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My new hydra chiller
« on: August 21, 2017, 08:35:43 PM »
 Just used my new hydra chiller for the first time and wow.   It is a sunny Southern California day aside from the eclipse, and the ground water temperature here is about 75° by the beach. I was able to get my wort temperature from boiling to about 80° In about five minutes.  And then threw 10 pounds of ice into a bucket with my pre-chiller and got it down to 65° very quickly. Unbelievable.   Very very happy with this purchase.  Cuts down on brew day time as well as ice.  If I lived somewhere where the ground water temperature was lower, the Hydra would be all that I would need.
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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 09:56:33 PM »
I bought mine last winter. It's an amazing piece of equipment and worth every penny.
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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 01:56:33 AM »
Nice.   Wish they'd make a SS version...
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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 02:02:27 AM »
Nice.   Wish they'd make a SS version...
Funny, I just dropped them an email tonight asking about just that.  I'll let you know what they say. 

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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 02:55:45 AM »
Cool JT I want to know as well, even though I already have the Hydra and a King Cobra. SS is the next move

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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2017, 04:21:10 AM »
Cool JT I want to know as well, even though I already have the Hydra and a King Cobra. SS is the next move

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I just bought a half inch, fifty foot SS chiller from N.Y. Brew Supply about a month ago.  It chills to a reasonable temp in about 15 minutes before I switch to recirc in ice water for another 5 and snugly fits in my boil kettle between the boilcoils (10 gallon kettle).  It's not a bad chiller, though I'm not sure I'm getting much from the 1/2" vs. 3/8" other than a higher water bill. 


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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2017, 11:15:12 AM »
My "home rolled" copper chiller started leaking last year after 15, or so, years of faithful service (we had a nice memorial where many helped us show our respect).   ::) 

I replaced it with a 3/8" stainless steel chiller for the increased durability.  I will admit I miss my old copper coil.  It was quite a bit more efficient at dropping the temps than my new one.

So... IMHO, keep in mind that SS will slow you down a bit.  Like every other decision we make, there are trade offs.

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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2017, 03:32:01 PM »
What's the advantage of using SS versus copper for a coil?

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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2017, 08:03:44 PM »
What's the advantage of using SS versus copper for a coil?

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Reduced copper ions in the wort = reduced staling load downstream

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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2017, 01:40:41 AM »
I got a hydra earlier this year--  I do BIAB, so I use a 15 gal kettle.  The result is my 50" ss chiller has about 5 coils above my brew.   The custom hydra they made is completely submerged and my chill time (60 degree ground water) takes me to 65 degrees in approx 6-7 minutes versus well over twenty. 

I have been reading about the possible impact of copper and other low oxygen options--  but I haven't made any changes-- I am happy with my final products--  brewtan b someday?   

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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2017, 03:05:42 AM »
I got a hydra earlier this year--  I do BIAB, so I use a 15 gal kettle.  The result is my 50" ss chiller has about 5 coils above my brew.   The custom hydra they made is completely submerged and my chill time (60 degree ground water) takes me to 65 degrees in approx 6-7 minutes versus well over twenty. 

I have been reading about the possible impact of copper and other low oxygen options--  but I haven't made any changes-- I am happy with my final products--  brewtan b someday?
Does SS chiller have the clamp at the top like the one in the picture?  If so, loosen it, smash the coils down and hold while you retighten. 

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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2017, 03:53:23 AM »
In my case, doing biab, a five gal batch in a 15 gal kettle is only about 6.5 inches deep.  A 50' coil is much taller-- even when the coils are all stacked closely. 

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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2017, 03:53:51 AM »
Nice.   Wish they'd make a SS version...
Cool JT I want to know as well, even though I already have the Hydra and a King Cobra. SS is the next move

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Hey Joe, 

Thanks for your interest in our products! There are no plans for a stainless chiller. You're right, copper is more than just faster and more efficient, but that is a not a necessary conversation if you are dead set on stainless. Please let us know if you have any more questions.  


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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2017, 02:37:14 AM »
I just ordered one.  I'd looked at the possibility before but had missed that they custom build them.My two keggles can only handle a 10" wide chiller.  Cool!  I wanted a faster chiller, but also wanted a second chiller so days I brew 20 gallons, using two mashtuns, and two keggles/burners, I won't have to chill one batch, and then the other.  This way I can run a splitter below my outdoor faucet and chill either/both batches when it's time to do so, using two IC's.

BTW, when SS chillers first came routinely available I bought a 25-footer and used it maybe twice.  Super slow compared to copper as stated above, and IMHO not worth it, although I don't brew LODO.
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Re: My new hydra chiller
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2017, 06:30:52 AM »
My custom 25" tall, 10" at widest point hydra chiller arrived today apparently in perfect condition and it's gorgeous, and will fit in the top hole of my two keggles.  And I like the extra height that will distribute cooling better for my typical 12 - 12.5 gallons of hot wort.  I immediately soaked it in a bucket of hot PBW solution for most of the day, gave it a lite sponge rub, rinsed well and set it in it's rightful place among the basement brewing gear, lovingly stored in a Home Depot bucket.

Can't wait to try it. 

Thanks JT.  Excellent.