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Old 03-01-2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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Let me start by saying I am a little excited. Also I am unemployed and bored. I decided to make a wort chiller. I am not a tech person so i was a bit skeptical. So I tried it and it looked pretty poor but wanted to test it. I boiled 3 gallons of water in my brew pot. It was at about 208 degress f. I know 212 is boiling but i got bored and didnt think it would work. It went from 208 to 75 in about 11 minutes. I think that is good. Can someone tell me if that time is good? Would wort be slower?



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Old 03-01-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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thats good, since wort is about 90% water, water will give you a good idea.


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Old 03-01-2010, 08:25 PM   #3
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nicely done nordo! Wheres the how to step by step instructions....since your board?

No seriously I'd like to do this myself if it'll save me money
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:10 PM   #4
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nicely done nordo! Wheres the how to step by step instructions....since your board?

No seriously I'd like to do this myself if it'll save me money

1. You need to buy soft copper tubing. I use 3/8 diameter. They come in all different sizes. You should have at least 25 feet but at homedepot they only had 20 feet for 21 dollars. So I made it work.

2. You will also need to get a hose with about 3/8 outer diameter to stick on each end and tighten with hose clamps. I got 10 feet and cut it in half with 5 foot on each end.

3. Next you need to tighten the coil of copper to your desired radius, you want about two inches on each side of your brew pot, so if your brewpot is 18 inches across, you want your coils to measure about 14 wide leaving 2 inches on the sides. I wrapped the coil around a coffee can as it was the correct radius for me.

4. Next you need to bend the bottom at a 90 degree angle to go straight up and curve it out of your brewpot. The top end you need to pretty much do the same but you should already be near the top. Try not to get a kink in the copper. Take your time. I did get a little kink but it still seems to work ok.

5. The top tube will empty the water, so no need to adjust. The tube coming from the bottom needs to attach to a water source. I bought a fitting for the hose to my kitchen faucet for 3.00.

6. Thats pretty much it. It cost me like 25 dollars. Again it doesnt look pretty but worked well. I will include another picture.

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Old 03-01-2010, 09:14 PM   #5
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Those are great numbers. 11 min?! Nothing to argue with there! I'm sure wort has a higher specific heat (scientific way to say it takes more energy change temperature) because of the addition of sugars and other things but the differences in numbers on our end will be minimal. Great job on that chiller!


 
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:02 PM   #6
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I have that exact same brewpot and will probably be making a wort chiller close to what you did. Looks great!

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:26 PM   #7
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I have that exact same brewpot and will probably be making a wort chiller close to what you did. Looks great!
I believe the pot was a walmart special. The wort chiller was pretty easy to make. good luck
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:55 AM   #8
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I am making one of these this weekend. This is good stuff

 
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:35 PM   #9
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I made my own several years ago with great success. I found that in the summer I had to use a prechiller in an ice bath to get the temp down quick enough for a good cold break.

I've put pictures and lessons learned at olderascal.com/wortchiller

Hopefully this will help the unintiated. BTW, I didn't do it because I couldn't get it, but the 3/8" tubing is the way to go.

 
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:09 PM   #10
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On this same vein, are there any specific types of aquarium pumps that I should look for or stay away from? I'm not a total hipster or anything but I kinda have an issue with running water like that for so long, seems just as easy to fill the sink with ice packs and water and recirculate through. will probably cool it a lot faster that way too.



 
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