Standard Wort Chiller 3/8"x25' with vinyl tubing

SKU: 7869

COOL WORT FAST!

Our best-selling immersion wort chiller is made from 25 feet of 3/8" copper tubing. Includes vinyl tubing for cold water in and warm water out, and a female garden hose thread fitting that will fasten to most utility sinks.

Availability: In stock

$69.99

Immersion Wort Chiller

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It doesn't matter if you're making extract or all grain, you have to bring the wort down to temperature in order to pitch the yeast, and you have to bring it down quickly so you aren't incorporating any nasty bugs into your beer. Unless you're looking at a small 1-gallon batch that can be put into an ice bath, you're going to want a good wort chiller. No matter if you're just starting out with home-brewing or you've given up commercial brews years ago, a wort chiller is an absolute necessity in the brewing process.

With our immersion wort chiller, we give you the best return on investment. Simply hook up the hose to your tap, place the coil of 3/8" copper tubing into the wart and run the other end to a drain. The cold tap water will quickly feed through the coil, maximizing it's time in the wort to turn out warm water on the other side. Instead of giving all those germs an hour or more to find your tasty wort, chill it down in minutes. No dilution of your wort and no complicated balancing of cold water to concentrated wart. There isn't even any additional mess, you don't need to transfer the wort to a different container or special contraption, just drop the immersion chiller into the brew pot.

The preferred method of sanitation is to make sure it is clean to the eye and then include the copper portion of the unit in the wort during the last 15 minutes of the boil, this will kill any wild yeasts or unsanitary pests that might be introduced. Once it's taken off the boil you can immediately start cooling it off just by hooking up the line and turning on the water.

Our wort chiller is 9.5" in diameter, the coils are 6"-7" tall and 15.5" in total height. The coil is made of 3/8" copper tubing and is 25 feet long to ensure maximum surface area for the hot wort to contact the cold water. The copper ends are connected by a secure clamp to the vinyl hoses. These are easily replaced if punctured or damaged and will help to ensure your chiller a long life. Due to being made from soft copper tubing, the immersion chiller can be slightly deformed during shipping, but is easily bent back into shape with gentle force.

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Customer Reviews

Great product Review by Smokey
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This is great it cools the wort in just a few minutes I did have to get an adapter to use with my sink it came with a fitting for a garden hose (Posted on 3/29/14)
Super item to have Review by Larry
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Hello brewers, I bought this wort chiller after reading all the reviews and how important it is to cool the wort quickly. I have made three batches and I can cool the batches in 9 minutes. Great tool to have when brewing. One piece of advice, hang on to the end of the hose when you turn on the water. The chiller is easy to clean and maintain and a must have product. Happy brewing. (Posted on 2/13/14)
Works great! Review by Thomas
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I used this for my very first brew, it chilled my boiling wort in roughly 8-10 minutes. I would recommend to anyone looking to purchase a wort chiller. (Posted on 1/31/14)
Only had to brew once before buying one Review by Ryan V
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How this isn't considered to be an absolute must for a first time brewer I'll never know. I made my first batch of home brew without one in February in upstate NY, and it took HOURS to cool 5 gallons of wort to pitching temp by sticking the pot in a snow bank and covering with ice and snow. Bought one of these and still use it on 10 gallon batches and it will cool to pitch temp in under 30 mins. FYI, one end is a garden hose connection so keep in mind you have to have a way to hook it up. These are a MUST for brewing, don't even bother trying without one. (Posted on 1/24/14)
Time saver Review by Cody
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After my second ever batch of beer I purchased the wort chiller and wish I had done it sooner. It's a huge time saver. Before, I was doing the ice baths which would easily take 45 minutes to an hour. Using the chiller it brought the cool down time to 7-9 minutes!. It's a must have for any home brewer. (Posted on 1/20/14)
Quick and Efficient! Review by Dan
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I got this wort chiller as a Christmas gift, along with multiple ingredients kits of different styles and sizes. I decided to give this bugger a go after a year of cooling my boiling wort in a sink filled with cold water that would constantly have to be drained and refilled as it warmed up, making the overall cooling process last about an hour.

