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Old 12-21-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default WTB (Want To Buy) - WTB cheapish Wort chiller

Looking for a nicely priced wort chiller. Did my first batch without one but it'd probably be a lot easier to use one of these and I won't have to waste my money buying ice. Anyone selling one?


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Old 12-21-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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I highly recommend making a simple, copper immersion chiller. I watched a couple of youtube videos until i was comfortable and did it. I just used the lowes 25' copper coil and formed it around a can (I used a scuba tank) and used a small, hand held bender to form the in and out lengths. I also got fancy and put some hose connectors so i could break it down for storing but that is totally optional. It works great and i love the fact I made it myself. Total cost was somewhere around the $25 - $35 range.


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I would say I could sell you my 20 ft one for 15 dollars, but that would be about the same in shipping.
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I'm looking to sell my Counterflow Chiller, but by the time I got $25 and added shipping you could make an IC yourself.

I got a new HUGE plate chiller for a song. Just have to rig up the fittings and clean it up a bit.
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What kind if song are we talking? Any pics?
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I have one. I am upgrading to a plate chiller. I'm in south jersey. PM me if interested for $20.
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I highly recommend making a simple, copper immersion chiller. I watched a couple of youtube videos until i was comfortable and did it. I just used the lowes 25' copper coil and formed it around a can (I used a scuba tank) and used a small, hand held bender to form the in and out lengths. I also got fancy and put some hose connectors so i could break it down for storing but that is totally optional. It works great and i love the fact I made it myself. Total cost was somewhere around the $25 - $35 range.
I was at (b)Lowes yesterday and priced a 25 ft roll of 1/2 inch copper and it $53 and change. I am thinking it wouldn't be much more to just buy one off of the on line home brew supply stores.
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I used smaller than 1/2". Maybe 3/8“? You actually don't need a large amount of flow through the chiller. I usually dial the flow back until I start to feel the water come out a little warm. That way I know I am pulling off heat but not just wasting water. I'll adjust the output as the wert cools.
I would imagine 3/8 would be cheaper but $53 sounds expensive.
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I was at (b)Lowes yesterday and priced a 25 ft roll of 1/2 inch copper and it $53 and change. I am thinking it wouldn't be much more to just buy one off of the on line home brew supply stores.
Yup. Here's a stainless one for under $60.
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I built my own immersion out of 3/8" copper and it works great. Whole thing cost $30. The two most expensive parts where the copper tubing and the fitting for my faucet. But I'm the type of guy who would much rather build something than buy it.

LHBS sells immersion chillers for $60 but I believe those are 1/2".


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