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Offline narcout

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Stainless Hydra
« on: May 07, 2021, 07:25:42 PM »
I just received this yesterday.  Looking forward to trying it out tomorrow...

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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2021, 07:28:19 PM »
Let us know how it goes. I opted for the full copper.. even though my whole brewery is stainless lol

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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 08:25:53 PM »
Very snazzy.  I've never tried one of their products that wasn't fantastic.
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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2021, 11:44:49 AM »
I also have the Hydra and LOVE IT!
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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2021, 02:37:47 AM »
I just received this yesterday.  Looking forward to trying it out tomorrow...

A 1/2"x50' coil will do the same thing at a fraction of the cost. It's just about how much water you can move.

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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2021, 04:12:45 PM »
I've been using a 50' stainless coil for the last few years (3/8" though, not 1/2"), and it works fine.  Before that, I had a 25' copper coil which also worked fine.

So far, I'm really liking this hydra though. 
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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2021, 08:37:44 PM »
I just received this yesterday.  Looking forward to trying it out tomorrow...

A 1/2"x50' coil will do the same thing at a fraction of the cost. It's just about how much water you can move.
Water flow is important but surface area is equally important. The hydra has 75' of 3/8" tubing, which has more surface area than 50' of 1/2' tubing.
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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2021, 09:56:48 PM »
Water flow is important but surface area is equally important. The hydra has 75' of 3/8" tubing, which has more surface area than 50' of 1/2' tubing.

At a different forum we compared the SS hydra to the coil I described above with differing water flows and temperatures. The performance difference was basically a wash. Which incidentally is harder to do with that mess of coils.

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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2021, 11:12:39 PM »
I have a copper hydra but want to eliminate that last piece of copper so I decided to just use my stainless HERMS coil. I begin the cooling with just cold tap and change out the water occasionally to about 100*F and then use ice + cold tap to hit pitch temp.



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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2021, 11:44:37 PM »
Water flow is important but surface area is equally important. The hydra has 75' of 3/8" tubing, which has more surface area than 50' of 1/2' tubing.

At a different forum we compared the SS hydra to the coil I described above with differing water flows and temperatures. The performance difference was basically a wash. Which incidentally is harder to do with that mess of coils.
Yes, my first reaction to seeing the picture is that it would be hard to clean. It is interesting to hear that the two coils performed similarly, but I stand by my statement that surface area is important in addition to water flow.
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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2021, 11:52:53 PM »
Water flow is important but surface area is equally important. The hydra has 75' of 3/8" tubing, which has more surface area than 50' of 1/2' tubing.

At a different forum we compared the SS hydra to the coil I described above with differing water flows and temperatures. The performance difference was basically a wash. Which incidentally is harder to do with that mess of coils.
Yes, my first reaction to seeing the picture is that it would be hard to clean. It is interesting to hear that the two coils performed similarly, but I stand by my statement that surface area is important in addition to water flow.

That certainly was my finding also when I switched from a single coil to a Hydra.  And it isn't at all hard to clean.
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Re: Stainless Hydra
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2021, 11:00:56 PM »
Yes, my first reaction to seeing the picture is that it would be hard to clean. It is interesting to hear that the two coils performed similarly, but I stand by my statement that surface area is important in addition to water flow.

Besides having a good flow of cooling water anything that increases the contact between the hot fluid and the cold improves heat transfer. Surface area of the coils can do that but also simply movement of the hot wort past the chilled coils is also quite effective.