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Old 08-17-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
Apr 2012
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i know there are a lot of threads out there on this, but didn't see the answers to my questions. i'm planning on making a DIY wort chiller, similar to this one:

-do i need to get a certain type of copper tubing or will any type due? i want to make sure i don't get the wrong thing and end up with something that will make me sick, or even worse, give off flavors

-which is better for sanitizing it before use: boiling with the wort for 15 minutes or using star san on it?

thanks a bunch!

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:42 AM   #2
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AFAIK copper is copper, so you'll be good with the copper tubing you can find at Home Depot or Lowe's. As far as sanitizing, I always just drop it in the boil for the last 15 minutes and have never had any issues. Good luck with your build.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:47 AM   #3
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I don't think it takes 15 minutes. More like 15 seconds. 170F is pasteurizing temperature, so as long as you put it in the wort at the end of the boil, I think you will be fine.

Copper is all the same.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:49 AM   #4
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You do realize you posted a link to a DIY chiller site right lol

You need a copper roll not straight pipe. The roll is very easy to bend.

I put it in the boil at 15.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:51 AM   #5
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lol h22 i was thinking the same thing, just get a big roll of copper from HD and some spring pipe benders, wrap it around t paint can and itll come out great!

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