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Old 04-06-2007, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default First Wort Chiller

Just made my first wort chiller with 50 feet of 3/8 copper. I gave it a test drive with the hose and all looks well. I can't wait to see how fast I can get that 5 gallon batch temp down for sure.



Anyone else have a pic of their homemade wort chiller

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Old 04-06-2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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Damn, that's a tall sucker! If your pot is that deep it should work REALLY well!


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Old 04-06-2007, 01:40 PM   #3
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Yeah, nice job though. I built a 40' x 3/8 chiller and also used copper wire to bind it. I actually used 14gauge wire to keep all the coils 1" apart for better wort circulation but I don't have a pic of it. I suspect a few of your top coils will never quite touch your wort which is somewhat of a waste of copper. I guess you started coiling up a corny or something and just kept going until you ran out of copper. This is why mine is only 40' long. I figured I'd find another use for the 10'.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:52 PM   #4
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That is tall! Mine used to be a little shorter than that until I put it back on a corny, unrolled it and made this one: http://www.mybrewery.shutterfly.com/...=1175867471433
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Ya it's a tall one but my pot is huge, and it just reaches the brim. Actually I can lower it a few inches at the top because I have it resting on the outtake for support, but I made it so I can slide the coils up and down if needed. With 50 feet on a 5 gallon batch I'm not to worried if a coil or two stick out . I really wanted to make sure I hit the entire range for cooling, and not just the lower to mid section.

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Nice Craig I here those Counter flow wort chiller's are even better!. Maybe down the road I'll give it a go for sure. I'm really happy on how my immersion chiller came out...
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Mine is 50ft 3/8 copper also.

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Very nice... How long does it take you to cool 5 gallons?
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Good looking IC Should work great. i decided to go with a CFC only 20 foot. that fifty footer up there is huge.
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Nice counter chiller... Ya that big beast is mine at the top. I Gave it a first run today and it got it from 225F to 65F in under 10 minutes ... so I'm pretty happy with it for sure. (It basically drops about 40F ever 2 minutes). Way better than my ice bath for 45 minutes!


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