I used this on Saturday while brewing a Belgian Dark Strong, and it cooled the 3 gallons of wort down to 80 degrees F in just over 10 minutes! It cooled it down so fast that I was able to fire up the kettle again and actually do a double brew day, lasting a total of 4 hours (extract) including sanitation, steeping, boiling, cooling, pitching, and cleanup of two batches.

Can't wait to become a more efficient brewer with this gnarly tool. I love it!

On a side not, I couldn't reuse the water i was filling the sink with as it would just go down the drain. With this i can use the exit hose to fill a sanitizer bucket, or use it to water the plants, or anything. Much more efficient than dumping likely 15 gallons of cooling water down the tubes! (Posted on 1/6/14)
Looks good--excited to use Review by Rebecca
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Haven't used the product yet, but can't wait to brew a batch and try it out! (Posted on 1/4/14)
Saves time and water. Review by Matt
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I haven't tried it on a 5 gallon batch yet, but I'm certain that the usefulness will translate. Let's put it this way:

The first 1-gallon batch I made, I needed to give it three cold water baths over the course of an hour to cool the wort to pitching temperature.

The second 1-gallon batch I made, I siphoned the wort into my fermentation jug and left it outside in the cold winter night for two hours before it reached pitching temperature.

The third 1-gallon batch I made, I tried out my brand new wort chiller and cooled the wort, which was larger than the first batch, in under three minutes using only a gallon of water, which I siphoned into a bucket to make sanitizing solution.

The only reason I give it four stars instead of five is because I've not seen how durable it is over time. (Posted on 1/2/14)
Amazing Review by chad
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Before I purchased this item I filled the sink with ice to try to get the temp down. That took about 30 minutes and a lot of ice! The first time I used the chiller it dropped it to 100 degrees in no time! Great product wih I would have gotten it sooner! (Posted on 1/1/14)
Works great, but tighten the fitting befor 1st use Review by Ivan
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Works as advertised. The only complain i have is that the fittings weren't tighten. Likely for me I tested it before using the item and found/fixed the leak on time.

SUPPLIER: Please leak test your product before shipping to retailer. (Posted on 12/30/13)
Must Have For Homebrewing Review by Rick
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The wort chiller is well made and does the job perfectly. It cools my 5+ gallons of hot wort down to fermentation temperature in 20 minutes or less. Recieved mine free with the purchase of a 15 gallon mega pot. Worth every cent! (Posted on 12/30/13)
Glad I got it Review by Chris
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I got this to chill wort in a 15 gallon kettle. Very happy with it, would take forever to chill otherwise and don't have a large enough sink to put it in an ice bath. Works great! (Posted on 12/29/13)
Faster than expected results Review by Dwayne
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I am a noob but i highly recommend this wort chiller. Just started my first batch ever and used this copper chiller to cool my full 5 gallon boil of Caribou slobber to 95 degrees in 10 min. I did have the help of some ice and snow i set my 15 gallon megapot on though so maybe a few min longer without the external ice bath. (Posted on 12/29/13)
Great product Review by Daniel
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The item is a Christmas gift for our son. He was quite pleased with the quality of the item. He has used this product in the past. He & a buddy has brewed for years. Now he has his own home brewery. (Posted on 12/27/13)
Great Investment! Review by Michael
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This is a great investment for cooling the wort down to yeast pitching temperature within 30 minutes. Much quicker and easier than an ice bath.

Depending on the size of the pot and the proximity to the heat it can take about 30 minutes to completely cool down to yeast pitching temperature. Stopping a boil is much quicker (usually 10 to 15 minutes) however if the goal is to get it to pitching temperature using the wort I noticed it can take a good half hour.

Keep in mind that while you might be saving money on ice, the water consumption is high.

I have only used it once last month but so far I have not noticed any rust or color change.

The major reason the wort chiller is only getting 4 stars is because it does not fit well in my basement sink. The opening is very big much larger than the faucet. It requires a lot of pressure and constant holding of the wort's hose to the faucet in order to work properly. Some water does leak out to the side since it is not a proper fit, again a waste of water consumption.

Overall for the price this is a great wort chiller. Much faster than any ice bath.

