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  • tdexterc commented on tdexterc's instructable Heavy Duty Counter Flow Wort Chiller6 months ago
    Heavy Duty Counter Flow Wort Chiller

    Same technique I use myself. Cheers!

    I'm glad you like it! I have zero problem with the tubing and the start up personally. I do have thicker walled silicone tubes which probably help prevent kinking. If the tubes are too short and don't have enough room to loop around to the next piece of copper, that could also be putting excess stress on the section of silicone against the copper inlet/outlet and causing it to kink. I also assume you do indeed have silicone and not vinyl. As i'm sure you know, vinyl does not do as well at higher temperatures like silicone does, and it would kink and probably slide off of the copper when it heats up. I've linked to the exact kind of tubing I use. It has an ID of 1/2" and an OD of 3/4" which makes the wall thickness of my silicone 1/8" I hope this helps! http://labelpeelers...

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    I'm glad you like it! I have zero problem with the tubing and the start up personally. I do have thicker walled silicone tubes which probably help prevent kinking. If the tubes are too short and don't have enough room to loop around to the next piece of copper, that could also be putting excess stress on the section of silicone against the copper inlet/outlet and causing it to kink. I also assume you do indeed have silicone and not vinyl. As i'm sure you know, vinyl does not do as well at higher temperatures like silicone does, and it would kink and probably slide off of the copper when it heats up. I've linked to the exact kind of tubing I use. It has an ID of 1/2" and an OD of 3/4" which makes the wall thickness of my silicone 1/8" I hope this helps! http://labelpeelers.com/1-2-high-temperature-silicon-tubing-1/

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  • tdexterc commented on tdexterc's instructable Heavy Duty Counter Flow Wort Chiller11 months ago
    Heavy Duty Counter Flow Wort Chiller

    I make 5 gallon batches usually but the design works the same for any sized batch really, the only difference will be the time it takes to run the whole batch through since it cools on a single pass (for me). I have ground water which is a constant 55f or so which helps a lot, so I can open the valve pretty wide and drain my kettle from boiling to 70 in about 7 minutes. The one time I used city water it was a bit warmer and it took closer to 15 minutes to get to temp but I was being conservative with water flow.

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