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mscroggi

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Has anyone put compression fittings on their robobrew immersion chiller? I want to put compression fittings on it and connect to a garden hose in and out.. I took the chiller into my local Lowes looking for a fitting.. I didnt see anything that looked like it would work, and eventually gave up and left..

I have been searching online for some fittings.. I finally found something that might do it.. Any opinions are welcome.

The fittings are '1/2" OD x 3/4" FIPS Adapter' and '1/2" OD x 3/4" MIPS Adapter' from here - https://goo.gl/1t89Li

Does anyone see a reason these won't work? Any better ideas?
 
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eh nevermind.. I took the chiller into Lowes and Home Depot.. Neither store could come up with a fitting that worked...

I took the route of a short piece of tubing and some hose clamps.... I give up.. Its not worth it.. the small pieces of tubing work fine.. It's just not the elegant solution I was hoping for..
 

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There's an Amazon seller that sells brass 1/2" to 3/4" female npt fittings (among others). Throw in a couple of these and you should be able to connect garden hose to the in and out sides of the chiller.
 
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I was able to get it done at Home Depot.

These fittings are in the irrigation area:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbil...e-Brass-Compression-Coupling-801009/207176649

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbil...ee-Brass-Garden-Hose-Adapter-801779/207176404

Then I went the route of using quick connects that can be found in the garden hose section:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Melnor-2-Piece-Metal-Starter-Set-45C/100257129

Was able to make a water-tight connection this way although those compression fittings will actually pull off the chiller if you try hard enough.
 

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Unfortunately the qds are going to leak quickly on the hot output side. The gaskets get too soft.
I second this... I use them on my plate chiller and leave a 5 gallon pail under it while using them to catch the leaking water... its on my list of things to someday address.
 
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I second this... I use them on my plate chiller and leave a 5 gallon pail under it while using them to catch the leaking water... its on my list of things to someday address.
I can offer one thing.. I ended up utilizing some universal hose adapters I had bought off Ebay.. There are some on Amazon too.. They have worked quite well with the chiller. Search for "universal garden hose tap"..

I had originally bought some of these so I could attach a garden hose to my utility sink in my garage for bathing the dogs.. It turns out they work just fine for the chiller..

The ones I bought were for pipes in the 13-18mm range https://goo.gl/Y1m1Rx
 

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