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Title: MoreBeer split immersion wort kchiller
Post by: wst on January 13, 2021, 01:50:48 AM
anybody use the split immersion wort chiller....50 ft 1/2 inch copper that MoreBeer sells?

Wondering how ya like it and if the split can just be eliminated by pushing the coils together...I really do not want the split.
Title: Re: MoreBeer split immersion wort kchiller
Post by: Nujackk on January 13, 2021, 03:28:15 AM
Couple other options.
https://www.morebeer.com/products/immersion-wort-chiller-superchiller-50-ft-12-recirculation-arm.html?a_aid=bisonbrew

Or

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01893T0SC?tag=bisonbrew-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1
Title: Re: MoreBeer split immersion wort kchiller
Post by: RC on January 13, 2021, 03:45:32 PM
The split is there because warmer wort moves to the top of the kettle during chilling. Having coils up high ensures that the coils hit this wort when you're doing those larger batches. But vigorously moving the IC around in the wort during chilling will massively speed it up the process and negate the need for split coils in the first place.

If you're willing to spend that kind of money on a copper IC, you really should consider the Jaded Brewing Hydra.
https://jadedbrewing.com/products/the-hydra
Title: Re: MoreBeer split immersion wort kchiller
Post by: wst on January 15, 2021, 02:35:23 AM
That hydra looks pretty awesome...

I found another that seems like a good deal, free shipping, maybe some here have used it:
https://www.nybrewsupply.com/collections/wort-chillers/products/1-2-x-50-copper-wort-chiller-with-garden-hose-fittings?variant=42199978772

I currently have a homemade 3/8 50 foot but in the warm months it takes awhile....that is why I am looking at 1/2 inch 50 footers....I do have an extra I put in an ice tub to pre-cool the water.

I do BIAG, so no pumps or anything like that, just the IC to get it down to target temp
Title: MoreBeer split immersion wort kchiller
Post by: BrewBama on January 15, 2021, 02:07:13 PM
That hydra looks pretty awesome...

I found another that seems like a good deal, free shipping, maybe some here have used it:
https://www.nybrewsupply.com/collections/wort-chillers/products/1-2-x-50-copper-wort-chiller-with-garden-hose-fittings?variant=42199978772

I currently have a homemade 3/8 50 foot but in the warm months it takes awhile....that is why I am looking at 1/2 inch 50 footers....I do have an extra I put in an ice tub to pre-cool the water.

I do BIAG, so no pumps or anything like that, just the IC to get it down to target temp
+1 for the hydra. I have enjoyed mine.

Using a coil in ice water then running it to the coil in the wort is fairly inefficient. I recommend a pond pump in the ice water and running that to the coil in the wort:

After my tap has done it’s best to get the wort temp 100-110*F, I unscrew the inlet from the tap and switch over to the pond pump. I place the return hose in the top of the bucket of ice water. It gets it down to pitching temp within a few minutes.


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Title: Re: MoreBeer split immersion wort kchiller
Post by: Saccharomyces on January 15, 2021, 09:20:47 PM
+1 for the hydra. I have enjoyed mine.

Using a coil in ice water then running it to the coil in the wort is fairly inefficient. I recommend a pond pump in the ice water and running that to the coil in the wort:

After my tap has done it’s best to get the wort temp 100-110*F, I unscrew the inlet from the tap and switch over to the pond pump. I place the return hose in the top of the bucket of ice water. It gets it down to pitching temp within a few minutes.

That is the way I am going to approach brewing in the warmer months.   I used to have two 20-foot counterflow chillers that I used in series before I took my hiatus.  I would run tap water through top chiller and ice water through the second chiller.  The wort would come out so cold that I would have to let it warm up.  I got amazing cold break.
Title: Re: MoreBeer split immersion wort kchiller
Post by: erockrph on January 16, 2021, 02:36:39 AM
That hydra looks pretty awesome...

I found another that seems like a good deal, free shipping, maybe some here have used it:
https://www.nybrewsupply.com/collections/wort-chillers/products/1-2-x-50-copper-wort-chiller-with-garden-hose-fittings?variant=42199978772

I currently have a homemade 3/8 50 foot but in the warm months it takes awhile....that is why I am looking at 1/2 inch 50 footers....I do have an extra I put in an ice tub to pre-cool the water.

I do BIAG, so no pumps or anything like that, just the IC to get it down to target temp
+1 for the hydra. I have enjoyed mine.

Using a coil in ice water then running it to the coil in the wort is fairly inefficient. I recommend a pond pump in the ice water and running that to the coil in the wort:

After my tap has done it’s best to get the wort temp 100-110*F, I unscrew the inlet from the tap and switch over to the pond pump. I place the return hose in the top of the bucket of ice water. It gets it down to pitching temp within a few minutes.


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Hmm. I don't know why I never thought of that before. Since I don't have a faucet that I can connect right to my chiller, I put a bucket in my sink with a pond pump and run the tap into the bucket. I could just have a second bucket of ice water ready to go and move the pump over. Thanks for the idea!

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