Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks > Building an HLT..
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-28-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
Hawgbranch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hawgbranch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Posts: 374
Likes Given: 2

Default Building an HLT..

I am putting together an HLT out of Sankey keg. Starting with a spigot and a thermometer. But, I would like to add a Sight Glass and possibly work my old 25' immersion chiller in there to recirculate my mash. (Once I get a pump)

My question has to do with the 25' immersion chiller. Is that enough copper line to properly heat while recirculating?
I have thought about stretching the chiller but understand I run the risk of breaking it.
I would like to use that chiller somewhere in my gear.
Thanks!


Hawgbranch is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
BargainFittings
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
BargainFittings's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Allen TX
Posts: 1,939
Liked 60 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

How are you going to stretch the copper?


BargainFittings is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2009, 04:56 PM   #3
Hawgbranch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hawgbranch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Posts: 374
Likes Given: 2

Default

Well, I was hoping I wouldn't have to stretch it. I have heard of heating it and stretching it slowly but I would rather not if I don't have to. Before I got the Counter Flow Chiller I was thinking of making one. That was when I had considered stretching my immersion chiller.
Hawgbranch is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2009, 05:00 PM   #4
cruelkix
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Aurora, CO
Posts: 524
Liked 16 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawgbranch View Post
Well, I was hoping I wouldn't have to stretch it. I have heard of heating it and stretching it slowly but I would rather not if I don't have to. Before I got the Counter Flow Chiller I was thinking of making one. That was when I had considered stretching my immersion chiller.
I used 20 ft of 1/2" copper and it seems to be working pretty well. Just make sure your flow rate is slow enough to give the liquid time to heat up and you should be fine. I felt a very very noticeable difference in temperature between the water that was in my MLT and the Water coming out of the heating coil. It's not going to heat the whole thing up quickly from like 100 degrees to 170, but I don't think it will have any issues maintaining or stepping up from my original mash in temp.

HTH!
Craig
cruelkix is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2009, 05:33 PM   #5
Hawgbranch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hawgbranch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Posts: 374
Likes Given: 2

Default

Yeah, I had planned to go ahead and heat my water to strike temps and then use the recirculation to maintain mash temps or even raise it to mash out temps if possible.
Hawgbranch is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2009, 11:46 PM   #6
Hawgbranch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hawgbranch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Posts: 374
Likes Given: 2

Default

Just need to know if a 25' immersion chiller is effecient enough to use in an HLT for recirculation purposes.....
Hawgbranch is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2009, 11:58 PM   #7
nm999
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Az
Posts: 93
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawgbranch View Post
Well, I was hoping I wouldn't have to stretch it. I have heard of heating it and stretching it slowly but I would rather not if I don't have to. Before I got the Counter Flow Chiller I was thinking of making one. That was when I had considered stretching my immersion chiller.
Someone was messing with you.
nm999 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2009, 01:19 AM   #8
Hawgbranch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hawgbranch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Posts: 374
Likes Given: 2

Default

Maybe so.
But I didnt mean stretch the copper per se, but stretch the chiller. Enough so that coils aren't touching.
If 25' aint enough to do the job I won't mess with it.
Hawgbranch is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2009, 01:32 AM   #9
nm999
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Az
Posts: 93
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I think most people use about 25' for a HEX so you should be fine.
nm999 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2009, 03:13 AM   #10
Ohio-Ed
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ohio-Ed's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,072
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts

Default

What is the diameter of the tubing? Personally, I wouldn't make a hex coil from less than 1/2" diameter. Less than that at 25' long really starts to restrict your pumps ability to move the wort.


Ohio-Ed is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
building my first MLT 400d Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks 27 12-26-2009 04:01 PM
Need Help Building a CD BleedsDogFish General Chit Chat 1 12-12-2008 10:46 PM
Building a Wet Bar Lepoc2635 Kegerators and Keezers 9 07-27-2007 10:03 PM
Building my first MLT Turkeyfoot Jr. Equipment/Sanitation 8 07-17-2007 06:05 PM
Building an FAQ Cheesefood HomeBrewTalk Announcements & Feedback 6 10-14-2005 05:05 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS