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life is cruel.
life is cruel.
the concept sterilize/sanitize is meant as an idea of being really really
clean.
picking your nose or rubbing your eye ball, makes you contaminated.
washing the walls and floors in bleach, is a total zero if you are drooling
over everything.

lye laundry bar soap is a good cleaner. rinse til they can not smell it.
relax and have a beer is a good idea.

keep it clean. well, i have on occasiion just told a few fellas to go to the
sauna and pool, and enjoy. sneezing makes you beer bottling useless.
what dooes a guy do in a hot sauna alone for so long?
why are carrots orange?
some things you do not ask.




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I built a regular 25' coil of about 8" diameter and it cools 5 gallons to
pitching temperature in about 10 minutes, pretty cool and very very useful!
I fyou want even faster times then build a counterflow cooler but the
construction is trickier and you'll need a pump.

James

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I'm a pragmatist..if it works for you, it's good!

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The question I asked myself when making mine was "at the end of 25', what
will be the temp of my cooling water, will it still be cold enough to cool
the wort?" So instead of using 25' of 3/8" i used 3-' of 1/2" thinking that
the bigger diameter will have more sqare inch of surface to exchage temp and
the bigger inside diameter will let more water pass true so it will be less
heated and more efficient even at the end of the coil.

I'm still doing extract brewing and partial boil so i can't compare times
with wath the others brewers told but so far it works well.
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You just used 3' of tubing!!!!!
That would not make it to the bottom of my brew pot and back to the top!!!
3' of 1/2" = 56.5 sq. inches
Mine has 848.2 sq. inches


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Wouppsss! 30 not 3-, excuse my typo.
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Okay, you corn-fused me......

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Problem is that you need to have movement of the wort to benefit the
cooling.

You put the first chiller in a batch of hot wort.  You just turn on the
hose.  Take 45 to 90 min depending on the water temp.

Same chiller, same water temp, add in constant movement to wort via human
interaction or power device.  Your time will drop in half.  The area around
the tubing will be in constant flow instead of just sitting there.

Adding allot of extra tubing won't gain you much.  The initial water is hot
within 5' of travel in the copper depending on the velocity of the water
flow.  Adding another 20 extra feet won't add squat of heat pumping action.

Better gain is for an electric drill with a paint mixer at low speed.

__Stephen



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Sorry, but I have to disagree with the length not making a difference. Have
you not heard size does matter?  ;^)
It's not all in the motion of the ocean.....  ;^)

But seriously, on my chiller my tubing size is large enough diameter and all
my fittings are large to not restrict the water flow.
When I start chilling I run the water slow and catch a 5 gallon bucket of
hot water to clean up with, then I open up the water valve and the flow is
fast enough that the water coming out is not hardly even warm. I have a long
hose on it so I water the flower beds, bushes and trees. It can chill down
10 gallons in about 12 or 15 minutes. That is if I swing the chiller back
and forth in the wort to keep the wort passing over the surface of the
coils. I always use a large freshly laundered white towel to drape over the
top to keep stuff from getting into the chilling wort. Helps avoid an
infection and I can still swing the chiller back and forth with the towel
over the top.

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On Mon, 04 Apr 2005 22:16:36 GMT, "Stephen Russell"
alt.beer.home-brewing:

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I've never had it take more than 20 minutes, even in the worst summer
heat, and usually closer to 10 minutes (with constant manual agitation
[just moving the chiller up and down enough to keep the exiting water
hot], of course).  You must have either warm tap water or a small
chiller or you do 10 gallon batches.

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On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:48:48 -0600, "Johnny Mc"

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A five minute soak in Oxyclean (inside and out) does it for me.  I've
never seen anything but cupric oxide (the black one) on or in my
chiller.

And yeast does need a bit of copper in its diet.

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no idea what your needs are.
25 feet of 3/8 copper line is irrelevnt.
As a frig tech, lets find out the problem.
you wanna cool a 5 gallon jug, in the summer time.

last year a friend got 40 by 40 foot panels of solar heaters to heat his
pool, and it worked NEVER. well the shade tree in his yard stopped that.

so i invented a back yard barbeque for him. The bed of the barbeque heats
both his pool and his outdoor sauna.

please state the problem, not the reworked idea of design from the seven
dwarfs.
dumpy fizzy, hellbent, and toad should excuse me.
why? cuz i said so.
dug88

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Basically you are building & using a heat exchamger.
Bigger fatter longer does not mean better or more efficient.
You need to consider also ease of cleaning & sanitising.
Stick to a standard design unless that will clearly not do the job you want
in which case we would need more info before suggesting modification or an
alternative.
For example what medium do you intend using as the coolant & how will you
cool the coolant.
Pete


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