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Old 03-23-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Need help with a new immersion chiller!

Ok so I only recently started doing AG batches a couple weeks ago, and I've been using my old 25 ft (3/8") IC w/ pretty disappointing results. It cooled the partial boils just fine, but is definitely not adequate for cooling 5+ gallons. I want to start doing 10 gallon batches soon so a chiller upgrade is definitely in my near future.

I'm going to use my old IC as a pre-chiller and would like another 50 ft (1/2") IC for the kettle.

My question: I'm using the B3 15 gal kettle which leaves me with only 6 or 7 inches of wort when I do 5 gallon batches. Most of the 50ft chillers I've seen are 10+ inches so I'd essentially be wasting a lot of it's chilling potential right? Is there some reason nobody seems to make a shorter/wider IC?

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Old 03-23-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Make one. I've thought about getting a 50' coil and I know it wouldn't be submerged in my pot, so I would just have to do it myself.


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Old 03-23-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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Yeah I figured I might have to go that route. So there's no technical reason for the size/shape of pre-made chillers right? I can't think of any but who knows...I overlook stuff a lot. :P
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Yeah I figured I might have to go that route. So there's no technical reason for the size/shape of pre-made chillers right? I can't think of any but who knows...I overlook stuff a lot. :P
Probably made due to the standard turkey fryer type pots people use. Surface area of your submerged coil won't change.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:55 PM   #5
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Probably made due to the standard turkey fryer type pots people use. Surface area of your submerged coil won't change.
Cool thanks!
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I gotta tell you, I still do extract brews, but I also do full boils, and my 33', 3/8" copper IC gets 5 gallons from boiling down to 70F in 9 minutes. Could have something to do with the fact that we have icy-cold well water.
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Consider getting a pump like this. It will do the work of the pre-chiller for you. Drop it in a bucket of ice water and off you go.

Just a thought.
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Consider getting a pump like this. It will do the work of the pre-chiller for you. Drop it in a bucket of ice water and off you go.

Just a thought.
That's an awesome idea! I'm prob still going to make another chiller though for when I start doing 10 gal boils, but that thing looks cool.

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Could have something to do with the fact that we have icy-cold well water.
Yeah that's the problem here in Texas. I can get temps down to 100F within 5-10 minutes...it's the last 20 degrees that takes forever.
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That's an awesome idea! I'm prob still going to make another chiller though for when I start doing 10 gal boils, but that thing looks cool.

Yeah that's the problem here in Texas. I can get temps down to 100F within 5-10 minutes...it's the last 20 degrees that takes forever.
The ice water and your present chiller will work for 5 gallon batches but for 10 you will need to upgrade. You might call B3 and ask them how much to make one in a larger diameter to fit your kettle. Here is a nice little thread on recirculating ice water.
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They are so easy to make. I'd just build it. Just buy some tubing and bend around whatever round object fits your diameter (lots of people use a corny keg).

You can get siphon hose to fit the tubing, and a garden hose to barb adapter to go on the end you hook to the faucet.

In TX you may want to use a pump and ice water to get it cooled faster. Here in Michigan, I just use tap water...


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