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A device used for cooling the hot wort following the boil or whirlpool phase of beer making in preparation for fermentation.

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How to properly use the same coil of an HERMS setup as chiller?

I'm assembling an HERMS equipment and noticed that very few people use the coil as chiller after the boiling is over. Besides all the sanitation of tubing, lines, pump, etc..., is there any other ...
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Acidic Wort Affect on Immersion Chiller and Flavor

I am looking into building a copper immersion chiller for use on my next batch of beer. I plan on doing a sour ale. Will the low PH of the wort have any negative affect on the chiller? Will it cause ...
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Wort chiller length, will 30 feet work for a 10 gallon batch?

I just bought 30 feet (~10m) of 3/8'' (9.5mm) copper tube, and before coiling it, I would like to get advice if it will work for a 10 gal (~50l) batch, what I'm asking for is if anyone has had ...
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Immersion wort chiller length

Will a 50 feet copper immersion wort chiller chill twice as fast as a 25 feet? I was thinking that once the water has absorbed all the heat it can, it doesn't matter how long it will travel in the ...
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Connecting the wort chiller to a sink on a lower level

I'm considering brewing indoors this weekend, instead of my usual outdoor process in warmer times of the year. Since the last time I brewed indoors, I've replaced my kitchen sink's faucet with one to ...
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What are good cooling times for immersion wort chiller?

As far as I know, DMS is only created above 60°C, so fast cooling after boil is important. My times for 26 liters boil, with homemade immersion chiller (8mm copper pipe) are: 7 minutes to 55°C (20 ...
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Chill the wort faster by applying convection (by putting it inside a laundry machine)?

There are some new gadgets that allow to chill the beer as fast as 2 min. It's not rocket science, just a more efficient way to increase heat transfer by rotating the desired object (link below ...
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Water cooler as wort chiller

Has anyone tried using a classic water cooler (images provided below) as wort chiller? Besides being extra careful with sanitary issues, what could be other problems faced? Thanks! https://encrypted-...
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Counterflow Chiller Setup for Optimal Efficiency and Chilling Speed

What is the best configuration where you can decrease your chilling time/increase efficiency. I know this is a bit loaded so let me clarify. I have the standard issue 20' copper 3/8'' garden hose ...
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Flotec Utility Pump for Wort Chilling?

After doing a bit of Googling for pumps in order to circulate water through a wort chiller (it being below freezing outside in Maine, I'm worried about using our outside hose hookup for water), I saw ...
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When to stop the whirlpool pump in an immersion whirlpool chiller?

What is the best temperature to stop the pump in an immersion whirlpool chiller ? And what about the time to wait the trub settling vs wort temperature ? Consider both Ale and Lager.
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Immersion/Whirpool chiller design for good trub cone formation

Considering the best trub cone formation in the wort (settling in the center), what aspects shall we have in mind when designing a serpentine (coil) to chill wort (immersed in it) with whirlpool (re-...
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Using my immersion chiller in ice bath instead of wort

I've been thinking about using my copper immersion chiller a little differently lately... Instead of placing it in the wort near the end of the boil and circulating cold water through it, I'm ...
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Filters wort when using a counterflow

I'm building a counterflow chiller. But then I got to thinking how to filter the hops out of my wort. The last thing I want to do is clog the chiller with hops. I know I could use a hop bag. But does ...
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Are there any effects of boiling copper immersion chiller with wort?

I’m contemplating the use of a copper immersion chiller. Currently, doing partial batches, I’m able to cool my wort fairly quickly in an ice bath, then adding cooled water in the carboy. I’d like to ...
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Is my copper wort chiller still good?

I haven't had the chance to brew in about two years and I've been storing my copper wort chiller in a storage locker for most of that time. Upon moving and retrieving it yesterday, it's got some ...
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Using Pyrex Graham condenser as counterflow chiller?

So for the few months that my wife & I have been brewing, we've been using the sink/icebath method of cooling our wort. This is mostly because of our erratic brewing schedule. Every cost, no ...
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Is there any trick to draining the water out of an immersion chiller?

I have a 50' copper coil immersion chiller. To drain it before storing, I hang it upside-down next to the bath tub over night, but I've noticed that this doesn't get all the water out. This causes a ...
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Ice the wort for fast cooling

I have seen mostly two suggestions to cool wort. Ice bath and the coil method. My friend and I were thinking about just using ice. Ie pull the ice from the fridge that uses the same water source as ...
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How to connect my immersion chiller to the faucet

I'm trying to figure out how to connect some hose pipe to my kitchen faucet to pump water through an immersion chiller. The faucet has a male-threaded tip which screws out, so I believe there should ...
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Fastest method of wort chilling

I've heard of many different methods of chilling wort, What is the fastest? And what's the best cost vs speed solution?
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Storing a counter-flow chiller

I just got a counter-flow chiller put together and have used it a couple times. Needs some tweaks, but man it really chilled the wort! After I was done I ran some hot water through it and tried to ...
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Chilling wort using ice packs

I now have an immersion wort chiller, it does a pretty decent job chilling boiling wort to around 85-90F very fast, about 5 minutes, but from there to 65-70 it takes a lot, maybe 15 minutes more and I ...
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Any difference in the metal used for a wort chiller?

I am planning to buy a wort chiller. I have used a friend's, which was copper. Now, online, I see some that are stainless steel. Is there any real difference between a copper and a stainless steel ...
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How fast should I run water through my wort chiller?

My father-in-law got me a wort chiller for my birthday, one of those copper coil immersion jobs and I'm now putting it to the test. This is only my second batch of beer, so I'm pretty new at this. ...
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Do I truly need a wort chiller?

I am on the fence with this one. Is there any reasons other than "Shorter brew day" or "contamination worries" for using a wort chiller? I brew 2.5 gallon batches of wort in my pot, and either 1. ...
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How difficult are the plate-based wort chiilers to clean? Do they require filtration before the wort goes through them?

I'm considering getting one of those "Therminator" style wort chillers as an upgrade to the coil. I plan on gravity feeding the wort through and pumping back into the kettle until my wort is nice and ...
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How to improve efficiency of water usage..?

I have just put another beer in the fermentor and I seem to use huge amounts of water during the whole brewing process. I don't have an exact estimate of my water use, but taking into account the ...