what you can get that for anywhere else... approximately half of the best prices I have seen... I would make several if I were you...
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A double-coil chiller using the smaller tubing would be a good bit more efficient than a single coil of the next size up...

Splitting the incoming water feed into two separate tube coils increases the water volume and surface contact area quite a bit. It would be a pain in the ass to build it and it would also cost more.

However...

Two 25' coils instead of a single 50' coil wouldn't cost much more to put together and it would be a good bit more efficient than a single 50' coil... It would still be a pain in the ass to put together...
why is it a pain in the a$$?


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