11341Length of tubing in the condenser coil
- Jun 23 5:09 PMHi guys,
I've appreciated reading all the info that you've places about
here, it's been good reading, however I'm just after a bit of quick
info, sorry if this has been asked before.
I've been doing the rounds and reading as much as I can and
searching over the archives, however I'd like a few opinions on the
length of 1/4" copper tubing I'd need in my condenser. So far I
haven't been able to gauge how long a length of 1/4" pipe to buy. As
you know a coil (especially a double coil) takes up a deceptive
amount of tubing so I'm looking for some comments as to the length
of tubing to buy as I don't want to come up short with insufficient
I have collected all the parts to build a NS offset head still,
using 2" of copper pipe in the column (1m) and condenser (whatever
length I like as I haven't cut the pipe yet). My still will be
powered by two elements, a 2400W and 2200W internal immersion
element, one will be turned off after heat up (from what I can tell
2200W is still quite a lot of power for running the still). The
boiler is a 50L keg and is actually the hot liquor tank from my all
grain brewery that I'm hoping can serve a dual purpose. If not I'll
build a dedicated boiler with a more suitable power level.
So what sort of length of 1/4" tubing can you estimate that I'd need
to coil into a one or double coil condenser? I'm aware of the fact
that the 2200W element means more cooling power required but as to
the length of tubing to buy I have no idea. 3m, 5m, 7m??
I'd appreciate any help on this. One more thing too, how grotty does
the boiler become after a run? As I've never boiled a mash in it I'm
unsure as to how dirty is all becomes because I don't want to taint
the water in my HLT when I'm brewing beer.
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.
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