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Old 10-10-2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Did you Make your Wort Chiller, or Did You Buy One?

First AG Batch is coming up, and I have been looking at Wort Chillers. I like the simple Copper Immersion Chillers the best. Only thing is that More Beer has so many to choose from. I'm not sure of the one I'll need, so I'll borrow a buddy's for my first AG Brew, and take some measure ments as far as how high the Wort comes in my Kettle. That will determie which Chiller will work for me.


Now, anyone here simply make an immersion chiller? If so, was it worth the savings in money and what size Copper did you use?
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:25 PM   #2
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with the current price of copper, it'd be wise to find a good deal on a pre-made one before they go up in price.
I got mine in august for $45 for a 25' coil, and the various connections needed.
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:27 PM   #3
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When I bought mine, it would have cost me the same price to buy the copper as it cost to buy it made. If I had been able to buy a larger amount of copper making my own would have been cheaper. I believe that 3/8'' is what most people get.
This is the one I bought: http://ebrew.com/wort_chillers/regul...rt_chiller.htm
Cheaper than the same at MoreBeer and they are closer to my house so it got here in a day.
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:35 PM   #4
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I bought 60' feet of 3/8 copper, a 270 gph fountain pump, and some 1/2 I/D tubing and was right at $100. It will cool 3.5 gallons to sub 70 in about 10 minutes with out stirring. I pump Ice water through it from start to finish and it comes out scalding for the first 5 minutes. I figured this would be adequate when and if I ever do large AG batches.
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At least where I am at you can buy a pre-made chiller cheaper than making it from scratch. I don't think the homebrew store prices have totally caught up to the copper increase yet. The standard for 5gal seems to be 25' of 3/8, but if you want to chill fast go bigger and longer (that sounds dirty).
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Here's the one that interests me. http://morebeer.com/view_product/19522/ I just want to be sure that it will fit properly into my Boil Tun (A Half Barrel with the Top cut off). Think it will do just as good of a job on a 5 Gallon Boil as it will on a 10 Gallon Boil?
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ID:	2898I bought a MoreBeer (R) 1/2 x50 ft chiller and for 10-12 gallons is really good. It has the fittings for the hose connection and is really convienient.

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Made my own. The previous tenant was a handyman or something and left 100 feet of 5/8 inch copper soft copper tubing. I bought a tube bender tool and it works like charm. The copper alone sold for over $80 @ home depot. I had enough left over to make a second chiller which I place in ice water. The water runs from the house through the cooler then to the wort. It chills quickly. It was really simple.
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we made ours. i don't know that we saved any money, but we like tinkering, especially the old man, who claims the home brew is too yeasty, but is always asking for another glass of it
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I just made one last weekend. I LOVE IT! Got 12' of 1/2" tubing from the dumpster at church when they did a cleanup. I think I have $4 into it total and it cools the wort to sub-70 in 15 minutes.
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