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Paul Hoepper (210.49.92.219)
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2003 - 11:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Guys,
Looking to increase my batch sizes, up to 10 gallons & was curious as to what length my copper tubing should be on my immersion chiller.
I was thinking around 25,50 or 60 ft at 3/8'.

Cheers
Paul
 

Bill Moore (67.32.190.117)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 12:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would think you'll want at least 50 feet for 10 gallon batches.
I used to use a 25 foot with 5 gallon. It worked fine for extract batches. I never tried it for AG. I made a 50 ft when I started doing AG.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 12:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use 50 foot of 1/2 inch...

Walt
 

John From NH (64.222.155.68)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 02:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have 25' of 3/8" and it cools 5 gallons from boil to 80 in just under 20 minutes...If you are planning on 10 gallons then I would agree with the others and say to go with 50'

Walt, I'm surprised that you don't have 75' of 3/4" ! :)
 

ELK (67.164.195.57)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 05:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm not sure how long mine is but its probably only 25' of 3/8 and took 20 minutes for 5 gals and didn't make me proud waiting after a long brew day on my one 11 gal batch last summer... I hope the cooler tap water this time of year will help me in the am. But a good chiller is on my santa's list.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"I'm not sure how long mine is but"....
snicker..;>

Ya John, i wasnt sure if my 50 footer would work or not after moving up in system size, but it seems to work fine...
Course my water is pretty cold coming outta the ground out here...


Walt
 

Brandon Dachel (216.177.117.110)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 02:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> It worked fine for extract batches. I never
> tried it for AG.

I doubt most immersion chillers can differentiate between and AG wort and an extract one.
 

Ed Jones (65.60.139.114)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 03:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't use an immersion chiller (use a CF) but I'm curious. Would it be better to use a longer 3/8" chiller for more wort-contact surface area or shorter 1/2"?

Put another way, which would be more efficient in terms of cooling the wort (not water usage): the same legth of 3/8" or 1/2" tubing?

Ed
 

Bill Moore (68.18.70.134)
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 03:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brendon,
I was referring to extract when doing partial boils not full boils. Wort volume on partial boils is usually around 3-4 gallons.
 

gene phares (24.229.187.113)
Posted on Sunday, December 07, 2003 - 04:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

mine is 50' 1/2"
 

Brandon Dachel (216.177.117.110)
Posted on Sunday, December 07, 2003 - 10:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> I was referring to extract when doing partial
> boils not full boils.

Ah, Ok. I only did a partial boil the first time I brewed so was a bit confused by that statement. It's all clear to me now :)

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