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Old 02-19-2013, 10:47 PM   #171
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I have 20' of 1/2", our water temps here in SW Houston are pretty high. I was planning on pumping ice water through it and recirculating it until I reach pitching temps.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:00 PM   #172
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I have 20' of 1/2", our water temps here in SW Houston are pretty high. I was planning on pumping ice water through it and recirculating it until I reach pitching temps.
I'm not sure 20' will be enough. Although if your cooling water is around 32F and you can adjust the flow rate of your hot wort, then you should be fine.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #173
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Any idea if you can convert an existing IC into a CFC easily? I have a 25' IC that i'd like to repurpose into a CFC if possible instead of spending the money on the copper again...just not sure how easy it will be to get the hose on....
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #174
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Getting the hose on is easy. Straighten out the copper, put some soapy water in the hose and slide it through.

I'd be more worried about the inside of the copper pipe though. What's in there vs new?
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:43 AM   #175
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Went with a cheap hose the first time I built this. Wanted to upgrade the hose and put 1/2" threaded fittings on the ends of the soft copper. The nice rubber hose was on sale for 20$. Ended up breaking the soft copper and mashing two fittings during the refitting!

Oh well, you live and learn. At least now I'm all set for disconnects. Thanks again for this write up.
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:24 PM   #176
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Went with a cheap hose the first time I built this.
Can't say I didn't warn you....
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Don't use the cheap plastic crap from Walmart. I got good quality rubber hose from SEARS.
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Oh well, you live and learn. At least now I'm all set for disconnects. Thanks again for this write up.
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I really enjoyed reading this thread. Like most home brewers, I just finished building 2 - 25 foot CF chillers, one of which I sold. Thanks to all who replied to this thread, especially Tiber Brew for starting this thread. The chiller works great.
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Anyone have any tips for getting the wort flow rate up other than buying a pump? Fed by gravity it took about 25 minutes to go through by gravity. I got excellent heat transfer though, the wort coming out was about 56 degrees.
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Anyone have any tips for getting the wort flow rate up other than buying a pump? Fed by gravity it took about 25 minutes to go through by gravity. I got excellent heat transfer though, the wort coming out was about 56 degrees.

What diameter ball valve and tubing?
Whats the distance between the pot, cfc and fermenter?

P.s- I recently bought the 20$ little tan pump and so far its great.
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What diameter ball valve and tubing?
Whats the distance between the pot, cfc and fermenter?

P.s- I recently bought the 20$ little tan pump and so far its great.
Which pump? I'm guessing it's buried in the thread somewhere...

1/2" ball valve on a megapot
3/8" REF tubing

I had the pot connected with 18" tubing which dropped the top of the chiller about 6" below the pot. carboy was directly under the out of the temp probe T
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