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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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  • 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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Product description/dimensions
I'm sure this will work fine once I get it adapted to what I want.It seems there is confusion about the description of this item regarding actual dimensions. I finally purchased this chiller, taking a "leap of faith" that I could adapt it. I wanted to put male Camlock quick disconnect fittings on it, so was looking for 1/2" male NPT to put on the chiller.1. Overall height 16.5" (previously described in the question section)2. Outside Diameter of coil - 9 3/8"3. Stainless steel tubing OD - 0.375"4. Stainless steel tubing ID - 0.325"5. Vinyl tubing ID - roughly 0.380"6. Vinyl tubing OD - roughly 0.611"Fittings:2 - 3/8" flare to 3/8" hose barb1 - 3/8" hose barb to garden hose
January 2, 2016
great option for wort chilling
Short-short version: I did ice baths for the first year of homebrewing, and I *really* wish someone had told me to get something like this. This chiller typically brings boiling wort down to about 70ºF in 20-25 minutes (about half the time that an ice bath would bring wort down to approx. 80ºF). Pro tip: keep a couple bags of ice on hand to place on top of the cold water inlet tubing to help cool it down even more. Bonus: because the chiller is stainless steel, there's basically no chance that it will oxidize the way that many copper models can (and eventually, given enough time, will). Also, as everyone else says, the angled inlet/outlets are very nice for keeping drippage out of the wort. My one nit-picky complaint is that the little rubber gasket keeps falling out of the fitting.
November 6, 2015
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Thanks for the review!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Great Chiller!
Cant go wrong with this one! - Works flawlessly, and the latest tweaks make this ready-to-go right out of the box! Cooling times are right in line with what I have experienced with copper chillers in the past, and I just like the idea of stainless over copper to avoid long-term corrosion issues.
April 6, 2015
Awesome Chiller
Bought the stainless chiller so I didn't have to worry about oxidation of the copper. It does a great job on my full (6.5) gallon boils. With tap water (50degF) it cooled my wort from boiling to 68 degF in under 15 minutes. I was actively stirring the wort with the chiller to increase the chilling effect.Bought the stainless chiller so I didn't have to worry about oxidation of the copper. It does a great job on my full (6.5) gallon boils. With tap water (50degF) it cooled my wort from boiling to 68 degF in under 15 minutes. I was actively stirring the wort with the chiller to increase the chilling effect.One thing I would change is to make the uprights slightly different lengths so that after the shipping zip-ties are all removed, you can spread the coils apart a bit so they are not touching each other (increases chilling speed). The way it is now, after spreading the coils, the bends no longer line up and are separated.
November 12, 2015
Got the 5 gallon wort chilled quickly with in 25-30 minutes.
July 27, 2016
This thing is the bomb, and well worth the $$. I live in Michigan and thought snow and ice would do the job but it was taking up to two hours. I used a brew bucket, bag of ice about 4 gal. of water hooked the silver serpent up let it flow via gravity and had my discharge line in a cooler, stirred the wort and was at a pitching temp in 20 min. Easy to use placed it in the wort for the last ten min. of the boil after disconnecting the lines. When the fire went out I reconnected the lines opened the valve and 20min. later was done. Thanks for the excellent product
February 24, 2017
8 months ago
Silver Serpent SS Immersion Chiiler
Homebrew newbie here. The Silver Serpent is my first immersion chiller, so I can't directly compare it to copper. Purchased a pond pump at Lowe's based on calculating necessary head pressure from info provided in this article at byo.com: http://byo.com/color/item/377-build-a-recirculating-wort-chiller-projects I'm filling a cooler up with water and reusable ice packs and then recirculating cooling water using the pond pump. I haven't timed things, but wort temperatures comes down very, very fast. So far I've brewed a Vandal EyesPA batch and a partial mash session ale recipe that I made up myself. VERY happy with my purchase!!! Thank you, Northern Brewer!!!
March 25, 2016
Great addition for making brew day easier
This worked great. Brought my cooling time down to 30 minutes or so. One thing to note: if you have a faucet from Ikea, you will have a hard time finding an adapter for the hose fitting. My solution was a fountain pump in a 5 gallon bucket, worked great.
February 20, 2017
9 months ago
Very Efficient!
Despite the fact that the coldest the water runs from my faucet is at around 75F, using this chiller I was able to drop the wort temperature down to around 80F in less than 15 min. Using an ice bath usually takes three times as long. Great product, only regret is that I waited so long to buy it!
November 27, 2015
Good but more info needed
Works great....after a trip to hardware store. Assumed it would hook up to sink faucet without any adaptors. Other than that, works great! Much faster and safer than ice bath. Would recommend
September 27, 2016
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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?
Eric S 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!
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
BEST ANSWER: Yes that is definitely your issue. The wort can't get cooler than the water on your heat exchanger. It's way way quicker (under 30min with constant stirring) if it's colder out. You might be able to put ice packs around your hose? Two hours is still way quicker than an ice bath. Maybe you could run your hose through a couple of big ice buckets? I brew in the north east and we don't have this problem haha. I hope this helps. Good luck!
Do you need additional
sink adapter?
A shopper on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the sink. The faucet for my deep sink in the basement fits the silver serpent hose connector perfectly. However, my kitchen faucet has much finer threads and therefore needed an adapter to use the chiller at that location. The chiller works great by the way.
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!
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
How many linear feet of stainless tubing is used to make this wort chiller? The one I have now (home made) just doesn't have enough coils in the wort to effectively extract the heat.
Chris S on Apr 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I really don't know the answer...I can say it is the best one that I've ever used.
Is the vinyl tubing high temperature tubing?
Joel K on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: i would say no but that hose is your cold water input and discharge and is not under pressure. The stainless coil is submerged into the hot liquid with cold water circulating through the coil. It works great too.
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.
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.
What's the connection size at the top? Instead of using the vinyl tubing connected to a hose I want to recirculate the water from a tank of ice water. The tubing is 3/8" but what about the threaded connection?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The thread size is that of a utility sink or an outdoor hose faucet, I apologize that I don't have a metric or inches measurement. However, I have known all utility sinks and garden hoses to be the same size, so maybe that is why the measurements are rarely posted. Basically, if you are using this indoors, you might want to get the faucet adapter. I bought the adapter and use this in a basin sink in my basement, works great!
What's a good water pump to use with this? I would like to make a large water ice bath to put my put in and then have a water pump that circulates the ice water (with rock salt) through this chiller. Do I buy a water pond pump from the garden store? Pay attention to the gallons per hour? Many thanks
James B on Jan 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We tried to do that for awhile. We used an old battery powered washer fluid pump out of a junk yard. It worked ok but you only gain a few minutes at best. Still better off hooking it up to a hose, even if you are on a well.
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.
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.
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.
Edward K 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?
Bruce B 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.
Nick K 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!
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.
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?
William 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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