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Old 01-18-2013, 01:11 AM   #151
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I guess that explains why they work at lowes and home depot and not in their field. I'm sure lowes pays them competitively with the field to keep the best :-)

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:14 PM   #152
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I guess that explains why they work at lowes and home depot and not in their field. I'm sure lowes pays them competitively with the field to keep the best :-)

Thanks all for your help.
off topic but I remeber one time I ran out of solder and the supply house was a bit far away so I ran to home depot. While getting the lead free I overheard the plumbing aisle guy tell a home owner it doesnt matter what kind of gas he has at his house. Whatever water heater he got ( propane or natural gas ) would work just fine ... the only difference was the additives....hahahahaha lol I jumped in before there was a big blue flame in that guys town.


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Old 01-18-2013, 11:20 PM   #153
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I have been looking at so many options, I need to get it straight. I used to think I could track this stuff better. I got confused when I read the original build pages and they specified 3/8 reducers, but they won't fit the 3/8 od pipe.

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5/8 water hose, 3/8 OD refrigeration tubing, and 1/2 x 1/4 reducers, 1/2 pipe.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:25 PM   #154
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I have been looking at so many options, I need to get it straight. I used to think I could track this stuff better. I got confused when I read the original build pages and they specified 3/8 reducers, but they won't fit the 3/8 od pipe.

So, one needs

5/8 water hose, 3/8 OD refrigeration tubing, and 1/2 x 1/4 reducers, 1/2 pipe.
The reducers I originally got said 3/8, but that's referring to the ID of the reduced end. If it's specified by [pipe size] x [tube size], then yes, get the 1/2 x 1/4 reducers.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks Tiber_Brew for posting your tutorial. I finally took the plunge and unraveled my IC to make a CFC this weekend. Here's a couple pictures from my build. I Incorporated the thermometer option and also threw a ball valve on my water intake so I can adjust it if I need to. I ran a test with boiling water and ice water pumping through it and got 3 gallons down to 69 degrees in 4.66 mins. I usually do 10gal batches and have about 12 or so gals after the boil so I should be able to get it to temp in about 20 minutes as apposed to over an hour with my IC. My IC was 25' 3/8" dia. My CFC is just a little less than that.



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Old 01-22-2013, 02:26 AM   #156
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Thanks Tiber_Brew for posting your tutorial. I finally took the plunge and unraveled my IC to make a CFC this weekend. Here's a couple pictures from my build. I Incorporated the thermometer option and also threw a ball valve on my water intake so I can adjust it if I need to. I ran a test with boiling water and ice water pumping through it and got 3 gallons down to 69 degrees in 4.66 mins. I usually do 10gal batches and have about 12 or so gals after the boil so I should be able to get it to temp in about 20 minutes as apposed to over an hour with my IC. My IC was 25' 3/8" dia. My CFC is just a little less than that.
Glad it's working out for you!
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I just ordered 20' of 1/2" od refrigeration copper tubing, and a 25' 5/8" id rubber hose on it's way. I can't wait to put this together.
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I just ordered 20' of 1/2" od refrigeration copper tubing, and a 25' 5/8" id rubber hose on it's way. I can't wait to put this together.
Hope it works out for you! Post back with your results
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Tried mine on a batch last weekend for the first time and it worked great! Cooled 5 gallons down to 68 in just under 15 minutes. Very happy with this chiller.
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I put this together yesterday and put it to work tonight. Works great. Got 5.5g down to 78 in about 10 minutes. When I eventually install a ball valve i'll be able to adjust the flow to get me lower.

Anyway, thanks OP for the design


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