My recommendations for use are measure the faucet of your sink and compare it to the hose of the wort, find a way to reuse the water that comes out of the other end (perhaps collect it a carboy, bottling bucket, etc. to use to clean out), and faster results make sure the wort is away from a heat source (the burner) and if possible in a cold environment. (Posted on 12/18/13)
Be prepared to move quickly... Review by Robert
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This wort chiller is fantastic. Copper is a better conductor of heat than stainless steel. This will bring 3 gallons of wort from a full boil down to 100-80 degrees in about 6-8 minutes. I haven't tasted the end products yet, but I love this thing. Worth the investment. (Posted on 11/25/13)
Works great Review by Colton
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Made cooling the wort fast and easy. (Posted on 11/15/13)
Works Great Review by Seth
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I finally broke down and bought one. I should have done before I ever started brewing. I saved so much time and it is so easy to use and clean. (Posted on 11/12/13)
Works Great! Review by Eric
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Simple and easy to use. Using our cold WI well water, it cools boiling wort to pitching temp in 10-15 minutes. (Posted on 10/31/13)
Should have gotten this sooner Review by bruce
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Got this not sure how it would work? It worked GREAT cooled the beer in about 10 min. Much better then using ice. Makes brewing day that much faster (Posted on 10/26/13)
super fast cooling! Review by Luis
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Worked great. Dropped wart temp. from boiling to pitching in under 10 min. Make sure you tighten clamps did a test run and 1 clamp leaked, nothing a screwdriver couldn't fix. Well worth the $$$! (Posted on 10/26/13)
Saves time and water Review by Johnny
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I brewed 100+ all grain recipes before I bought this. I used to just soak the kkettle in a tub of cold water and change the water 2 or 3 times. The process took 2 hours. I resisted buying a wort chiller thinking it wouldwaste water. I was very wrong. In about 30 mins my wort is cooled and i drain the chiller to my sink where I use the water to wash my equipment later. The volume of water the chiller uses is about half what I used to use.

Only 4 stars because the hose adapter washer does not stay in the adapter and you have to make sure you don't lose it. (Posted on 10/7/13)
Works as promised Review by Shawn
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I have used this wort chiller twice now and it gets my wort temperature down to mid 70's in around 20 minutes or so. I couldn't imagine doing the ice in the sink or bath tub method. I'm glad I purchased this with my deluxe kit. Like others have stated make sure you have the return hose in a safe position as to not burn your self or anyone else. The water that exits the chiller is hot!! Would strongly recommend this to anyone getting into this awesome hobby. (Posted on 10/7/13)
Cuprous Review by Brett
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The product is well constructed. For the price of copper and time to build your own this is the way to go. Highly recommended. (Posted on 9/26/13)
Must Have! Review by Kasey
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After months of chilling in an ice bath, this was a great investment! A must have for those who are impatient, or just have better things to do with their time. Would suggest this product to any home brewer. (Posted on 9/17/13)
Great value for the upgrade Review by Matthew
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After 3 years of brewing and countless pounds of ice and time spent on slowly getting to pitching temps, I finally made the jump to this wort chiller! I did not want to spend $200+ on a plate chiller so this was the best option for the money and it is well worth it.

I cut my chilling time in half and that is during the summer with 75-78 degree tap water. I know this will perform even better in the winter when the tap water drops to 60-65 degrees. (Posted on 9/17/13)
works good and great price Review by Marshall
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so far works good cools my wort down quickly. the only issue i had was one of the fitting started to leak. but I fixed it quickly with just a little tightening of the claps. good deal easier/ quicker then an ice bath (Posted on 9/5/13)
Great chiller Review by iBob
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This was one of my best purchases for brewing. I'd been borrowing a friend's chiller for a year or so. After I moved a slight but inconvenient distance away I felt "forced" to buy my own.

I just brewed a Belgian Poorter (http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/beerkits/BelgianPoorter.pdf) and was able to chill my wort in under 10 minutes. I have found that one must swirl the chiller so as to avoid the possibility of hot-spots.

Also, BEWARE, turn on the flow of water slowly! If you just crank it up you'll have water spraying out of the feeder tube where it connects to the copper. Don't contaminate your labour of luv! Turn the water on gradually (and do a sanity check on the pipe clamp's tightness.)

