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Old 08-22-2010, 11:33 PM   #1
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Yesterday I used my newly made keggle for the first time. I brewed an AG batch from Midwest. Not thinking anything of it until the end of the boil, I went to put in my Stainless Steel wort chiller to boil it and it wouldn't fit because I was only brewing a 5 gallon batch and the keggle was too deep for the chiller. I ended up draining to a smaller pot and chilling in that, but is that what you guys typically do? Otherwise how do you chill the wort in a keggle?

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Old 08-22-2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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With my keggle (we used it for the first time today) we use a chiller that is designed to do a 10 gallon batch. If you want to use a chiller, get one that fits your keg so that you don't get hot side aeration. Our chiller was about halfway into the brew.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:27 AM   #3
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Is the SS immersion chiller bends at the top are bound and keep it from going into the keg?

stainless is a little hard to bend to straighten the hose connector bends on that chiller.

With copper you just cut the rise just below the bend of the lower coils hose end, then pull the coils apart some to get the right height for the upper coils end bend to clear the top of the keggle. You can then use compression fittings and the same size tubing, or use the next size up tubing to extended the existing tubing of the lower coil to the proper height to clear the keg, then solder the bend end back in place.

You may be able to get someone to tig weld an extension tubing riser on the lower coils side like done above. Compression fittings are probably more money then the cost to weld an extension on.

 
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:14 AM   #4
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On my SS chiller, the two straight tubes that go up to the inlet and outlet are pretty long, so it fits nicely. I have in the past stretched the coil just a little bit.
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:25 AM   #5
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Mine is the same as Bulls; it fits into a 10 gallon. See if you can bend the SS more to get about a foot of straight pipe before it starts the coils.

 
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:39 AM   #6
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It's this one:



I'll try to bend it but its pretty rigid. I'll talk to a friend of mine who knows how to weld. Maybe he can hook me up.

Thanks everyone. I guess worse case is I sell this one and build my own from Home Depot supplies...

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Did anything ever come of this? I am in the same boat and I am not sure what to do. I have the same model except for the hookups, which are straight to clear tubing, not to an ordinary garden hose. I just ordered some silicon tubing that I am planning on sliding over the normal tubing to protect it from the heat of the keggle...hopefully this will work.

 
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I wish I would never have gotten ridden of my SS 1/2" 50' immersion chiller. Think I would have tried using it differently now. Run the wort through the inside of the chiller have the chiller sitting in iced water. Would probably need pump though. Hmm.. It would at least be worth an experiment with boiling water.

 
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:33 PM   #9
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Did anything ever come of this? I am in the same boat and I am not sure what to do. I have the same model except for the hookups, which are straight to clear tubing, not to an ordinary garden hose. I just ordered some silicon tubing that I am planning on sliding over the normal tubing to protect it from the heat of the keggle...hopefully this will work.
I stretched out the coils and it works fine and reaches the bottom now. I've learned that running the water through it slowly cools the wort a lot faster than if its pumping through fast.

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I've learned that running the water through it slowly cools the wort a lot faster than if its pumping through fast.

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