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Old 02-15-2013, 12:52 PM   #11
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My gut feeling is that you'll need to put the wort fairly slowly through a 20' chiller to cool it in one pass so I don't think you need 1/2" unless you go longer too.

50' x 1/2" would be the killer chiller but a bit rich for my cheapskate blood.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #12
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I have a free Saturday this weekend looking for a project. Was thinking about making a wort chiller. Anyone out there done it? Worth the time rather than buying

P.s. I am in love with this hobby because of the ingenuity and science that goes into it
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/grea...hiller-386382/

Check out this thread... I made this immersion chiller recently and it rocks... Pretty simple build as long as you have all the pieces lined up and it is also helpful to get someone to lend a hand

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:04 PM   #13
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By the way... I would at least use 1/2 inch... It's much more efficient than 3/8...my 5/8 chiller may be a bit overkill but it takes boiling wort down to 68 degrees in only 7 minutes

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:24 PM   #14
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Damn that website has some solid deals on pipe!!

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:32 PM   #15
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Damn that website has some solid deals on pipe!!
They do... It makes you realize how much Home Depot and Lowes is making on their copper tubing. Also, they have kits that you can buy that includes all the pieces needed to build the wort chiller. And if you call them, I think the guys name is Aaron, he is helpful as well.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #16
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I bought my 1/2"X50' kit from them, it was way cheaper than buying the stuff seperately even with shipping. I would strongly recommend using them.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #17
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Yeah I really wanted to make it this Saturday but now that I saw that I'm thinking about buying that and then obviously waiting until it ships

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #18
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Yeah I really wanted to make it this Saturday but now that I saw that I'm thinking about buying that and then obviously waiting until it ships
And if you want to make a 5/8" immersion chiller just call them up and they will make sure you have all the pieces you need

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:52 PM   #19
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Now if only there was a website that had kegerator conversion kits that cheap.... Haha

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:57 PM   #20
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Now if only there was a website that had kegerator conversion kits that cheap.... Haha
I hear that... Just got done building a keezer and it wasn't cheap but it turned out great

 
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