Silver Serpent® Stainless Steel Immersion Wort Chiller


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A simple tweak—adding barbed fittings and a drop-angle to our favorite immersion chiller—spawns a new best-in-class product. Introducing Silver Serpent®, the most sanitary immersion chiller on the market.

Quickly cool your wort down to yeast pitching temperature and reduce the chance of contamination. All stainless steel coil construction is easy to clean and will not corrode like other metals.

  • Stainless Steel Immersion Chiller
  • Vinyl Tubing; one end with a garden hose fitting for attaching to a utility sink
  • Hose clamps to secure tubing to barbed fittings.
Note: Product arrives fully assembled.

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Silver Serpent™ Stainless Steel Immersion Wort Chiller

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Quickly cool your wort down to yeast pitching temperature and reduce the chance of contamination. All stainless steel coil construction is easy to clean and will not corrode like other metals.

No need to sanitize. Simply drop your clean chiller into the kettle a few minutes before the end of the boil and it will be ready to go. 

Brew with peace of mind like never before. Drop-angle connections provide insurance against contamination. Surprise leaks stay outside your kettle and away from cooling wort.

Ensure secure tubing with proprietary barbed fittings. Eradicate shooting streams of water that make a mess in your brew cave. Do away with ill-fitting hose clamps on mis-shapen chiller connections.

Maximize flow and minimize fuss. The Silver Serpent® drop-angle eliminates kinked tubing. No more hassling with propping up water hose. Tubing can now hang tension-free, kink-free and problem-free.

Standard garden hose connection allows for brewing outside or connects to a laundry sink faucet as your chilling water source. Use the optional Faucet Adapter to connect your Silver Serpent® to a standard kitchen faucet when brewing inside.

Dimensions: 9 inches wide, 16 inches tall to the bend, 3/8 ID tubing 

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Great product
Works great
February 9, 2016
Sure beats using ice
This cools my wort 2 to 3 times as fast as using an ice bath. I don't know why I held out so long considering the amount of money I've spent on ice since I started brewing.
December 15, 2015
Cool chiller
Got the silver serpent hoping for something good and found that it helps settle out the extra floaties and made straining easier plus quick chilling.
March 14, 2016
Silver Serpent Delivers!!!
If you are a home brewer, you have to have one of these. Worked flawlessly, saves time, reduces risk and as a result, you'll get a better product. I should have purchased one 100 batches ago....
September 25, 2016
Serpent rocks
great chiller, wish it was a little wider though.
January 10, 2016
Must have!
I muddled through my first few brew attempts without this, relying on cold weather outside or ice bath. Rookie mistake! Like others have said this chills fast. I had my doubts first time and waited 25 minutes and got the beer too cold. Next batch checked at 10 minutes and it was down to 80 degrees. Didn't use too much water - just a trickle from the hose that didn't quite fill a 2 gallon bucket (which I threw on the lawn).
February 10, 2016
Works like a charm.
Got the wort down to 78 deg. In about 5 minutes with 30 degree ambient temps and water from the hose spigot. Clean-up was a breeze. Construction is good and I don't feel like I'm going to bend it easily. Only thing I could really complain about is that the rubber hose gasket doesn't stay in and needs to be zip-tied for storage.
December 31, 2015
February 5, 2016
Silver Serpent
This thing does an excellent job cooling my wort. It chills to pitching temp in ten minutes or so. The hardware is all quality brass fittings. I like how the tubing is bent downward minimizing any chances of water getting into the brew pot
October 28, 2015
A must have item
This sure beats the old ice in the sink chliiing
October 28, 2015
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Can you please clarify what the inner diameter of the tubing is. One Brewmasters answer states that it is 3/8" ID while another answered question contradicts this listing it as 3/8" OD in another . Which is it? Thanks!
C S on Nov 14, 2015

