- 1 - 5 gallon bucket
- 2 - small 5/8" SS clamps
- 10 ft. - 3/8" internal diameter clear PVC tubing (10 feet works good, but you can go with less as well)
- 20 ft. - 3/8" soft copper refrigeration coiled pipe
- 5.5 oz. Kwik seal kitchen & bath adhesive caulk
- 3/8" drill bit with hand drill to use it with.
- First, you want to take the 5 gallon bucket and drill two 3/8" holes in it. The first hole should be on the side of the bucket and near the bottom. The second hole should be on the opposite side and near the top.
- Take the copper coil out of its box and uncoil it into a rough cylinder so that it will fit inside the bucket. Bend one end towards the hole you drilled in the top of the bucket and the other towards the hole in the bottom.
- With the copper piping through your drilled holes, take the caulk and create a seal between the bucket and the pipe so as to prevent water from leaking through.
- Allow for the caulk to dry and cure for 24 hours.
- Split the clear PVC tubing into two pieces of equal lengths.
- Slide the clear PVC tubing onto the copper pipe ends, one at the top and one at the bottom. slide on approximately 1" then use the SS clamps to create a seal where the copper and the PVC piping meet.
|The two holes and their|
|The copper coil and|
how it looks
|The over-all finished look!|
There are some extras that you need to do in order to work this system, but as that is on a brew to brew basis, you should just keep this in mind. Fill the bucket with a 10 lb. bag of ice, and then top it off with some water. When you begin to siphon the wort through, make sure to stir the ice bath in the direction opposite that the wort is flowing. As I stated in my post about the differences between the immersion and counter-flow coolers, the counter-flow's magic begins to work when the running water is moving, so in order to make this system function, remember to keep stirring as the wort flow through.