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Old 09-29-2012, 12:42 PM   #11
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Yeah, plus with a single round coil you have more room on the middle for a hop bag or sleeve. I didn't have to use ice but I did have to bring out the pump for recirc so there was a little extra cleanup. I did the recirculation through a short piece of 1/2" and it worked better than stirring for me.

Oh well, it was fun to think about and build and it works better than my old one. Next time I will time it down to pitch temp.

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:46 AM   #12
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That chiller is a beauty!
I added a coil( 25ft)to a cooler filled with ice water. My hose connected to that coil then i ran another to the chiller in the kettle. It is simple and effective. This dropped my temp very fast, but i never timed it. It slowed down when it hit about 75F. I wanted to try dry ice but I never got around to it.

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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Thanks, I used it three times this weekend. No ice required, gets me down inside the 70's within ten minutes, into the 60's in 15. But again, the whirlpooling is key, so I've traded one pain (ice in bucket with pond pump) for another (pump, tubing, cleanup, yada). I did think of doing what you're doing by using my old chiller as a prechill but it's not necessary for me. Dry ice would soup it up pretty good!

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:44 PM   #14
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Sounds like yours is working great. Have you ever used a plate chiller? I just bought a system that has 2 of tem
And I have never used one.

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:52 PM   #15
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I have not. I have made a CFC which worked well and had less of a chance to clog. IMHO the plate chillers seem to be the most fussy and cleanup/prep intensive of all the chilling options, but many love them.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:15 AM   #16
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Try using this.

The faster your wort moves across the coils, the faster it will cool. I use 20 or 25' of 3/8" copper tubing and I in December I can cool my wort wicked quick. If you have an extra motor laying around this would be a perfect use for it.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:53 AM   #17
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Quote:
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Try using this.

The faster your wort moves across the coils, the faster it will cool. I use 20 or 25' of 3/8" copper tubing and I in December I can cool my wort wicked quick. If you have an extra motor laying around this would be a perfect use for it.
Yep I've got one. I used it more for oxygenation (sp?) than cooling. I never used it above 110F though.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:21 AM   #18
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I made an electric stirrer from a molon motor and copper scraps. Boil to under 90 in 6 minutes. Switched to ice. Down to 62 in 4 more. Crazy.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:36 PM   #19
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I made an electric stirrer from a molon motor and copper scraps. Boil to under 90 in 6 minutes. Switched to ice. Down to 62 in 4 more. Crazy.
Details please! So you use it with an IC? How fast does it stir (do you avoid splashing)?

 
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:29 AM   #20
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I'll take some pictures, but in the meantime its based on Push Eject's described here:

http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/Wort-Cooling-201

Yes, I have a 50' x 1/2" copper IC. The Molon motor rotates at 63 RPM. I made a couple minor change to the paddle design...dunno if it makes a difference. But, compared to manual stirring last weekend...man it was fast. I wouldn't have believed it, if I hadn't measured it myself.
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