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Old 09-08-2012, 12:28 AM   #81
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I may have missed this, but has anyone found that a 20' - 25' counter flow chiller requires a pump to move the wort through? I saw a video on YouTube that warned 15' was about the longest you would want to go without a pump.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:13 AM   #82
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Mine is 20' and gravity feeds just fine. Most of the threads and instructions I've come across recommend a 25' length. I only went with 20' because that was the length of copper tubing I had available to me.

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I may have missed this, but has anyone found that a 20' - 25' counter flow chiller requires a pump to move the wort through? I saw a video on YouTube that warned 15' was about the longest you would want to go without a pump.

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:44 AM   #83
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what size copper tubing did you use for the outer bit of copper for the water?
It is made from 3/8" OD copper inside 5/8" OD copper.
I have a writeup about it Here

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Old 09-09-2012, 02:11 AM   #84
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I'm planning on making an all copper CFC. And I was able to get a 50' roll of both 3/8" and 3/4".
Would there be anything wrong with usin the 3/4" copper tube on the outside?

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Old 09-09-2012, 02:46 AM   #85
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I'm planning on making an all copper CFC. And I was able to get a 50' roll of both 3/8" and 3/4".
Would there be anything wrong with usin the 3/4" copper tube on the outside?
Absolutely no problem at all.

With the tubing you bought, (50' coil of each) make two CFCs, 25' each in more than enough.
'just saying'.

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Old 09-09-2012, 03:25 PM   #86
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:42 PM   #87
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:50 PM   #88
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I was looking for this thread to finally cut up my immersion chiller and make a counterflow, I'm surprised it is still kicking!

Living in Phoenix my tap water in the dead of winter is 80-85 degrees, summer temps are around 103 to 106 degrees, normally I use a pond pump to move a cooler full of ice water through my IC, I will be keeping this same process, just pushing the ice water through the CFC instead, maybe I can reduce the amount of ice I need, current setup requires 50 lbs of ice to chill a batch
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:03 AM   #89
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I was looking for this thread to finally cut up my immersion chiller and make a counterflow, I'm surprised it is still kicking!

Living in Phoenix my tap water in the dead of winter is 80-85 degrees, summer temps are around 103 to 106 degrees, normally I use a pond pump to move a cooler full of ice water through my IC, I will be keeping this same process, just pushing the ice water through the CFC instead, maybe I can reduce the amount of ice I need, current setup requires 50 lbs of ice to chill a batch
Hope the CFC helps you cut down on your ice consumption! That's quite a bit! I imagine you'll be pretty happy with a CFC. Post back your results if you end up building one.

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Old 09-20-2012, 02:28 AM   #90
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Just built your CFC this past weekend out of my old IC. Works great! Tested it with some boiling water, and as you can see, worked like a charm. Thanks for the writeup!
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