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Old 11-01-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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I was thinking about making my own wort chiller. I read online Mr Palmer's instructions on how to do this, but I cannot find any copper tubing in 30-50' lengths like he describes. I went to my lowe's and home depot and they only sold either 10' lengths or sold refrigiration tubing. Besides this, everyone I have seen making them says you can make them for about $25, but the 50' refridge tubing itself was almost $30. I am totally confused and could use some direction here........Thanks so much!!


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Old 11-01-2005, 07:00 PM   #2
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Refrigeration tubing is copper tubing...you should be able to find a 25' length. I got 3/8" od tubing, some 3/8" id plastic tubing, a garden hose adapter, and some mini hose clamps for ~$35.


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Old 11-01-2005, 07:08 PM   #3
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Okay, thanks for the input! I will go to my local Ace Hardware store then to see if they have this. Like I said, Lowes and Home depot didn't have this at all.
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:53 PM   #4
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I couldn't find 25' at Home D so I ended up using 20'. Still works fine, but more coils the better naturally...
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Interesting, because all I could find was 10' sections or one 50' for $30.
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Old 11-02-2005, 12:45 AM   #6
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Another good source is heating and airconditioning supply places. You can even get aluminum tubing! I'm seriously considering this, as I'm tired of cleaning the corrosion off of the copper tubing.
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Glad you mentioned the corrosion issue. I've been thinking about building one and had wondered about that. Anybody ever priced stainless tubing ? Is there such a thing?
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Copper is/was at a premium so your build cost will more than likely be more than those posted. Big box homecenters stock type L 1/4 i.d (3/8 o.d.) tubing in 10, 20 and 50 foot lengths and everthing else needed to build a cfc. It just might take as long to pick out everything you need as it will to actually build one depending on your knowledge of the harware.
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Glad you mentioned the corrosion issue. I've been thinking about building one and had wondered about that. Anybody ever priced stainless tubing ? Is there such a thing?

Don't do it man, stainless is a poor conductor of heat and the whole purpose of the wort chiller is to transfer the heat from the wort to the water that's leaving the chiller and the conductor between the two is the metal tubing. Copper is the way to go.

If you really feel that you need to clean your wort chiller, just dump a quart of vinegar in a 5 gallon bucket and add water. Soak the ciller in there for a short while and it will be bright and shiny.

Heck I just rinse mine after each brewing secession and store it on a shelf in the house. When I need to use it, I just rinse it off and put it in the brew pot during the last minute of the boil. She comes out bright and shiny each and every time. Yes, I know where the oxidation went. Hey, I've been drinking and bathing with water from copper tubing all my life. I ain't dead yet.
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Good point. I'm the first to confess that I brew with well water and don't even give it a second thought. What was I worried about ? Is 3/8 inch tubing fine ? Is 1/2 inch better ? I know more flow = more cooling, but is there a point where efficiency stops and water waste begins? Will this make me a more sophisticated brewer, or just mo' better, since I won't be cooling my wort for an hour in the bathtub?


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