All in all, a great chiller. (Posted on 9/2/13)
Must have!!! Review by Richard
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This product is a must have for any new or old beer maker. It's significantly speeds up to the brew (Posted on 9/1/13)
Best Investment To Date! Review by Mudflap
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Got this in the spring. Never would have believed it works so great. I've done several batches and each one has gone from boiling to 80 degrees in less than 10 minutes, typically 8 minutes. Saves so much time over ice baths and will eventually pay for itself. Other than kegging system this is the best item to expand your experience. Makes brew day go by quickly. (Posted on 8/25/13)
I can't believe that I waited so long Review by Steven
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I've been brewing for nearly three years now and used the ice bath method for chilling my wort. This method worked ok, but took about 45 minutes to get to pitching temps. So I decided I'd give this chiller a try. My chilling time is now down to less than 20 minutes! Way to go NB! (Posted on 8/20/13)
Great Product Review by Robert
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Came in the mail quickly, has tons of surface area for cooling and gets the job done. You just don't realize what you're missing until you get one of these. You can taste the difference, especially with IPA's and other timing-critical brews. (Posted on 8/8/13)
Awesome Review by Evan
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First time home brewer. This device worked perfectly to drop the temperature of the wort in just 5 mins. I used a ice bath and the chiller. Highly recommend!! (Posted on 7/25/13)
Very fast chill, great for first time brewers! Review by Christopher
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Just chilled my first batch from boiling to 97 degrees in under 8 minutes...I'd say that speaks for itself. Used both the chiller and cold water bath, stirred a few times to get the wort moving in opposite direction of water flowing into chiller and had great results! (Posted on 7/23/13)
Used with second batch Review by Stephen
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I have to say this product is very nice. It cooled my wort from 220 to 80 in about 10 min. My first batch took forever to cool. I made it so late at night I had to wait the next morning to pitch the yeast, but not with this sucker. I barely had time to get my equipment sanitized. I dumped the cooled wort into my fermenter with the cold water and was pitching yeast 5 minutes later. Definitely beats the ice bath. (Posted on 7/20/13)
A good price and better than trying to give a kettle an ice bath. Review by Sean
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It cools about how you expect 25 feet of 3/8-inch copper to cool. I should have read the description and thought a little more about how this would sit in 5.5 gallons of wort in a keggle. The 90-degree bends at only 15 inches high basically point the hoses at the side of my kettle requiring a somewhat severe bend in the vinyl, I ended up bending the tubes back closer to 45 degrees to prevent kinking. Then there's the tendency of the warm outlet hose to collapse/kink as it drapes over the kettle to drain. It worked but if you are using a little pump like me to move icewater, it creates added resistance and flow restriction. I will be replacing the vinyl with something more stout. Still a good price and better than trying to give a keggle an ice bath. (Posted on 7/17/13)
Made cooling a quick and simple process Review by Jeffrey
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This wort chiller works very well. Admittedly, my experience with wort chilling previous to this was my kitchen sink filled with ice water. I bought this in conjunction with a gas burner, so I was able to move my entire brew day outdoors. Between the burner (as opposed to the electric stove top) and the wort chiller, I knocked over an hour and a half off my brew time. I would have given this 5 stars, but for one fact: If the water you use is extremely cold (as mine was out of the garden hose), be sure to test the chiller first. The copper tubing will contract a little bit and therefore leak between the copper and vinyl tubing. BEFORE brew day you'll want to tighten the o-rings as much as possible while running very cold water through this for a few minutes, otherwise you may be pouring water from the hose into your wort. Otherwise, this is an awesome product, and I'm glad I'll never have to chill in an ice bath again. (Posted on 7/17/13)
First Chiller and It's a Winner Review by James
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This was my first chiller and I was nervous that I was getting the right thing for my first time. This did the job on my first brew day at home despite the crazy heat wave we were having.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. (Posted on 7/14/13)
Quick chilling Review by Justin
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I have a well and this thing chills my wort down very quickly. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Probably OK for 3 Gallons, not so good for 5 gallons Review by Jake
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Don't believe the hype... on my 40th minute of cooling 6 gallons of wort from a boil with Milwaukee's 40 degree tapwater, and am just now getting to pitching temps. NOT 10-15 minutes as you may expect. Go with the wider diameter, or the 70' coil, or buy some coil and do it yourself. Wish I just spent the extra cash for the bigger coil. I do have 50' of copper coming, and will use this in an icebath before the 50', maybe get things moving quicker. I did not stir.

