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Old 06-12-2014, 01:04 AM   #1
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Here's my take on a chiller styled after the ones available from Jaded. This is made up of 3 20' lengths of copper tubing.

I used a 1 gallon bucket as a form, and I used some copper wire sourced from some leftover romex I had to tie it together.

I tied the three pieces together with a 1" to 1/2" reducer I soldered to the ends, and then I sealed with silicon. I haven't leak tested yet. My backup plan is to create a manifold using a couple of T's and an elbow.

I don't have a tubing bender, so I wasn't able to get the two sides exactly where I wanted them, and I have one or two kinks, but I think this will work.

It is quite heavy, and I'm hopeful that it is quicker than my old setup (which was one 20' coil).


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Old 06-12-2014, 01:40 AM   #2
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Awesome WORK...........I hope you don't have any leaks
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:49 AM   #3
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I recommend you test that silicone out before putting it in wort. You did a great job on the coils but I'm not sure you should trust the supply or exit. Also you shouldn't trust my recommendation since I think this is my first post


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Old 06-12-2014, 03:13 AM   #4
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It looks good hopefully that kink doesn't mess with the cooling much. But it seems kinda tight doesn't it? Aren't the coils suppose to be open to allow more surface contact? But I use a plate chiller, so what do I know.

 
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:03 AM   #5
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I will most definitely leak test before it sees the wort!!

I am a little worried about the kinks, but once you kink you can't go back.

In terms if separation, none of the coils are touching each other. That should allow the wort to contact all sides if each coil, which is what you want.

 
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:28 PM   #6
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When I made mine I used a spring tube bender(cheap) to bend the in and out down and away from the pot so any leaks would drip on the ground. Sorry don't have pic's

 
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:56 PM   #7
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If it doesn't leak; it will chill very fast. BUT, the time saved chilling will be spent cleaning it. I have
since left that road.

 
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:39 PM   #8
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I'm hoping cleaning won't be too bad, a soak in some oxy clean should do it.

The bad news - it leaked. Plan b is to solder some copper wire in the gaps, maybe fill with some steel wool. Plan c is a manifold.

 
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:44 PM   #9
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Man that sucks!

How about a pourable Epoxy ?

I don't find much cleaning needed after a brew. All of my coils are below the wort and never get any kinda Klingons on it. I just hose it off and maybe a light brushing where the risers stick outa the wort. Hope ya make it work.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:19 PM   #10
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Plan b was a success!! About 10 minutes away from finding out how well it works... It stopped the boil when I added it. My old one never did that.

 
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