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Old 03-24-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Will a 25' 3/8'' copper wort chiller do the job?

I am going to all-grain and will be brewing in a 40qt stainless pot. Will the above be able to cool down the wort in under 20 minutes?


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Depending on the temperature of your water that you send through the IC, sure.

Make sure to move that chiller around to get the wort moving. You'll get a faster cooling if you keep the wort moving and avoid hot and cold spots.


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Depending on the temperature of your water that you send through the IC, sure.

Make sure to move that chiller around to get the wort moving. You'll get a faster cooling if you keep the wort moving and avoid hot and cold spots.
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If you move swirl the chiller in the opposite direction of the water flow you'll get come counter current flow action to greatly increase your efficiency.


My 25' 3/8" can chill a 5 gallon batch to pitching temps in about 15 minutes. My groundwater is fairly cold though. This time of year it can be anywhere between 45-50F
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Don't forget to pull the coils apart so they aren't touching each other.More coil surface to hot wort=better cooling.
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Depending on the temperature of your water that you send through the IC, sure.

Make sure to move that chiller around to get the wort moving. You'll get a faster cooling if you keep the wort moving and avoid hot and cold spots.
+2, I find that in the summer it takes up to 40 minutes to do the job, and I do 10 in the kettle, move to a sanitized 13 gallon bucket and continue (seems to buy a few more minutes since the pot tends to cool slower). I bought a CFC recently as I want to speed it up but otherwise I planned on rigging up a prechiller in an icebucket for my IC for summer cooling.
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I've found that in the fall through spring, it's perfectly fine in my 40qt... as long as I get the wort moving. I just stir with a sanitized spoon... the temperature drops quicker, and you get past that little ceiling of temperature right about 80d that way.

In summer, I use a fountain pump in a cooler with a couple gallon jugs frozen solid. With that size IC, I can get the temp down to the mid sixties within thirty minutes. But again, the trick has always been to keep the wort moving during chill.


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