All that said, this coil is 100x better than a kettle in an icebath. Just always buy the next bigger thing no matter what, because re-buying things is a bummer and it's only a small increase in cost to do it right. (Posted on 4/13/13)
How have I done without this thing. Review by stevebob
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Took 2.5 gallons of wort from boil to 100F in 5 minutes. Granted it's winter and water is cold, but dang. (Posted on 3/4/13)
Love It Review by Brandon
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Used a few times only but it works great...no more stock piling ice! I set it in my bucket of star san to sanitize prior to use. (Posted on 2/17/13)
good product just one minor flaw Review by Gilbert
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it works great as expected. However i did run into one issue if you are going to use it in your kitchen you need to buy the adapter to connect it to your kitchen sink. (Posted on 1/22/13)
Holy Moly Review by Paul
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I hooked this up to utility sink in the dead of winter, water around 5c, and it chilled my boiling wort in a good 5-6 minutes, if even. Almost over-chilled the wort since I was expecting 10min+.

Great construction, plenty of hose-length, no leaks. Very happy with the product. When I move up to a plate chiller, this will be a great pre-chiller when the water supply is too hot. :)

Can't imagine brewing without one of these, now. (Posted on 1/21/13)
Works Just as You'd Expect Review by Chris
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Feels like it's made well, with no leaks and solid connections. Cools my wort down in a flash. Excellent purchase (Posted on 1/18/13)
Bad Ass!! Review by steven
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Got this chiller as a Christmas gift....best gift I will ever receive! Hose reaches sink from the stove, and my full 5 gallons of wort went from boiling to pitchable in 7 minutes. Yes that's right, only 7 minutes!! Make sure to slowly move the chiller up and down while using and it will be much more efficient :). Had to tighten the hose clamps a bit but if you can't handle that then you probably shouldn't brew beer. Lol. Great product!! (Posted on 1/7/13)
Good Value Review by Colin
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Make sure you test this product first. Mine leaked really badly and I had to add additional clamps which I luckily had on hand.

I've now done 3 batches with this product and love it! Cools very quickly and priced at a level that makes it affordable for the home brewer. (Posted on 11/8/12)
Best $69 bucks ever spent Review by Paul
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At first I was like everyone else that starts out brewing using a Ice water bath to chill my wort. I thought the wort chiller wouldn't make that bit of difference. I was wrong! I looked at my wife and said I cant believe I waited so long to buy one of these! She just laughed and said I told you so. (Posted on 10/6/12)
No complaints Review by Peter
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Love it, easy to clean. Just buy one, quit looking at reviews! (Posted on 8/15/12)
Rachmat Review by Rachmat
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This is one of the best first DIY project for any home breewr for sure! I made one with 50-feet of 5/8 copper for less than $80, which is pretty good considering the price of copper.Now that I have a counterflow (talk about rapid chilling!) chiller, I think I am going to re-purpose the immersion chiller as a pre-chiller for the hot tap water 'round these parts in the summer time. That way, the water going into the counterflow is ice-cold!One thing to remember is that you will just need to give your immersion chiller a good cleaning before use, then just drop it into your boil with about 15 mins to go. The boiling wort will sanitize it! Then just scrub off any hoppy residue once you finish.Let me know when all of you Scotts brew, and maybe we should do a Bull City Home Brew & NC Home Brewing collaboration brew sometime! (Posted on 6/21/12)
Decent Chiller Review by Aaron
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Took about 5 to 10 min to cool down my 2.5 gallon batch to pitching temps. worked pretty good. Have to see how it does when I increase the batch size. (Posted on 5/21/12)
I'm chillin' with this device and I'll never go back Review by RAF from MKE
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Don't write many reviews but when I find a product that makes my life mucho easier, I've just gotta say this is the cat's meow. I'm still not up to full boils yet so have been limping along with a sack of ice and my sink. But now that I popped for this chiller, I'm so much happier and my wort is in the primary way sooner. Never did have any problem with leaking but I did test it completely before using for real the 1st time.
This is a real time-saver. I really, really glad that I got it. (Posted on 5/21/12)
Excellent buy Review by Joshua
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Well my initial thoughts were surprised by its small stature. I soon discovered why this item has such great reviews. I tool my wort from 170 deg to 80 deg in about 3 minutes. Granted I live in North New York and the ground water from my water spigot is still ice cold, I think if your considering buying a wort chiller and your doing 5 gallon batches this is the way to go.

