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Wort chiller length, will 30 feet work for a 10 gallon batch?

It will always work, the difference is how much time we save or not. My 25' 1/4" wort chiller works better than I expected, 15 minutes to cool 5 gallons. Your 30' 3/8" should work very well, 15 to ...
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Immersion/Whirpool chiller design for good trub cone formation

Ya know what? In reality, it just doesn't matter. I drop the same old funky immersion chiller I've been using for years into the wort. Then I take the output hose from my pump and clamp it to the ...
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When to stop the whirlpool pump in an immersion whirlpool chiller?

I stop chilling my ales when the surface temp/outlet pipe is about 21 degrees C. It takes me about 40 minutes to chill 50 litres from boiling 100C down to 21C, so I guess in total I give the beer ...
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Immersion wort chiller length

No unless the 25' is the maximum submerged surface area possible. Even then a 50' half submerged would only function as 25' anyways. Half the length of tubing would never be twice as effecient of a ...
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What are good cooling times for immersion wort chiller?

I've heard most people shooting for ten minutes of chill time to get below that 60C mark. You're doing it better than that so that's cool (no pun intended). If you can agitate the wort around the ...
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Immersion/Whirpool chiller design for good trub cone formation

In my experience, I never get a trub cone with the chiller in place. And I don't think you will. Too much turbulence as the wort whirlpools for a nice clean pot centered cone of trub. Of course the ...
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Using my immersion chiller in ice bath instead of wort

It's a fine idea. The nice thing about the "traditional" approach is that the surfaces that touch the wort are exposed, easily cleaned, and can be inspected for cleanliness. Plus, as someone ...
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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've seen pros store sanitizer in the plate chiller, just pump it in and cap it. Then when you push wort through, you simply wait for it to push the sanitizer out, as far as gross debris, PBW and some ...
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Home made copper chiller oxidation

First this: How to Brew: Brewing Metallurgy Apparently, there should be no problem in using a copper chiller in your fermenting beer. Make sure there is no oxidation before you use your cooler.
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How to properly use the same coil of an HERMS setup as chiller?

How are you assembling it? If you're just dropping the coil into hot water for its HERMS function, then there's no reason you couldn't dump it into hot wort with cold water running through it to chill....
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Acidic Wort Affect on Immersion Chiller and Flavor

If you're concerned with the oxidation effecting the wort. Simply give it a 5 minute starsan soak before using, it will be bright and shinny. Yeast actually use a little copper as nutrients.
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Acidic Wort Affect on Immersion Chiller and Flavor

I think that the acidity does not have an influence on copper, but it does on copper oxidation, which you do not want in your beer. Always clean and dry your chiller very well, and store it dry so ...
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Acidic Wort Affect on Immersion Chiller and Flavor

No. The comparatively low pH will not leach the copper in any appreciable way into a wort solution.
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Immersion wort chiller length

Summary: Immersion chillers have diminishing returns on length. The first foot of tube does more work than any other foot of tube. The last foot does the least. An immersion chiller is a specific ...
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Connecting the wort chiller to a sink on a lower level

Unless you have sewer problems now, I don't see how you would run in to trouble. It's pretty much like running your kitchen sink for 45 minutes. Your water supply should be pressurized by your ...
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How fast should wort be chilled?

If you can't cool with forced cooling, make sure that your brew kettle is covered adequately. I started out the same way as you, small brew kettle in the kitchen sink, using ice and water from the ...
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Options for recirculating water chiller

brewchez's last option is worth your while investigating. Living in dry dry Australia (well, much of it is), I have found it necessary to no-chill, and have done so for about 5 years with no failures. ...
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Options for recirculating water chiller

Many people use the pond pump and ice water technique. People normally use store bought ice by the bag. Ice packs for beach cooler's tend to absorb heat slower than ice and probably don't work great ...
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Do I need heavy duty Hose Pipe for Immersion Chiller?

Long ago- I used regular hosing for this similar thing (And assuredly many homebrewers do) and it was ~fine. The hose will degrade a bit over time at those temps- but as long as the water from it wasn'...
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How long can beer be exposed in a primary fermentation bucket?

Most likely it will turn out just fine, but you did add risk of infection keeping the lid off for a while. In future you should keep the lid on it, just to keep any wild organisms from flying into ...
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Immersion wort chiller length

In theory yes, but for most if not all homebrewers it's technically not feasible. Why? The total heat exchange, in this case, is a sum of heat exchanged by conduction and convection. The conduction ...
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Connecting the wort chiller to a sink on a lower level

Shouldn't be a problem but I'd prepare in advance how I'd empty that hose once I am done. Don't want to be dealing with that disaster as I am trying to deal with the wort at the same time. If ...
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What are good cooling times for immersion wort chiller?

There are more advantages to a fast chill than just to stop DMS production. Cold break for chill haze reduction, immediate pitching, lower risk of infection to name a couple. As far as your times. ...
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Chill the wort faster by applying convection (by putting it inside a laundry machine)?

While the principal is sound, it has major flaws for wort chilling. Major difference is volume and temp differences. 12oz / 5gal, 75°-38° / 212°-70° Convection works on the principal that heat ...
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Water cooler as wort chiller

I think using it as-is would probably be a waste of time, as already mentioned. One big question that comes to mind is how you'd get it in the water cooler without lots of splashing (and therefore ...
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Water cooler as wort chiller

I'm pretty sure most water coolers only chill a few servings of water at a time. And they are only dropping about 30° below ambient temp. Sanitation aside I think the chilling abilities of a water ...
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Counterflow Chiller Setup for Optimal Efficiency and Chilling Speed

25 min is not too bad, you can reduce flow rate, to increase transfer time but this adds time to your brew day. Or you can use colder water if you get your counter-flow water down to 40F then you will ...
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Flotec Utility Pump for Wort Chilling?

The first pump you tried is probably just underpowered. The first one I tried was just a little more powerful than that one, and it barely gets the job done on my 20-foot, 3/8-inch copper wort chiller....
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Immersion/Whirpool chiller design for good trub cone formation

I agree with Denny that it should not matter much in reality, but in theory at least I'd say that the sparse coil may be the favored option. The effectiveness of your chiller depends (amongst other ...
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