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The OD of the stainless tubing is 3/8 while the ID of the Vinyl tubing is 3/8 and the OD of the vinyl is 5/8. If I'm not mistaken the ID of the stainless is 5/16. I hope that this helps clarify!
I am interested in this chiller but i have the 15 gallon mega pot and the chiller is 16" to the bend and the pot is 18.3" to the top. Is it possible to stretch the coil out a little to make the missing 2.3 inches?
B R on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not bend or stretch the coil but luckily the chiller will fit in a 15 gallon megapot - but the bend will not be over the edge of the pot if it rests at the bottom of the pot. Cheers!
What is the exact height of the coil? I know that Norther Brewer states that this chiller is 16" to the bend, but I'm curious about the actual coil? Thanks!
M I on Feb 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 16" from base of coil to bend, coil height 4" and 9 1/4" in diameter. Honestly, this wort chiller works great and I'm glad I purchased it. It will get my wort down in the seventies range in less then fifteen minutes. I have well water which generally is cold to begin with. Hope this answers your question
Hi there, starting out brand new in homebrewing. Will this wort chiller effectively work with a 42qt (10.5-gal) brew kettle?
M I on May 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You'll need to measure the side wall or height of the kettle. The bends on the chiller start to bend at 16" Obviously you want the chiller to submerge in the beer for best results. Hope this helps.
Is it recommend to use a TSP or substitute to clean the chiller before using it for the first time?
H O on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the question. While not strictly necessary a short cleaning in something like PBW and then rinsing thoroughly can help ensure the chiller is clean and ready to go for its first use.
Can the faucet adapter be used for European faucets?
S J on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The wort chiller does not have a faucet adapter. It has a 3/4" garden hose connection. You need to get a garden hose adapter to fit your faucet. There are numerous different size faucets.
First time using my chiller and I turned around for a second....runoff hose rested against the side of my very very hot pot. Now my runoff hose is much shorter than it used to be. Is it easy to remove the clamps to replace the hose?
R I on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Oetiker style clamps are not too complicated. I would not call it easy as sometimes I spend half an hour cursing at them trying to get them to come off. A crimping tool wire cutter and wrench prove useful at getting them off - it can be a pain but is relatively easy. I would replace the clamps with worm gear clamps for new tubing. I hop this helps!
Is anybody using this as a removable HERMS coil? If so, how's it working out?
B R on Feb 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: S. Serpent worked great with my vast experience of my first batch ever. Chilling down the wort was about the only thing that went well during my 1st batch. Seemed to cool it down to the appropriate temperature fast. No complaints. I crack my first beer this week. Good luck
Wouldn't it be more efficient to run your wort thru the chiller(chiller placed in an ice bath) vs putting the chiller in your wort? More surface area, just makes more sense.
M I on Oct 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it would, but then you run into the issue of cleaning it. I suppose you could fill it up with a cleaner like PBW or Oxi-Free after you finish, but I would always be worried about anything that's left inside after a rinse. Unless you had a gravity set-up to start a siphon you would also need a pump to get the wort flowing through, which would be another piece of gear to buy.
I just used this on a 5.5 gallon batch of wort and it took me over two hours to get under 80 degrees. What is the secret to using this? I live in South Florida and brew in my garage during the afternoon. Since its hot outside is that the issue? I run the water from my hose outside. I got this to avoid doing ice baths but at this point I may have to revert back....?
E D on Jul 24, 2016

Thank you for your question. It sounds like the water you are running through the wort chiller is on the hotter end of things. This would be why it's taking so long. You could speed things up a bit by putting the ends in a bucket with ice water and a small submersible pump to push the ice water through the chiller.