The only thing that limits it (and i think the manufacturer did this on purpose so they can sell larger ones) is that they soldered the copper so that you can not stretch it out to fit larger batches.

But if you are brewing 5 gallon batches this is the way to go.

(Posted on 5/7/12)
Why did I wait so long ... Review by Bill
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When I paid $70 bucks for this, I kicked my self hard. Not for spending the money but for not spending the money earlier!

Brewed for years using an ice bath or just playing the waiting game. What a moron I was ... this is worth every penny.

I looked at the local Home Debit store and did the math - the price difference between home made and NB was a wash (NB was slightly cheaper) so I figured that rather that try to make it myself and ruin several feet of flex copper tube when I kinked it, I'd take the easy way out. So worth it.

I drop this into my brew kettle at 15min left in my boil and let it sanitize itself. When the wort is really hot, I run water through at a pretty high rate - as long as it is coming out hot, I keep the rate up (I actually catch some of that water in an old brew pot and use it to clean up). As the temp drops, I drop the flow rate to save water. Works great - boil to 80F in about an hour.

Can't believe I waited so long to get one. (Posted on 2/9/12)
Must Have Review by John
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If you are looking for a wort chiller, buy this one. One clamp leaked a little bit so I had to tighten it. I will never use a ice bath again. (Posted on 2/4/12)
great for >5 gallon chilling. Review by Sean
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This is a great IC for 3-4 gallon boils. It lowered my wort temp from 210ish to 75 in about 12-15 minutes. Ive never touched the clamps and havent had a hose leak after about 5 batches. Def a great buy. It really negates the hassle of an ice bath and 30 min cool times. (Posted on 1/29/12)
Great chiller - tighten clamps Review by Angelicw
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Good quality chiller that is exactly what was advertised. Boyfriend bought it for me for my Christmas and I couldn't be happier with it. The hose that hooks up to the faucet dripped a little where it connects to the copper if I turned the faucet water on all the way, but if I turned it down to about half the full flow it didn't drip at all. Tightened the hose clamp a bit and added another one for security, absolutely no drips even if I had the faucet on all the way. Highly recommended chiller. (Posted on 1/5/12)
Effective cooler but mine has leaked every time Review by Tim
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Save yourself the hassle and spend a few extra dollars on the one with brass hose fittings.
I have used this three times and every time it has leaked. After the first time I even added Teflon tape and an extra hose clamp. You can only tighten the fittings so much given how soft copper is. (Posted on 1/4/12)
Manadatory equipment for any brewer Review by stephen
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Forget about dealing with a ice water bath in a sink crawling with unwanted microbes and buy this product. After testing the fittings for leaks I brewed a batch of Chinook IPA and had it perfectly chilled to pitching temp in less than 10 minutes. I will be triming the vinyl leads down to a more managable length before my next brew session. A very user friendly product! (Posted on 1/2/12)
works great - a tip to avoid water waste Review by Doug
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As said in other reviews, tighten the hose clamps when you first get it. Then it just does the job! Will bring 5 gallons of wort down to 80 degrees in less than ten minutes using Chicago tap water. To avoid wasting water, I rigged up a cheap pond pump from amazon, put it at the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket, filled it with water and frozen water bottles/ice and connected the pump output to the chiller, and put the chiller output right back in the bucket to make a closed system. This works even faster and doesn't waste water! (Posted on 11/3/11)
Works as advertised. Kills crickets too Review by Daniel
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Works great! Cools my pot from the boil down to a near pitchable temp. Let it run for about 10 minutes and the temps drop enough that a few minutes in an ice bath and the yeast goes in. I use in a 10 gallon pot, making 5 gallon all grain brews.

Last brewing session, when I turned on the water, I could see two black spots being pushed through the clear hose. I freaked but then it registered that it was a closed system. A minute latter two dead crickets popped out. (Posted on 9/11/11)
Great chiller Review by Peter
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Used this chiller for the first time. Cooled the wort in about 10 minutes. Convenient to use with my Utility sink, send the outlet hose right down the drain....and no ice needed. >:D 5 pints (Posted on 8/22/11)
Great chiller! Review by Nicholas
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I've been using this chiller for about 2-3 years and I love it.

