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Old 06-05-2013, 05:53 PM   #11
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I'm looking forward to using mine too, got a brand new one for my b-day, screw those ice bath's.........
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:57 PM   #12
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:55 AM   #13
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Holy Crap! I can't believe the difference the wort chiller makes in my brew time. Went from 1.5 hours to about 15 mins to bring it from boiling to >90 degrees.
Poured wort from kettle to fermentation bucket added water topped off to 5 gals and added yeast. Wow! cut my time by a bunch!!!
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:19 AM   #14
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Holy Crap! I can't believe the difference the wort chiller makes in my brew time. Went from 1.5 hours to about 15 mins to bring it from boiling to >90 degrees.
Poured wort from kettle to fermentation bucket added water topped off to 5 gals and added yeast. Wow! cut my time by a bunch!!!
Yup. I used a wort chiller for the first time yesterday, myself. My last batches burned through two 20lb bags of ice each in a bath before cooling sufficiently and took about an hour to get there. Immersion chiller took 15 min to go from 212F to 75F. I'll never ever deal with a ridiculous ice bath again.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:22 AM   #15
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I just made a wort chiller yesterday. I used 50' x 3/8" for the main chiller and 20' x 3/8" for the pre-chiller. I didn't connect everything up, but I made the coils.

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Old 06-10-2013, 11:42 AM   #16
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I just made a wort chiller yesterday. I used 50' x 3/8" for the main chiller and 20' x 3/8" for the pre-chiller. I didn't connect everything up, but I made the coils.

nice work, wish I would have made mine
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:56 AM   #17
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It really wasn't that difficult. I used a paint can for the smaller one and a corney keg for the bigger one. I just wrapped the tubing around them tightly. Then I used a tubing bender (like this one, but I got mine at Home Depot) to make the 90 degree and 90+ degree bends. Now I just need to connect the plastic tubing with clips, add the hose/barbed connection and add a couple clips like in the video to hold the pieces that go straight up to hold the whole thing together. I'm looking forward to trying them out this weekend.

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Old 06-10-2013, 04:09 PM   #18
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A cup or two of vinegar in a pot of water just big enough to place the chiller in will do a great job getting it really clean.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:40 PM   #19
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I made one yesterday, too. I bought a 50' 3/8" compression fitting kit for $60 shipped from coppertubingsales.com. The bends aren't too pretty, but I did them by hand, and I had some issues wrapping around the keg at a couple of turns, but I am happy as can be with the finished product. I left one fitting off because I'm putting vinyl tubing on the outlet. I brew outside, and I'll be draining the water onto the grass/driveway as I'm cooling the wort....I can't wait to try this sucker this weekend!
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I made one yesterday, too. I bought a 50' 3/8" compression fitting kit for $60 shipped from coppertubingsales.com.
That's a pretty good price. I paid $47 just of the 50' 3/8" copper tubing and $9 for the barbed fitting alone. But I need mine by Saturday so I didn't have time to wait.
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