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Immersion Chiller
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:38:06 PM »
For the folks here using immersion chillers, I have a quick question. I see some of them marketed with vinyl hoses  and one brass adapter like these.....http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/brewing-equipment/wort-chillers/immersion-chillers/standard-chiller-3-8-x25-with-vinyl-tubing.html
Are these only for use in a kitchen sink type faucet?

Then I see these http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/brewing-equipment/wort-chillers/immersion-chillers/xl-immersion-chiller.html with obvious hose fittings.

If I plan on using the chiller in conjunction with an outdoor garden hose, could I use either or only the second one linked?

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Re: Immersion Chiller
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2014, 09:45:50 PM »
Both descriptions say they have garden hose connections. I use one with the vinyl hose. I am not sure the intended use case for the one without vinyl.

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Re: Immersion Chiller
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2014, 10:10:49 PM »
Either will work fine. You might get slightly better flow rate from the chiller without the vinyl tubing, but I imagine it would be marginal.

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Re: Immersion Chiller
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2014, 10:42:29 PM »
Good point Steve. Confirmed with a swell chap from NB that either will work.

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Re: Immersion Chiller
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2015, 05:03:10 PM »
If you're hose connection leaks (mine always does), the one with vinyl tubing will leak on the floor/ground. The other might leak in the wort.
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Re: Immersion Chiller
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2015, 05:09:05 PM »
If you're hose connection leaks (mine always does), the one with vinyl tubing will leak on the floor/ground. The other might leak in the wort.
An easy fix here is to add brass quick connects to the hose fittings. Cost about $2.50 per side at Lowes/Home Depot. I used thread tape when adding the fittings and double check them as I start the boil. I have been extremely happy with them. Tightening down fittings on a 200+ degree wort chiller sucks.

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Re: Immersion Chiller
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2015, 03:34:49 PM »
I haven't had my first brew day but working on it, just making sure that I have all the necessities.
I have a 3/8" copper immersion chiller with 3/8"x1/2" tubing.
Is there any way that I can convert this into quick disconnects, so that I can attach the hoses after I move the hot wort toward the utility sink? Pictures?
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