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Old 09-24-2011, 04:50 AM   #111
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Trying to put the hose fittings on mine.
Does the copper need to be flared to work in the compression fitting?[...]
Compression fittings for copper tubing don't require a flare - in fact you can't even use a compression fitting if the line is flared...

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:52 AM   #112
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I went today and bought the supplies to make mine!

I also used the 50 foot 3/8" O.D. copper tubing, and the compression fittings that connect to a garden hose.

I have yet to test it, but should soon!
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:31 PM   #113
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Just made mine. Not as pretty as some but effective!

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:25 AM   #114
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Do.have to clean the tubing somehow before using it? Just wondering if the copper tubing might have some kind of oil or lead in or on it.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:21 PM   #115
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I plan on building my own I just wonder if we put spacers in between each coil, if it would open up the area that comes in contact with the wort. might increase efficiency

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:20 PM   #116
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Do.have to clean the tubing somehow before using it? Just wondering if the copper tubing might have some kind of oil or lead in or on it.

Hutch
Not really, you can just do a good spray down with water and if you feel inclined to clean just lightly scrub with a sponge and some dish soap.

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I plan on building my own I just wonder if we put spacers in between each coil, if it would open up the area that comes in contact with the wort. might increase efficiency
i think when its compacted its more effective, but if you just naturally coil with lots of space like my early post above it covers a great deal of surface area. i can cool 10 gallons from boil to 75 degrees in about 20-25min.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:34 AM   #117
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so, i have a question. would this go on the outside or the inside. if you put it on the inside you would have to worry about contamination and possibly a metallic taste? i am thinking of making one of these but im not sure how to use it. I am new to brewing so any help would be appreciated. BTW i am using a bucket kit for my brewing.

 
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:52 AM   #118
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so, i have a question. would this go on the outside or the inside. if you put it on the inside you would have to worry about contamination and possibly a metallic taste? i am thinking of making one of these but im not sure how to use it. I am new to brewing so any help would be appreciated. BTW i am using a bucket kit for my brewing.
It would go on the inside of your kettle or pot to cool down the boiling wort. No worries on metallic taste, all of our lines in the house are made with copper too!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:15 PM   #119
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Copper tubing sales has immersion chiller kits in 25 & 50 ft lengths for 3/8 or 1/2 tubing. All fittings and coil for 50 ft 1/2 inch chiller is 65 bucks. Put that on the Santa wish list. Will build over the holiday...been awhile since I sweated joints, but it is easy and should be fun to do it.

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:00 PM   #120
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Copper tubing sales has immersion chiller kits in 25 & 50 ft lengths for 3/8 or 1/2 tubing. All fittings and coil for 50 ft 1/2 inch chiller is 65 bucks. Put that on the Santa wish list. Will build over the holiday...been awhile since I sweated joints, but it is easy and should be fun to do it.

TSCHMITT, have you built yours yet? I was cruising through this thread and today searched for copper tubing & found the 'Home Brew Immersion Chiller Kits' on their website. The prices seems very fair, 50ft of 3/8 tubing with fittings for $50...Not bad at all. It would seem with the garden hose fitting option all I would need to pick up are the washing machine hoses to go with it.

The only real conern I have about building it is making sure it fits properly (diamter and height wise) in my kettle (10Gal. Bayou Classic). Is there any issue with having a 50' chiller with coils sticking out of the wort as I'm only doing partial boils at this point? (I suppose I could just spray it with StarSan before using too, right?)

 
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