Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Is 20' of copper enough?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-29-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
italynstallyn44
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
Posts: 57
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Is 20' of copper enough?

I know this question has been asked before, but I have seen many conflicting answers and just wanted to get an up to date opinion.

I want to build an immersion wort chiller. The problem, HD and Lowes only sell 20' lengths of copper. I want to know if this will be sufficient. I am about to start doing all grain 5 gal. full boils.

Couple of details:
The kettle I want to get is 13.5" wide by 15" high
I live in New Jersey, so tap water temps aren't too high


italynstallyn44 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2010, 06:11 PM   #2
wildwest450
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 9,099
Liked 170 Times on 155 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

25 ft is the minimum I would go. You can get a 50ft coil online and then you're all set for double batches. My 50 footer works great for single and double batches.


wildwest450 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2010, 06:52 PM   #3
wilserbrewer
BIAB Expert Tailor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 10 reviews
 
wilserbrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jersey Shore, Jersey
Posts: 8,077
Liked 787 Times on 631 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

With IC's, the key factor is the chilling water temp. A twenty footer will likely work fine in the winter months. During the summer heat, tap water temps can be so warm that a 50 footer won't get you as low as you would like. Twenty is likely too samall as you also have a foot or aso at each end that is not in contact w/ the wort.
wilserbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2010, 07:06 PM   #4
JewBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 175
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I use an IC made from 20' of pipe that i picked up at HD. During the winter it chills 5 gallon batches no problem. During the summer I use the tap water to cool the wort down to 150-160 degrees and then recirculate ice water to chill it the rest of the way.

Its all about having a sufficient temperature gradient increased surface area makes the chiller more efficient though.
JewBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2010, 08:00 PM   #5
jwatson
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Posts: 10
Default

I used the same 20' copper from HD. I made a coil around a bucket I had and used some solid copper wire to hold the coils together. I found that when the IC is set on the bottom of my pot it is only half as tall as it should be. If I had to do it again I would use the 50' To make sure the coil goes from the bottom of the BK to the top of the wort. If you use the 20', try to space out your coils to get better spacing in your pot without having to hold it.

The performance has been fine but I have to hold it in the middle of the pot. For my last batch I cooled 5 gal to 70F in under 20 minutes, but I was in my garage in Chicago and it was about 35F outside.


jwatson is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All copper CFC $46.03 TXCrash Equipment/Sanitation 12 02-14-2013 01:41 AM
Questions about copper poisoning/copper pipes + hoses in herms system kingoslo Equipment/Sanitation 32 08-24-2010 12:43 AM
Copper Still imanseau Equipment/Sanitation 34 07-17-2009 06:11 PM
Copper vs. PVC oguss0311 Equipment/Sanitation 6 04-17-2008 02:49 PM
New copper jerly Equipment/Sanitation 4 06-29-2007 09:15 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS