Something I really didn’t need when doing Festa Brew kits or even extract kits was a wort chiller. However, when doing all grain or partial mash recipes, the wort chiller is much more efficient than an ice bath for cooling the wort down quickly. A simple immersion chiller is all I need, but check out other styles here.
There are dozens of sites out there for chillers and I am not going to claim mine is any better than anyone else’s, but it is functional for my needs.
- 25′ – 3/8″ Inside Diameter Copper Tubing (Rona)
- 2 – Compression Adapters, 1/2″OD x 3/8″ OD (Watts A-230, Rona)
- 2 – Hose Barb Adapters, 3/8″ barb x 3/8″ MIP (Watts A-294, Rona)
- 1 – Female hose adapter x 3/8″ barb (Rona)
- 4 – hose clamps (Rona)
- 1 – 3/8″ spring style tubing bender (Princess Auto or Home Depot)
- 10′ vinyl tubing, cut into two 5′ lengths (Rona)
The guy in the plumbing department at Rona in Bayer’s Lake was really helpful when trying to find all the parts – he’s a Festa Brew brewer and said I wasn’t the first to come in over the past few weeks to get the parts for a wort chiller.
Put it All Together
Start by making a large diameter coil from the copper tubing. Make the coil small enough to fit in your boil pot. The best way to form the coil is to wrap the tubing around a large coffee can, bottom of a corney keg, or other large cylinder. We used a plastic bucket. Take care not to kink the tubing.
Leave both ends of the copper tubing sticking up above the height of your brew pot, and bend them 90 degrees so they extend horizontally over the edges. Use the spring bender to form the tubing. You don’t want to kink anything at this point. Attach the compression adapters to each end of the tubing and screw in the hose barb adapters. Clamp a 5′ piece of tubing to each fittings to the garden hose adapter. On the end of the vinyl tubing attached to the top of the coil, clamp on the female hose adapter. Attach to a faucet or garden hose and run water through it to check for leaks. You don’t want anything to leak into your wort.
That’s it – less than a half hour work for a simple immersion chiller.