Buiding Your Own Wort Chiller

wort chiller

    After trying to cool my first batch of steaming hot wort in a cold tub of ice i realized that was just not efficient in any aspect so I went straight to looking into a wort chiller.

Online there were a whole bunch of sick looking wort chillers but the prices were ridiculous. Therefore I went ahead and did some research on how to build my own and eventually took on the task. 

 

Step 1 – Finding the right size

The main sizes for Wort Chillers were 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” x 25′ or 50′ copper tubing.

I decided to go for the 3/8” because it felt like a nice compromise between the two; allowing enough pressure to quickly shoot the water through. Also after some research in the store and online 1/4” really felt to small and the tubing might give to the intense pressure change from the thick hose to the small 1/4” tubing. For the length I went with the 50′ copper tubing because it allowed there to be a lots of surface area to cool the wort and then if i ever upgraded my boiling pot the wort chiller would still do work.


 

 

Step 2 – Shaping it

To make the rounded shape I first decided to use a smaller boiling pot which turned out to be an epic fail so then I moved onto a scuba tank we had at the house. This seemed to get the job done quite well.

 

 

I purchased a copper wire bending tool but I ended up barely using it even though it might of been better since at the end I did put a 1 or 2 minor kinks in it. :(

 

 

 

I tried to bend the bottom back up through the middle
but it created far to much stress on the copper so
I simply ended up bending it up the exterior.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3 – Finding the right end attachments

These are some of the parts I used thought by the end of it all I returned some and changed some others out.
The best thing to do is go to your department store ( I went to Lowes) and assemble something till it works out.

Also don’t forget the Teflon Tape!! Thats crucial for a solid seal.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

I added more claps to create a really tight seal.
Might be a bit of an overkill.

 

 

 

 

 

 To the right is the hose connection
and the left is the hot water run off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Step 4 – Put it to the test (Outside)

 

About The Author

Alex Winkler

Since early highschool Alex has been tinkering with online projects. Now, Co-founder of Enzlo Inc, a software and web company that established itself by developing it’s own email marketing software, online selling platform, and subscription sites. - Instagram

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