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Old 12-05-2012, 01:00 AM   #11
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You mentioned the chiller you built is too tall for a 62-quart pot..? If it was originally made for an 8-gallon pot, like mine is, that's 32 quarts. Yours is a 15.5-gallon pot. How is it too tall..? If anything, I would think it would be too short.
I'm making 5 gallon batches in either kettle. So when I end up with about 6 gallons at the end of the boil, the wort is much lower in the 62 qt pot b/c it has a much larger diameter. The top 4 or 5 chiller coils are sitting above the wort, not exchanging any heat. I bought the 62 qt pot so I could have the option to do a larger batches, but haven't done it yet. With larger batches all the coils would be submerged.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:50 PM   #12
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Ah, that makes sense. I was assuming you were doing 10-gallon batches.

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:07 PM   #13
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I only used half of the 50' coil of copper tubing for my first chiller, so I had another 25' or so left over. I ended up making another chiller for my brother-in-law. I think this one turned out even better than my first one. I especially like the bent tubing to bring the inlet/outlet locations downward, so any dripping runs down the hose and away from the pot.



My one area I'm running into an issue is, how I clean up any burnt flux and such off of the solder points, inside and outside. I don't want that in my beer. Any suggestions?

 
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:24 AM   #14
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Looks nice. You're gonna have to go into business! The flux can probably be removed with a solvent and soft wire brush.

 
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:11 AM   #15
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I ended up using some Barkeeper's Friend on a wet cloth to take the flux off of the outside of the chillers. Worked out pretty well.


 
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