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Old 05-25-2006, 09:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if these are the same... sounds like Adventures in Homebrewing has a larger diameter copper coil....




This is from Austin....

BrewVint - Wort Chiller - 30 ft. [01836]$39.99
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Manufactured by BrewVint™.
Using an immersion chiller is an economical and easy method for chilling your wort. Our immersion chillers are constructed from 30’ of 3/8” OD copper tubing, heavy duty hosing, and a high quality female garden hose fitting on the inlet side.
A benefit of the immersion chiller design is its ease of cleaning and sanitizing. Simply put the chiller in your boiling wort 15 minutes before the end of your boil and the boiling wort will take care of the rest. To increase the efficiency of your chiller, your wort should be stirred with a sanitary spoon (wood is not recommended!), or when the temperature has dropped enough the chiller itself may be swirled in your kettle. Use caution and common sense when touching the chiller, as the water exiting your chiller will be very hot!
An adapter is available to connect the garden hose fitting to your kitchen sink.
Base Product Price $39.99



This is from Adventures in Homebrewing....

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Stop wasting your time chilling your wort in a ice bath, this will chill your beer in minutes flat. 25 foot half inch copper coil. With 6 foot legth of hose on each end and a standard hose fitting on one end.
Your Price:$50.00


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Old 05-25-2006, 10:05 PM   #2
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one is 30 ft and 3/8 inch and the other is 25 ft and 1/2 inch. so no they are not the same. I think they both would work the same.


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Is more better or is a wider copper tube better? Acually... I know more is better, but I'm trying to figure out is the 25 food 1/2 inch one from AH worth the extra $10 or not?
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:48 AM   #4
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If it were me making the purchase, I would buy the one that is cheaper. They look to be about the same to me, except the price.
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:30 AM   #5
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If I had to guess, I would say that the one that is 3/8" and 30 feet would be more efficient. Maybe use less water and with the 30 foot length would cool the wort faster.
Strictly a guess.
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Buy two of the cheaper one and use one as a pre-chiller--summer is coming!!!!1

Or better yet, buy a CFC!!!!

I made a bunch of changes all at once last summer, but moving from an immersion chiller to a CFC was a great thing for my beers. I'm pretty sure the quick chilling was a huge factor in the improvement in the clarity, for sure.
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Buy two of the cheaper one and use one as a pre-chiller--summer is coming!!!!1

Or better yet, buy a CFC!!!!

I made a bunch of changes all at once last summer, but moving from an immersion chiller to a CFC was a great thing for my beers. I'm pretty sure the quick chilling was a huge factor in the improvement in the clarity, for sure.
That pre chiller is a good idea. I brewed last night, i doughed in at 9pm and pitched at 1:30 am which was pretty good.(thanks to the quik batch sparge)...The water coming out of the hose was nice and cold for one, and i used a combination of an ice water bath and an immersion chiller. I had my kettle in a rubbermaid bin with 2x16 lbs of ice plus a gallon or so of h20, and ran the immersion for 25 minutes. The wort was down to 72 after 25 minutes.
By the time the REAL summer temps get here, that is to say 90 degrees at midnight, ill have my keggle ready and hopefeully a plate chiller...
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The 3/8x30 ft cooler has about 425 sq. in. of surface, the 1/2x25 about 470. Less than 10% more surface for 25% more money.
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How could you even consider buying a CFC when there are fantastic plans for one on this very board?!?!

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I have actually thought of making a CFC. My problem is that the pot I have does not have a spiggot..... how do you get the wort out of it? Racking cane?


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