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Building a glycol chiller

Postby imlne » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:08 am

Has any one built a glycol chiller?

I like working on projects and this one seems to be an interesting one.
Any thoughts?
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Re: Building a glycol chiller

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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby Mr. Wonderful » Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:15 am

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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby atomrat » Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:51 am

The current issue of BYO also has an article on building a glycol chiller.
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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby imlne » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:35 am

Since I only brew 5 gallon batches, does any one have a alternative to a 25 gallon keg? The Sabco is a little big both in size and price. Any thoughts on alternatives?
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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby Mr. Wonderful » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:56 am

What are you trying to cool ? Are you controlling fermentation or wort after boil ?
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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby imlne » Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:06 am

Fermentation.
My system is fairly simple. I boil my wort in a kettle on a turkey fryer stove. Then I cool it with a wort chiller. Then I transfer it to a carboy for fermentation. Fairly simple.
Thy glycol would give me a fermenter that I can have more control of the elements and building a glycol chiller just seems cool.

Oh, the previous post with the flicker picture library of the glycol construction was pretty cool Mr. Wonderful
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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby Mr. Wonderful » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:21 pm

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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby imlne » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:04 pm

Yeah, took some time to think about what was made. I had my eyes set on the project from byo. Byo had it so the coils were wrapped around the fermenter and the link you gave had a glycol cold box. The guy who made the glycol chiller cold box (http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtop ... ol+chiller) looks like a home made fridge, if I'm not mistaken.

Between the two styles, I couldn't go with the glycol chiller cold box, because my wife would veto that purchase because we already have one fridge in the garage. Can't have another.
So I'll probably go with the byo glycol chilled fermenter. :)
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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby Brewtime » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:25 am

imlne wrote:Since I only brew 5 gallon batches, does any one have a alternative to a 25 gallon keg? The Sabco is a little big both in size and price. Any thoughts on alternatives?



you don't need a glycol chiller for 5 gallon a small fridge and temp controller is all you need
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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby usmcruz » Thu May 21, 2009 9:18 am

Brewtime wrote:you don't need a glycol chiller for 5 gallon a small fridge and temp controller is all you need




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Re: Building a glycol chiller

Postby Terrazza » Sat May 23, 2009 8:36 pm

You don't NEED a chiller, so +1 again. But you WANT a chiller. So just do it. We need more beer porn to look at so post up something cool.
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