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Old 02-24-2009, 01:04 AM   #31
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Levels or mold and bacteria counts are typically 100-1000 higher concentration INSIDE than inside your home. I have the my wort open to the breeze during my cooling step and have had no problems.

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:34 AM   #32
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I've been researching making one also but was planning on using 25' of 1/2" copper. Is this too short? Will it still have high enough efficiency?

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:25 AM   #33
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I brew outdoors all the time. Never had an issue with things blowing in the breeze. I used to worry but my buddy, who also brews, says "Monks used to brew by a running stream....they made beer, don't worry". Changed my perspective.

 
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:26 PM   #34
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I've been researching making one also but was planning on using 25' of 1/2" copper. Is this too short? Will it still have high enough efficiency?
i made mine out of 20' of 3/8'' copper and it cools just fine

anyhoo anymore opinions on using zip ties to hold it together? i hope im not sabotaging my own brew

 
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:37 PM   #35

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i made mine out of 20' of 3/8'' copper and it cools just fine

anyhoo anymore opinions on using zip ties to hold it together? i hope im not sabotaging my own brew
I've used zip ties for two years.
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:01 PM   #36
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:01 AM   #38
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:46 AM   #39
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I used 20' of 3/8" copper as well, and with my recirculating setup (a fountain pump from Harbor Freight immersed in a bucket of icewater), I get my wort from 212* down to 80* in about 25 minutes, and only use about 5 gallons of water + ice.

I'm going to look into swapping the input and output, since I think I have the cold water going into the bottom of the IC, where it isn't as efficient because it essentially gets preheated before it starts working through the coil...
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:19 PM   #40
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I'm going to look into swapping the input and output, since I think I have the cold water going into the bottom of the IC, where it isn't as efficient because it essentially gets preheated before it starts working through the coil...
Do you stir your wort while chilling it? If so...who cares if the heat gets exchanged in the bottom or the top of the wort? It's going to get homogenized anyway by the stirring.

If not...why not? It makes the chiller work much more efficiently.
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