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1 best chiller for brooklyn apartments? on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:23 pm

Hey ya'll. Thanks to a healthy tax return this year, I'm in the market for a nice wort chiller. Ideally this would run about $100, but the most important thing is will it work with my kitchen sink or bathtub? I have no hose... Any advice?

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2 RE: best chiller for brooklyn apartments? on Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:54 pm

so i don't know if you already have the answer to this but you have to determine if your sink can fit the adapter for garden hose fitting; at least that is the standard fitting we have for wort chillers. also you can just hook a wort chiller with a garden hose fitting right up to a garden hose if you are brewing near one. So in short if your are able to hook up a garden hose fitting than you can use pretty much any wort chiller

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3 Re: best chiller for brooklyn apartments? on Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:49 am

Hrmn, well, it doesn't really look like I can unscrew or thread anything onto my faucet and we don't have an outdoor faucet. I guess a trip to the local hardware store is in order...

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4 Re: best chiller for brooklyn apartments? on Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:47 pm

I set my immersion chiller up to be connected to an aquarium pump. I put the aquarium pump into a bucket full of cold water and let 'er rip. After 2-3 buckets of cold tap water, I do a fourth bucket of ice water using blocks of ice I make in the freezer. I cool 5-6 gal batches to pitching temp in 25 minutes this way and waste zero water because it all goes into my washer machine.

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5 Re: best chiller for brooklyn apartments? on Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:47 pm

Yeah, right now I think the plan is to make a nice chiller for my next couple of extract batches in the smaller kettle that I have, then I'll build another immersion chiller for the larger kettle--when I do full boils, I'll run water through the smaller chiller while it sits in a bucket of ice water, then run the cooled water to the larger chiller in the actual wort.

Checked out the therminator plate chiller they sell at BkHomebrew but, as sexy as chilling my wort in 7 minutes sounds, the clean up involved doesn't sound so nice. On the other hand, the space I'd save is pretty attractive...

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6 Re: best chiller for brooklyn apartments? on Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:03 pm

I too am a big fan of the aquarium pump & ice water method. Just get a container large enough to hold the water and your ice and still fit under the tap in your sink. I run straight cold tap water until the temp has dropped down past 100F, I'll add in some ice to cool it down the rest of the way.

I made my own from 3/8" soft copper tube and a cheap pipe bending set (the spring type). I used standard vinyl 3/8" ID for the cold water in. And for the hot water out, I used flexible sink connecting hose (it's what was left after I stripped the steel braiding off to make a manifold for my mash tun). Everything gets held together with your standard hose clamps, and the aquarium pump was just whatever I could get for cheap online. The whole set-up was definitely less than $100.

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7 Re: best chiller for brooklyn apartments? on Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:49 pm

I bought me a SS 50' 3/8 immersion chiller for something like 50 bucks on eBay. Just hook it up to the faucet and you get condensation on the brew pot in under 30 minutes (15-20 usually). It came with all the fittings and hoses and all.

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