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Old 01-25-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
Oct 2008
Milwaukee, WI
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Just busted out my new immersion chiller for the first time. Cleaned the outside and whatnot, but what about the water still inside? I can drain some of it, but it is still noticeably heavier with water weight than it was originally. Is it necessary to shoot some compressed air through it or something, or am I just worrying over nothing? Thanks!

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:16 AM   #2
Aug 2008
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Run hot water through it before and after brewing to ensure it is free from the plague. I turn mine upside down to drain out as much water as I can, then plug the flare fittings I installed on each end of the copper tube.

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:33 AM   #3
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I don't do anything other than maybe draining out the water that is left in the chiller. I'm mostly concerned with the outside.

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:37 AM   #4
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Blow it out with your mouth.

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Old 01-26-2009, 03:55 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Orangevango View Post
Blow it out with your mouth.
this ^^

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Old 01-26-2009, 03:59 AM   #6
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Ya w/ an IC you dont "NEED" to do anything w/ the water inside. I do blow mine out w/ compressed air just because.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:10 AM   #7
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I blow mine out in case it gets below freezing in my garage. I don't want it splitting from freezing water.

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Old 01-26-2009, 04:22 AM   #8
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Bee Cave, Texas
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I keep mine in an orange Homer bucket. The pic above is a CFC (counter flow chiller), not an IC (immersion chiller) like the OP asked about.

This is an IC and I have one just like it from Morebeer.com

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Old 01-26-2009, 04:24 AM   #9
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That's the beauty of an IC -- no need to worry about cleaning the inside. Nothing bad will happen, if you just let it sit wherever/however after use. I just spray the outside of mine with the house and give it a quick wipe down -- then off to the storage area. No need to clean insides.
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