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    Copper tubing for immersion chiller - Durbs


    Any ideas on where to buy this stuff? At my flipping wits end here.
    So far I have tried

    Homeaire - don't sell those to the public.
    Hirsch aircon - same thing
    Northside electrical - Have them shown on their website, but my local branch doesn't have stock and will only get again in 1-2 weeks. Also they only sell 15m long rolls of the stuff.
    A few of the smaller aircon places I have called also don't sell to the public

    I am hoping a fellow Durban brewer will have some sage advice on where I can find this ****ing tubing. About to give up one ever finding it myself.
    There once was a man from Nantucket.
    Who brewed his beer in a bucket.
    He put the wort into there,
    to cut down on the air.
    Then drank it all up like a muppet.

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    Hi

    I'm in JHB, not sure if you have a Leroy Merlin close by they have both normal cooper pipes and the soft coil type used with Aircon's

    https://leroymerlin.co.za/catalogsea...sult/?q=copper

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    Sadly Leroy Merlin is only in JHB.
    There once was a man from Nantucket.
    Who brewed his beer in a bucket.
    He put the wort into there,
    to cut down on the air.
    Then drank it all up like a muppet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FriedPiggy View Post
    Any ideas on where to buy this stuff? At my flipping wits end here.
    So far I have tried

    Homeaire - don't sell those to the public.
    Hirsch aircon - same thing
    Northside electrical - Have them shown on their website, but my local branch doesn't have stock and will only get again in 1-2 weeks. Also they only sell 15m long rolls of the stuff.
    A few of the smaller aircon places I have called also don't sell to the public

    I am hoping a fellow Durban brewer will have some sage advice on where I can find this ****ing tubing. About to give up one ever finding it myself.
    Go with that. Its going to take you a week of research and hunting around anyway. 15m is the typical length they come in, at LM as well.
    Cheers,
    Lang
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    "Dudddde...Hold my beer!".... ; "I wonder what will happen if I ...."

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    What Lang said.

    I bought a 15m one and made a ribcage chiller with it. works liek a charm.

    Just be careful if buying a pump for it, the pump needs to be powerful enough since there is a lot of resistance.
    I got a 620L/h pump and it barely does the job(i need to raise my coolerbox to my urn's level for a decent flow).

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    Try Metraclark in KZN : https://www.metraclark.co.za/south-african-branches/

    Bought mine at Cape Town branch years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FriedPiggy View Post
    Any ideas on where to buy this stuff? At my flipping wits end here.
    So far I have tried

    Homeaire - don't sell those to the public.
    Hirsch aircon - same thing
    Northside electrical - Have them shown on their website, but my local branch doesn't have stock and will only get again in 1-2 weeks. Also they only sell 15m long rolls of the stuff.
    A few of the smaller aircon places I have called also don't sell to the public

    I am hoping a fellow Durban brewer will have some sage advice on where I can find this ****ing tubing. About to give up one ever finding it myself.
    That's going to exactly how much you'll need
    The Problem With The World Is That Everyone Is A Few Drinks Behind.!


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    You could always - like I did, make an immersion chiller from 15mm hard drawn copper tubing. The come in 5.5m lengths. hard drawn copper is kind-off cumbersome to work with - difficult to bend, kinks easily and finished product looks crooked. Though once constructed they are solid and work well.
    Last edited by AlexBrew; 13th January 2021 at 20:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexBrew View Post
    You could always - like I did, make an immersion chiller from 15mm hard drawn copper tubing. The come in 5.5m lengths. hard drawn copper is kind-off cumbersome to work with - difficult to bend, kinks easily and finished product looks crooked. Though once constructed they are solid and work well.
    yes, you can do this by doing a square design: lots of cutting but if you use the new crimp connectors, no soldering needed

    https://www.builders.co.za/Plumbing/...00000000152114


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    I posted on this before .. My boet is a plumber and he's got a proper mobile pipe bender, so every cm or so you make a small bend in the pipe - until you're going round in coils, about 27cm dia. Laborious process.

    The day it was made:
    IMG-20200521-WA0007.jpg

    ..and then fitted hosepipe connectors:
    IMG-20200530-WA0047.jpg

    EDIT: Pipe bender
    pipe bender.jpg
    Last edited by AlexBrew; 14th January 2021 at 15:05.

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