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michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 819
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 207.224.108.111
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 03:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I run a double 6 gallon system with two boil kettles. Up until now I have used only one chiller. I wanted to cut some time off of my brew day so I bought a new immersion chiller. This 2nd chiller will allow me to cool both boil kettles and transfer the cooled wort, both at the same time. All of this with a simple Y garden hose connection. Anyway - two questions.

Should I boil the new shiny copper one first before brew day?

Also I just noticed that the new chiller has the copper bend hanging "over" the boil kettle, not "away" like my old one. Maybe I am paranoid but I would prefer to "not take a chance" of a clamp failure and have that thing drip into my sanitized wort. What is required to re-bend it to the "away" position so the hose connections are outside the kettle? Do I dare twist it a complete 180d? It would be just my luck to break the thing before I use it.

Thanks
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12716
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.49.181
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 03:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It might not be a bad idea to soak the chiller in a weak vinegar solution to remove anything that results from the manufacturing process.

Indeed it's possible to change the bends and angles to suit your needs. Exercise patience and restraint so as not to kink the copper.
 

Brad On Bass
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Username: August_west

Post Number: 52
Registered: 11-2010
Posted From: 72.88.72.174
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 09:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've heard that filling the chiller with water will help prevent kinking the copper. It seems to me like you'd have to plug the ends somehow for that to be effective but the concept makes sense.
 

Steve Jones
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Username: Stevej

Post Number: 728
Registered: 08-2001
Posted From: 164.89.253.21
Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 08:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tubing benders are available for this job. They are basically like a strong screen door spring in sizes that just fit over the tubing ... you slip it over the tubing and bend it by hand, but the spring helps the tubing keep its round shape instead of collapsing.

The problem is that I've only seen them in sets of 4 for 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 OD tubing.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4120
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.99.147.250
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve! Where you been hiding?

There are also bending jigs that you form the tubing to. Corny kegs are used that way to form IC's. Might could use it for this if the radius is right but think you'd need something smaller.
 

Steve Jones
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Username: Stevej

Post Number: 729
Registered: 08-2001
Posted From: 199.190.8.12
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Vance, I've been busy shuttling grandkids to bball, gscouts, vball, etc. And work is a bit more intense, so I don't get on during the day much.

But I have managed to brew the past couple of weekends. And the club is doing an RIS project in two weeks ... 12 batches going into a wine barrel from Biltmore. We're doing a group brew on Apr 2, fermenting separately, then getting to gether to taste and approve each batch as it goes into the barrel.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4121
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.99.147.250
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 01:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Figured as much. I have big brother firewall at work now so no more days spent here.