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Hey all,

 

I'm working on upgrading to a 10 gallon brew setup.  I now have the burner (Thanks, Bill!) and a few half barrel Kegs.  Before I brew my first batch in the half barrel I'd like an effective chiller.  I currently have an immersion chiller that will chill my 5 gallon brews to pitching temp in 5 - 8 minutes (it's faster if I use an ice bath in addition to the chiller).

 

What kinds of chillers do you prefer, and for 10 gallon batches, are immersion chillers sufficient?  If so, what length of copper do you use?  It's a blank slate as to how I'm going to construct my brew setup so a little gravity isn't out of the question if a thermonater type device is worth the effort.

 

Thanks!

 

Matt

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Hey Matt,

I made my own IC from 50' of 3/8" OD copper tubing that I wrapped around some paint cans (didn't have my corny kegs back then, otherwise I would have used them).

I've always been happy with the chilling performance, although it takes more like 20-30 minutes to bring 11-13 gallons down to 75F. But, I'm usually not in a rush, so I don't mind at all.

I posted some pics back when, so feel free to take a look here:

http://www.aleiens.com/photo/albums/homemade-60ft-immersion

BTW: Until now, I've used a three-tier gravity-powered fly-sparging setup, although I will soon be moving to 2 tiers as soon as I get a pump for my "new" brew stand

Best,

-e
ooooh pump... Nice... I was thinking about how to set mine up and 2 tier with one pump seemed my best option. A manifold would be great for recirculation.

My hangup with my setup is consistency. I am brewing for a friend's wedding rehearsal dinner and am going to do a few 10 gallon extract batches. The burner I have (Banjo) is great, but the keg doesn't fit on it properly.. (I'll post pics in a day or two to illustrate). The keg has a rounded edge on the bottom and of course is concave. It would slide off of the burner, so I need to make a frame to set the keg upon so that it does not slide off of the burner. I'm thinking something simple like a 15 x 15 square of angle iron. I don't know, will the stuff they hang garage doors with handle the temperature and weight of a 10 gallon batch?


Prosit!

Matt

OK.. time to pitch some WLP005!

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