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Old 12-02-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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I want to give a big heads-up to all my fellow newbie homebrewers (I only have 1 batch so far).

I decided to get a full boil setup for Christmas and picked up a turkey fryer, 9-gallon pot, and propane tank last night. Of course, trying to cool 5 gallons of wort in a ice water bath is (nearly) impossible. So, along with my turkey fryer setup, I purchased 50 feet of refrigeration grade, 3/8" OD soft copper tubing and a few fitting to make my own immersion wort chiller.

Let me tell you, I cannot believe how EASY it was to make this and how WELL IT WORKS!!! It took about 15 minutes to build and I didn't use any tools but my hands. I'll tell you, it may not be as pretty as the "commercial" ones you can buy but it works like a charm and was significantly cheaper.

As a test (and to clean/sanitize), I brought 6 gallons of water to boil in the fryer. I dunked the chiller and waited ~5 minutes. I hooked up a garden hose to the chiller and the spigot on the outside of my house, cut off the flame and turned on the water. The temp went from 212* to 72* in about 7 minutes. I was amazed! And it so much easier than the water bath too!

All in all, I'm really satisfied with my homemade wort chiller and would recommned this over a water bath any day. You can't beat 50' of copper and some fittings for $50. Norther Brewer has copper chillers for $70, but they're only 25' of copper. Plus, you gotta pay for shipping.



 
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:26 PM   #2
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Do you have any pictures?



 
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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IM Chillers are one of the best investments I've made on the brewing front, for sure.

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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Nice work, but i'd like to see a picture too , not that what it looks like makes ANY diff

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:45 AM   #5
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I'll see what I can do. It certainly doesn't look pretty, and really all it is is 50' of copper tubing coiled up.

IMO: functionality > aesthetics

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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IMO: functionality > aesthetics

HAHA - and as I have learned -> Form follows Function

I am looking to make a IC soon, so thanks for the confidence booster.

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:48 PM   #7
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HAHA - and as I have learned -> Form follows Function

I am looking to make a IC soon, so thanks for the confidence booster.
Do it! Again, they are SO EASY to make and you save a fair amount of money.



 
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