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Old 04-03-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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I have been considering making an immersion chiller out of half inch copper pipe and was wondering if exposing boiling wort to the soldered joints would pose some sort of health hazard or create off flavors. The increase in volume and decrease in cost seem substantial and my guess is tubing has been favored by most people because there is very little labor involved in using it.

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Old 04-03-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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solder is ok, so long as it is lead free.
coppertubingsales.com <--best price of tubing

 
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:22 PM   #3
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and...
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:10 PM   #4
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awesome video bobby..

 
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:55 PM   #5
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FYI: I'm going to use half inch straight pipe--the kind that can't be bent easily. There might be as many as twelve soldered joints immersed in the wort.

Thanks everyone for your input.

 
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:35 PM   #6
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Don't do it. It's not worth all the sweating and the wall thickness is going to be less than ideal. Get some soft tubing at coppertubingsales.com
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:49 PM   #7
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if you have it or can get it at the right price use it.
you can use a tubing bender you just wont be able to have that nice round shape that fits nicley inside a pot. Using a bender you can bend the tubing and not kink it as you would bending it around a round object.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:51 PM   #8
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tube benders are cheap and awesome!
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:26 PM   #9
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i would not say they are awesome but useful in this situation.
i used a good one (with rollers insted of just plates to slide across) for about 3 months on 1/2" stainless soft and hard tube. bending 180 bends in hard stainless was not fun to say the least. now compression fittings are awesome and expensive.

 
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:39 PM   #10
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Tried out my chiller yesterday, as seen in that video, and it cooled my wort to 70 in 5 mins.
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