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Batch #5 bottled and my new DIY project

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I just bottled my 5th batch today, the Bohemian Bronze. The sample tasted really good! I can't wait until this one is ready to go. I still have some of my Blue Patriot left, so hopefully I can hold off for 4-5 weeks(at least). After I finished bottling and cleaning up, I made a wort chiller. I used 20 feet of 3/8" copper coil, 20 feet of tubing(cut in half), 5 hose clamps, and a garden hose adapter. It's certainly not a work of art, but I think it will get the job done. I'm brewing my first 5 gallon batch next weekend, and I'm planning to do a full volume boil(I have a 9 gallon SS brew kettle), so the wort chiller seemed like a no-brainer. I leak tested it after I finished, and it works! Have a great weekend, everyone!




Wort chiller pic

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It's good to read about your wort chiller; I've been seriously considering a similar project, and if yours works as intended I'm a little more confident that I can build one that does. I'm just dipping my toes into the all-grain ocean, and I can see that a wort chiller will be a good thing to have. Thanks for mentioning it!

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alf, just a little heads up...

if you're doing that outside, try not to drain into a grassy area... unless you want that grass cooked.

also, don't turn your hose on too much.. no point in blasting thru the water... you want a nice slow run so that the water/heat exchange works. if you run the water thru too fast, it won't work as well.

Congrats to the step up.

The Nong.

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Yankeedag, I'm going to be brewing inside. I'm planning to use the water from the wort chiller to do laundry(I think someone else on the forum originally suggested this). And I will definitely keep an eye on the flow rate when I'm cooling the wort. Thanks for the tip! 

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I finally did it! I brewed a 5 gallon batch last Friday. I brewed the Liberty Cream Ale(a Midwest Supplies recipe)Brew day went smoothly, but I definitely took notes that should help me with the next batch. I'm looking forward to bottling this one in a few weeks, and then moving on to my next batch. I'm thinking of trying the Caribou Slobber recipe from Northern Brewer.

Brew Kettle pic

Fermenter pic

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Awesome! Only a matter of time before you're spending a bundle on kegging equipment. ; )

That's a nice looking chiller. Not as long as the one I got as a gift, but it looks a heck of a lot better made.

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oly said:Awesome! Only a matter of time before you're spending a bundle on kegging equipment. ; )

That's a nice looking chiller. Not as long as the one I got as a gift, but it looks a heck of a lot better made.

Thanks, Oly! I actually made it myself a few months ago from plans I found online(Son of Fermentation chiller). I had to use a lot of Liquid Nails to fill in some gaps, and then I covered the seams with foil tape, but it actually holds temps pretty well. As for a kegging setup, I would definitely go for it if I had the space, but I don't think it's an option for me yet.

Fermentation Chiller

Fermentation Chiller(open)

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