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Old 12-09-2010, 05:40 PM   #31
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granted, if you are using barrels of coolant, then maybe vodka is too pricey.
for smaller systems though, a few PLASTIC bottles of cheap vodka will do the trick. grey goose and absolut need not apply!

shame that the anaconda/trunk is in storage. helluva build.

 
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:01 PM   #32
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Pardon my ignorance, but why would you build something like this?
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:24 PM   #33
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Several reasons, actually.
In a nutshell, it's to get beer to my tower, and keep it cold on its way there.

In more detail, it's because I was using a chest freezer converted to a beer cooler, and stored under my bar. You can't cut the front off of a chest freezer to make it front loading, and I didn't want to hinge the 8' bar top to get to the lid. So I was left with a requirement that the freezer be able to slide out from under the bar. Since the tower was to the right of, and higher than the chest freezer, I had to engineer a flexible trunk line. This is to deliver the beer to the tower, and allow enough slack for the freezer to slide out. The obvious problem with this is that there is 7' of line outside the cooler getting warm! I could have bought trunk line from MicroMatic, but I didn't want to spend $7+ per foot for it. So I decided to build my own. The chiller build was for the same reason. I could have bought a proper glycol chiller, but they are expensive, loud, and big.

The last reason is just because I like to build stuff! And it was fun
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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:22 AM   #34
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Hey SweetSounds, it's been about two years since your last post on this. I'm building a clone of your chiller. Curious if you are still using yours, and any updates, mods, or lessons learned I could use. Thanks

 
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:02 AM   #35
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yes bump and I don't see final pics
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #36
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yes bump and I don't see final pics
How times change - I haven't brewed in almost 2 years now, am married, moved, and have a 1 year old...

The house this was in is sold, and the entire rig is in storage.
In fact, I'm placing this chiller for sale in my "For Sale" thread here:
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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

 
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