home made immersion chiller

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I'm a tinkerer as well as a home brew wanna be. I just tested my immerstion
chiller made from a 50 ft. coil of 1/2 od coffer reffer tubing. It was in a
10 gal alumimum pot (ebay special). Without putting the lead in ice it
cooled 6 gal of boiling water to 95 deg. in 12 minutes. In retrospect a
stainless steel pot would conduct heat better and the coils weren't pretty.
It'll work but would ya'll keep it or pitch it and go for a B3 immersion
chiller and a real stainless steel pot.

I'm not doing all grain yet, just steeping and extract receipes. I made the
B3 stout, my wife doesn't normally like dark beers but she drank most of
that batch.
Thx for the opinions.

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I'd say thats a fantastic start!!  From 200+F down to 95F in less than 15
minutes...thats not bad at all!!  I'd hold on to it if I were you, you can
always buy a commercially made chiller...or use it as a lesson and make
another (better one) and use this one as a "prechiller" in a bucket of ice
water.

You can also run cold water through it, temporarily seal it off and toss it
in the freezer for an hour or so before using it, just don't let it freeze
solid or it may rupture the tubing.

I myself am anxious to build a chiller, but I'm going with a counterflow
because I use an inline hopback/filter.

Anyway, I'd say..hold on to it & upgrade to a SS kettle, it may be more
pricey, but in the long run a SS kettle is worth every penny.

Kent

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No you can't, because the chiller needs to be immersed in the boiling wort
for 15 minutes to sanitise before chilling.
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Josh Button
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Congrats!  Many, many folks use homemade chillers just fine.  Ugliness
doesn't matter... in fact there was an informal contest for the most
ugly back on rec.craft.homebrewing a year or two ago.... there are some
REAL ugly chillers out there.


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Actually, aluminum is a better conductor than stainless steel.  That's
why the better SS pots have thick copper or aluminum bottoms bonded on
them - for better conduction!  Aluminum boilers are fine - spend your
money on another batch!

Derric


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