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Old 06-16-2010, 10:07 AM   #21
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Thanks.

I updated it again. (Do a Ctrl-F5 to update your proxy server.)

 
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:01 AM   #22
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Tiber: looks good. you gave me an idear that they aren't as scary as i thought they were. do i spy marble?
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:07 PM   #23
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Awesome tutorial!

I'm going to build one in the next couple of days and test it out on an AG Blind Pig. The only alterations I'll be making are using 25 ft of Cu tubing (I live in CA where my tap water is about 74 F, I'll be using a prechiller in an ice bucket) and for the temperature probe area, I'm going to throw in a 3/8" tee with a 1/2-3/8" reducer going up and a small piece of 3/8" tubing going down. I'm going to jam the stopper/thermometer directly into the 1/2-3/8" reducer.

Wish me luck and thanks again!

 
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:12 PM   #24
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Quick question what is your routine for keeping it clean after use and sanitizing prior to use? It seems to me that cold break proteins could potentially get stuck inside.

 
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:46 AM   #25
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Quick question what is your routine for keeping it clean after use and sanitizing prior to use? It seems to me that cold break proteins could potentially get stuck inside.
I'm interested in knowing this too.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:10 AM   #26
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Just finished it. I had trouble pushing the 3/8" tubing backwards through the 1/2-3/8" reducer. There was a little ledge on the inside of the reduced. I just put a drill bit through it to knock off the ledge. One of my joints has a little pinhole leak that I need to fill. Other than that, fabrication went down without a hitch.

I also converted my immersion chiller into a pre-chiller by putting hose adapters on it. I'm really looking foward to using my new rig tomorrow.


 
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:26 AM   #27
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I just made this too. All I need to do is make a hop stopper for my brew pot, and I will be putting it all to use. Let me know how it goes.
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:33 PM   #28
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Awesome tutorial!

I'm going to build one in the next couple of days and test it out on an AG Blind Pig. The only alterations I'll be making are using 25 ft of Cu tubing (I live in CA where my tap water is about 74 F, I'll be using a prechiller in an ice bucket) and for the temperature probe area, I'm going to throw in a 3/8" tee with a 1/2-3/8" reducer going up and a small piece of 3/8" tubing going down. I'm going to jam the stopper/thermometer directly into the 1/2-3/8" reducer.

Wish me luck and thanks again!
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:40 PM   #29
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Beforehand, I just take the Iodophor left over from sanitizing my carboys, pour it into a 5 gal bucket, then siphon it through the chiller into another bucket. Keep that sanitizer handy throughout the brewing process. I then put the caps (soaked in sani) on to each end and set aside until post boil. Uncap, attach sanitized hose, run the first cup or two of hot wort through the chiller (to chase any left over sani out of it), then turn the water on and fill up my carboys.

When I'm done using it, I hook it up to my sink with some adapters I made from random stuff from the hardware store. I put it on full blast at the hottest temp I can for about 5 - 10 minutes. That chases any organics and residue out quite well. I then rotate it fully to get any excess water out (so it doesn't grow nasties). Cap it, store it for next time, repeat. Always performs, never ever had a problem. I simply love this thing, and it was so easy and cheap to build. One of the best DIY's I've done.

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1. Imperial Oatmeal Espresso Stout 2. Michigan IPL 3. Kölsch 4. Kentucky Common 5.[Nitrogen] Oat Blonde
Primary:
1. Helles 2. Helles 3. none 4. none 5. none 6. none
Secondary:
1. Brett Ale 2. none 3. none 4. none 5. none
Bottled:
About 23 gallons of beer & 3 gallons of mead
Kegged & conditioning:
Rye Barrel aged DIPA, Altbier, Helles x2

 
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:51 PM   #30
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Just finished it. I had trouble pushing the 3/8" tubing backwards through the 1/2-3/8" reducer. There was a little ledge on the inside of the reduced. I just put a drill bit through it to knock off the ledge. One of my joints has a little pinhole leak that I need to fill. Other than that, fabrication went down without a hitch.[/URL]

I also converted my immersion chiller into a pre-chiller by putting hose adapters on it. I'm really looking foward to using my new rig tomorrow.
Looks great! Nice job with that. I see you kept your coil tight with zip ties as well. I forgot to mention that in my write up, but my pictures show them there. Maybe I should edit that to include them.

I also had the same problem with the reducers, but a round file took care of that.

Also, if you have a leak, I might heat up your solder, pull apart, re-clean and reapply flux and try again. It would be more trustworthy than a solder patch.

Let us know how it works once you break it in!
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1. Imperial Oatmeal Espresso Stout 2. Michigan IPL 3. Kölsch 4. Kentucky Common 5.[Nitrogen] Oat Blonde
Primary:
1. Helles 2. Helles 3. none 4. none 5. none 6. none
Secondary:
1. Brett Ale 2. none 3. none 4. none 5. none
Bottled:
About 23 gallons of beer & 3 gallons of mead
Kegged & conditioning:
Rye Barrel aged DIPA, Altbier, Helles x2

 
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