Pre chiller for plate chiller

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rack04

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I have a 25-ft copper immersion pre chiller that I use with my plate chiller. I brewed last week in 100 degree texas heat and I was only able to the wort temp down to the mid 80's. This was using a very low flow rate from my march pump. I was thinking about adding another chiller in series. I have a metal recycle yard close by that sells rolls of new 50-ft copper for scrap prices. The question I have is whether or not geometry makes a big difference in a pre chiller? Could I just leave the copper coiled up and solder fittings on?
 

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A pre-chiller is a good idea. I wouldn't bother with the solder unless you really want to do it. You can grab some vinyl tubing and worm clamps to achieve the same effect.
 
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Thanks. The main purpose of the thread was to discuss whether or not geometry makes a big difference in a pre chiller. Could I just leave the copper coiled up or should I spend the time to tighten the coils and separate so that is resembles an immersion chiller?
 

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