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Old 07-05-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default 20' immersion chiller?

Would a 20' immersion with a 10' pre-chiller be enough to bring 5 1/2 gallons of boiling wort down to pitching temps within a reasonable amount of time? I only ask because 20' is the longest coil I can get without spending a ton of money on 60'.


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Old 07-05-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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I use a 25' coil, and it (with stirring/whirpooling while i'm chilling) takes about 10-15 minutes to cool below 80. I'd imagine 20' would be just fine.


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Old 07-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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I use a 20' chiller and can get a 5 gallon batch cooled in 15-20 minutes.
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Yep, a 20' will be fine - ESPECIALLY with a pre chiller.
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It'll work just fine, i have found that stirring the wort makes a huge difference in the amount of time to cool, maybe stirring the prechiller will make this thing zoom right along
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Thanks guys.
I have 2 more questions. Clear PVC tubing has a maximum working temp of 175*. Would it be ok to use this on the hot water out side of a chiller? Would this work to connect garden hose to kitchen sink?
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Thanks guys.
I have 2 more questions. Clear PVC tubing has a maximum working temp of 175*. Would it be ok to use this on the hot water out side of a chiller? Would this work to connect garden hose to kitchen sink?
I use clear PVC for everything in my brewery. No noted off-flavors, even in competition. Just make sure you have no restrictions in flow on the output side whatsoever as the softened tubing can bubble and even burst if there is restriction.

I connect to sink. You may need an adapter.


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