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Old 02-14-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever taken a temperature reading of the water(not the wort) that is leaving the counterflow chiller? The reason I ask is because I am shopping for a rubber hose to make a CFC and was wondering what temperature rating to use. I have seen hoses rated for 160 degrees, and others rated for 200 degrees . Is the 160 degree rating high enough to handle the outgoing water temp? I know the exit water would be hot, but i'm looking for an exact high temp reading. Thanks


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Old 02-14-2009, 01:23 AM   #2
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I just use a standard run-of-the-mill garden hose...

IIRC, my last batch was the highest output temp from the water and it was around 100*F... I use a recirculating pump and a cooler full of ice water though...

Curious, what is the concern about the output temp of the water?


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Curious, what is the concern about the output temp of the water?
to see what type of hose to use, 160 deg or 200 deg. I was concerned the water coming out would be extremely hot, and that the 160 deg hose could not handle it.....I guess I could speed up or slow down the flow rate of the water coming out of the tap to compensate. Too hot coming out of the chiller, speed up flow.
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Gotcha... Like I said, I just use a standard garden hose... I guess the recirc pump / ice water helps out quite a bit...

I use one of these with a cooler full of ice...
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I just realized I have one of those pumps in my backyard fountain. I searched that link you gave me to harbor freight, and they have 50 ft of 180 degree hose for $20...problem solved.
Also, how much ice, water, time, etc. does it take to cool your wort down, I'm thinking that might be the way to go instead of running the faucet constantly.
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I use gravity feed from my keggle... Maybe 15 minutes from flame-out to 75-ish* in the Better Bottle... Use 20lbs of ice (procured from work for free or the grocery store for $2)

Old pic, but first run for the CFC

Never really timed it, but if I do, I will let you know...
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Nice setup!!!

Thank you, I appreciate your help. Gonna build it soon.
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Good luck... Let us know how it works out...

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Just bought the materials to make my CFC. Actually bought enough to make 2. 50 ft of high temp rubber garden hose, 50 ft 3/8 OD type L copper tubing, 4-1/2" copper tees, 4-1/2" to 3/8" copper reducers, and a bunch of zip ties, all for just under $70. I'm pretty handy with soldering, so that shouldn't be any hassle. Fingers crossed.
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Duckfoot question for you. So rather thern hooking up your counterflow to the sink, you pump ice water through it using the pump in the above link? I am just trying to understand your plumbing as I am building a brew stand and want to employ a counterflow so looking at all my options. can you give us a rundown of how your chiller works?


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