Every 3-6 months you should check your hose clamps and be ready to trim the line and tighten the clamps if need be, but I consider this a general maintenance issue that just needs to be done.

Even with my warm water from the hose I'm still able to bring my temps down quickly enough for a good cold break with this chiller. 5 pints! (Posted on 8/15/11)
Works as intended. Review by Jeff M
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Actually, I ordered the other standard wort chiller - the one with garden hose fittings. They sent me this one by mistake. Not too happy about that BUT...as it turns out this works great! Better than I expected, in fact. After reading about leaks at the tubing connections in other reviews here, I did tighten the clamps that secure the clear tubes to the copper tubing. Voila - no leaks! I may go ahead and install an additional pair of clamps - for that extra measure of over-engineering. This chiller, along with my 62 degree well water took my 5-gallon brew pot from 212 degrees/rolling boil to 75 degrees in just 10 minutes. I couldn't happier - unless of course they sent me the item I actually ordered. ;) (Posted on 8/7/11)
Great Product Review by AKbrewer
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I just bought this wort chiller and used it on a pale ale. 3 gallon boil down from 212 to 100 degrees in about 8 min, even with a lower mass flow rate from the kitchen sink. I just ran up to lowes and grabbed an adapter so i didnt have to find a utility sink, or run the hose from outside. Worked great, glad i bought it. A buddy that i brew with made his own, but all together only saved two bucks, and considering the labor that went into finding the the parts and putting it together, he would have been much better off just getting it at NB. Bottom line: its worth the money. (Posted on 7/26/11)
Works Great! Review by Matt
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Great product. A present from my wife for Christmas, this has significantly cut down on chill time to a pitchable temperature, typically 10-15 minutes. Easy to clean, easy to use - well worth the price. (Posted on 6/14/11)
buy this! Review by derm
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This wort chiller lives up to its billing. 7 minutes from boil to 100 degrees! It is easy to clean. It comes with plenty of tubing to stretch your patio if you brew outdoors, or you can attach a regular hose end if you need to go a little further. Don't forget to tighten the fittings though, mine were loose like the others. Great investment. (Posted on 5/25/11)
Not sure how I could live without one now... Review by Jeffro the Pagan
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Having started brewing again after a 20 year break, I figured I would make things easy. I have no idea how I could live without a chiller now, flashbacks of filling a sink with ice and water haunt me.
This thing is great for the price, highly recommended. Some kind of directions or product video would have been nice. Thank the Google others have been though it before.
If you have a larger kettle (the 7.5 gal) you may need to add more liquid to the boil so the coils are not hanging in the air. More boil volume is not a bad thing anyway... (Posted on 3/30/11)
A real time saver. Review by flytyer
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Used this twice this past weekend. I don't have an automatic ice maker so I no longer have to collect ice for a week taking up freezer space.The hose end fits my stationary tub faucet without any modifications. I did a dry run without the wort and tightened the all the fittings on the advise of the NB salesman. Dropped the temp. in a 3 gallon batch from rolling boil to < 90 degrees in 5 minutes. 38 degree well water. Excellent tool. (Posted on 3/29/11)
Did the job Review by JD
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I considered building one of these with tubing from Home Depot. After pricing out the parts and my time, its real worth just buying this outright. I just brewed and used this to cool 6 gallons of wort. Let me start off by saying this is way better than cooling by ice bath! It cooled the batch down to 90 degrees in about 7 minutes. The the cooling rate slowed between 90 to 80 degrees. However, that's to be expected as the wort approaches the temperature of the water being used to cool it.
For those of you with a sprayer in your kitchen sink: I went to Home Depot and purchased a Male Brass 1/2" NPT x 3/8" Barb (or you can buy one from NB: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brass-1-2-mpt-x-3-8-barb.html ) and replaced the garden hose connector. This allowed me to unscrew my sprayer and supply the cooler with water directly from the sink. My wife appreciates this method over dragging a hose in from outside. Just verify your sprayer's hose will except the male 1/2in NPT connector before you buy it.