Could this also be placed in my HLT and then be used re-circulate my mash through ?
John A on Mar 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It should fit. And with a little Gerry rigging you probably recirculate the wort with it , pushing the mash through might be tough.
How fast can I expect to chill 10 gallons of wort at 180 F with water at 50F running through the wort chiller?
S J on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The main factor is flow rate of the water. I try to dial it back after getting below 160 to save water. It would probably take at least 25 minutes to chill that much wort to a working temp...let alone pitching temp. That could take a long time. Anything above 5 gallons we recommend extra large immersion chillers or a counter flow.
Rather than run through a hose or faucet, Seems it would be easy to use a small pump, set in an bucket or sink of iced water. This would return the chiller water to the ice and minimize water waste. Here in southern California, that matters. Also, the water would be much colder than tap water. Has anyone tried this method? Any problems? Success?
X B on Feb 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That can certainly be done. With a pump and reservoir, you could re-circulate cold water through a chiller in your brewpot. At some point, you may need to add ice, or slow the flow, but it is a workable solution. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I used the silver serpent for the 1st time this weekend with chill characteristics similar to many if the postive posts. My question is whether stirring the wort during cooling reduces settling of the trub? I expected a solid sedimentation because I also used a whirl flock tab for the 1st time but actually had quite a bit of suspended true when I poured off.
H O on Feb 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have never tried stirring the wort during cooling. I let the silver serpent work its magic, or left the wort in boil kettle and ice cooled it in a sink... If you are talking about trub, it usually occurs from primary fermentation which hasn't begun until you add yeast to your wort. Adding the wort to your fermenter, you want there to be a lot of foam because you want the wort to be oxidized and at the right temperature before you add your yeast, so more "trub" is actually a good thing.
What is the length of the vinyl tubing, in particular the tube used for outflow?
J O on Jan 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This chiller uses 6 feet of vinyl tubing on the inlet and outlet tubes.
Will the Silver Serpent immersion wort chiller fit in an 8 gallon MegaPot 1.2 fitted with a thermometer and ball valve?
MARK M on Dec 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the chiller will work in the 8 gallon Megapot 1.2 with ball valve and thermometer.
What is the size of the threads on the hose barb that screws into the fittings on the ends of the tubing and are they NPT?
S L on Dec 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Pretty sure it's garden hose thread.(GHT) which is 3/4" diameter straight (non tapered). To work with npt you'd need to grab an adapter for hose to pipe thread. Easy find . Should work on a standard slop sink, or get an adapter for your kitchen sink and you can always use your hose bib outside if you brew in the garage.
Looking to purchase an immersion chiller. What are the pros/cons of stainless steel vs. copper? Appreciate any help.
Peter M on Nov 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Great question! Stainless is easier to clean and will not wear as quickly as copper. Copper has a better heat transfer coefficient so technically should cool quicker. My experience has been nearly identical as far as their cooling speed and have always preferred stainless because of its ease of cleaning. Cheers! James J
What is the OD of the stainless tubing?
M A on Oct 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The stainless coil is 3/8" outside diameter.
My kettle is taller than 16.5". Can the chiller hang with its two bends on the side of the kettle or is it too heavy for that?
A D on Oct 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The chiller is quite light

so it should hang on the side of your kettle with no problem. If you have any other questions or concerns just let us know. -Tyler
Used this for the first time today. I expected the out hose to pour warm water but it was still pretty darn cold. Also took 30+ min to get 5 gallons down to 80�F. Is this to be expected with stainless steel instead of copper?
B L on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: At full flow, the hose will come out cold. To use water more efficiently, try slowing down the flow rate until the water comes out luke warm. This will go as quick but use less water. Stir the wort to quicken the chilling. Copper is more efficient at cooling. Cheers.
Is this high enough to fit a Tall Boy 10 Gallon Kettle? I just ordered a different brand one from Amazon, and it was way too short. I need to know if this one will extend above the kettle before buying.
K A on Feb 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The unit is 16 inches tall at the bend - so it might fit your kettle. Usually it does not need to go over the top of the kettle. Cheers!
What is the total height of the unit (to ensure the entry/exit spouts clear the top of my kettle)?

R A on Sep 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The total height is roughly 16.5".
This product doesn't specify anywhere the length of tubing like the copper ones. Is this 25' or 50'? 1/2" or 3/8" diameter?
Brett G on Sep 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Silver Serpent has 25 ft. of 3/8" ID stainless steel tubing.
Where I live, the tap water is not exactly chilled and runs about 70 degrees this time of year. What would happen if instead of immersing this in the wort I immersed it in a tub of ice water and salt and ran the wort thru it? Could that chill things a bit faster?
Jim L on Aug 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: While that may work, many folks have good luck running their chilling water through an ice bath before it goes through the chiller. The narrow tubing of this chiller would not be ideal for wort transfer and it would be hard to clean afterwards. Another option is to actually recirculate the ice water through the chiller using a pond pump.

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