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Old 07-21-2010, 12:03 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I'm making an immersion wort chiller today. I've heard people say it's better to have the initial cold water run from bottom to top and out while other say it's better to run top to bottom and out. What do you feel is the best flow to cool quickly and why?

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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I honestly don't think is really matters either way, especially if you are planning to whirlpool.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:10 PM   #3
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i built mine top to bottom then out, there will be a temperature diff between the top and bottom of the pot unless you stir. I added a whirlpool tube to my IC, not for the whirlpool effect but to keep wort moving around the chiller so it cools evenly and doesn't require stirring or moving the chiller to cool faster.
I'd add the whirlpool attachment now while you are building it so if you want to use it later it's ready to go.

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Old 07-21-2010, 12:39 PM   #4
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How do I add a whirlpool attachment? I'll be working with 1/4 in soft coil copper piping.

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:32 PM   #5
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Lots of info here about a whirlpool IC http://www.mrmalty.com/chiller.php
And i built the one I have from the instructions here http://www.wortomatic.com/php/articles.php?ID=11

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:06 PM   #6
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Mac, 1/4" is awfully narrow. Can you get something thicker?

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:51 PM   #7
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Here are some of the best prices on the net:
50' of 1/2" for $43. Just a suggestion.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:44 PM   #8
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Thanks for the link to the tubing. I was all set to buy a coil of 3/8 from Amazon for ~50ish delivered.

 
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:10 AM   #9
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i built mine top to bottom then out, there will be a temperature diff between the top and bottom of the pot unless you stir. I added a whirlpool tube to my IC, not for the whirlpool effect but to keep wort moving around the chiller so it cools evenly and doesn't require stirring or moving the chiller to cool faster.
I'd add the whirlpool attachment now while you are building it so if you want to use it later it's ready to go.

Here's mine
Nice Chiller.... Where's my residual?


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Old 07-22-2010, 03:18 AM   #10
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For those who do not want to make their chiller, here is a link to where I bought mine. They were the cheapest when I bought mine. http://www.nybrewsupply.com/products...sion.php#c1250
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