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Word to the wise - check your hose clamps every time!

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by yesmar, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Just finished brewing a nice american pale, but had a leaky hose clamp on my wort chiller. Diluted my wort by 10 points. What was going to be a big APA, is now a session APA.

    Worse things could happen I suppose. Check those hose clamps!
    ditch and BedetheVenerable like this.
  2. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    I'd also recommend that you bend your ends down over the lip of the kettle if you can. You can also wrap the connections with dish towels to prevent spray. Hair clips from the wife come in handy for clamping them in place.
  3. Gritsak

    Gritsak Savant (395) West Virginia Jan 22, 2004

    This is why i spent a little extra money to buy and solder garden hose fittings on my chiller.
  4. Ilanko

    Ilanko Savant (255) New York Aug 3, 2012

    Back in the days of one gallon batches I had drowned the hot wort in to ice bath under running water, end up toss it all into the sink.
    Now days on 5-6 gallon batches I use ice instead of wort chiller
  5. ditch

    ditch Savant (260) Virginia Aug 3, 2009

    Good advise! Loose hose clamps or lack there of can ruin a brewday. I had the line from my kettle to my chiller come loose while I was away for 1 minute cleaning something. Lost about 1.5 gallons of hot wort to the garage floor. =\