Cheers
JD (Posted on 3/23/11)
Nice piece of kit Review by Glenn
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I received & used this chiller today, and I'm impressed. It cools the wort down startlingly fast compared to the ice bath method. I had no problems with leaks, but I also check all my equipment before starting a batch, and so should you!

Some construction notes: the plastic tubing that they attach is a very generous length, about 8' each. This was actually far too long for my use (pot right next to the sink), so I removed one & cut the other in half so I have 4' hoses. Thoughtful of them to err on the side of too much tubing. The two parts of the "stem" that stick up are soldered together, leading to much more sturdy construction. The tubing itself has been well-polished, and is a nice clean copper rather than the usual paint & grease of copper water line. The chiller is too tall for my small-ish ~3 gal pot, so I just used aluminum foil instead of the lid while chilling.

I probably could have assembled my own chiller cheaper than this, but this is a nicely put together piece of simple technology. The small additional price for the level of polish is well worth it. A great addition to your equipment. (Posted on 3/13/11)
TIGHTEN THE 'C' CLAMPS BEFORE YOU TURN ON THE H2O Review by Bruce
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I was excited to use this wort chiller and I guess I (1.) should have re-read the comments about tightening the clamps or (2.) remembered the one about tightening the 'C' clamps. Wow what a suprise...WATER went everywhere.

But other than that, this thing had my wort at 80°F in less than 3 or 4 minutes. Wow, better than sealing the lip with foil and placing it in the snow and freezing my butt off or buying bags of ice and chilling it that way – usually about an hour plus. REMEMBER TO TIGHTEN THE ‘C’ CLAMP!! But not too tight!! CHEERS!!

Great tool and investment!!! 5-STARS (Posted on 2/21/11)
good wintertime chiller Review by BenRN
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Easy to use, but my homemade chiller is about twice as quick to cool a full boil wort. Convenience is worth the investment here as my homemade chiller only hooks up to my outdoor faucets. (not feasible in the MN winters) (Posted on 2/12/11)
Check the connections... Review by chris
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I wish I'd read some of these reviews before I tried mine. Yeah, the thing works great -- with some adjustments. I didn't bother to check the connections between the hose and the copper tubing before my first use... big mistake. I turned the water on and bam! The hose came lose and started spraying the room with water. I don't think it got in the wort -- we'll see how the batch turns out -- but it was pretty surprising. And messy. Really messy. (Posted on 1/23/11)
Works perfectly Review by John
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My wife got me this or Christmas and I just got a chance to use it last night. I had no idea these things cooled the wort so fast. I wish I'd got one sooner. Full boils will be next. (Posted on 1/6/11)
Excellent Product Review by Scott
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I tried it out first- just to make sure everything was tight. It did leak a little around the connections, but nothing that my trusty little screwdriver couldn't fix. This has been a great purchase and has cut down on some late nights. Buy it, you won't be dissapointed. (Posted on 11/16/10)
Great product Review by blsdmf33
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I just got this in the other day. I've used it once and I have to say, I wish I had ordered it a long time ago. This is a very durable, and effective chiller with a great price. I shopped around quite a bit and I'm glad I went with this one. The coil, and all the hardware are quality parts that are better then some of the stuff I was looking at to build my own, Thanks (Posted on 6/28/10)
Works well, but could use more details Review by JL
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It's a good product. It works well. It cools quickly. It's a step up from an ice bath, without shelling out for one of the higher end chillers (which really aren't necessary unless you are making batches larger than 5 gallons). A wort chiller isn't a must have for a beginning brewer, but it sure makes life easier, especially as your boils get larger.

My only issue is with the information provided on the site. As with just about any brewing equipment you buy, this is a "one size fits most" item. The fitting on the end of the vinyl hose that "fits most utility sinks" doesn't fit mine. This isn't really an issue. Like I said before, most equipment will likely require a little tinkering to fit your individual brewing setup. However, since this item does come with vinyl hoses and a fitting, it would be nice to know up front what size the hose is, and the specs of the fittings and clamps so it can be customized to the indivual's needs.

As an aside, I was looking at the chiller with the garden hose fittings. Since it does have garden hose fittings, it would be nice to know if they are both male or female, or one of each. You can really only see one clearly in the picture.

Just some suggestions. (Posted on 3/15/10)

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