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Old 03-14-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default 25' vs 50' IC (again?)

Hey, I know I've seen a couple threads with people asking the question, but I wanted to get a definitive (maybe?) answer

is 25' or 50' IC better for 5 gal batches? 10 gal batches?

the reason i ask is because I have come by the chance to buy 30' of 3/8" copper tubing for $20. i believe that is quite inexpensive by today's market.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:31 PM   #2
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my 25' cools my 10gal batches just fine.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:49 PM   #3
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Take the deal, it should work fine. If not, you still have a decent deal on copper tubing.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
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With that price on 30' I'd grab at least one coil and make an IC from it... Where did you see the good price on 30'??

BTW, I used 20' to make my IC and it does a nice job on my 5 gallon batches... I plan on making another out of 50' just to cool the wort faster. Plus, I'll be ready for 10 gallon batches.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:57 PM   #5
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posted a wanted ad on CL, some plumbing co replied, offered $20 for it
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I have a 50' Ribcage IC that I just built with a 25' pre-chiller (old IC) for my 5 gal batches. Overkill yes! But damn does it chill my wort fast.
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You really have to take into consideration your locale. Denver, San Francisco - I have to assume the water is coming out of the ground pretty cold year round. Here in South Texas, I run 2, 50' chillers; one as a pre-chiller and on as an immersion. In the summer, I am pushing to get below 80.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:13 AM   #8
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yea, that's true, i live in SC, so pretty bad, but not as bad as TX i assume
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25' works great for me, 5gal batches.
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