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Chillers, Immersion vs. Counterflow

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Chillers, Immersion vs. Counterflow

Postby jcassady » Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:13 am

OK, another question for the brew masters here. I'm looking into getting a chiller and want to know what you guys think is the best way to go. Currently I'm brewing 5 gal batches, but want to move up to 10 with-in a few monthes. Right now I have a 5 gal. kettle and boil about 3 gal.

Should I go with an immersion chiller which will cost me about $35, or I found a counterflow for $64. I priced the stuff I would need to DIY up an immersion and it was going to run about $25 just for 30' of 3/8 copper. So the DIY option looks like I won't be saving a whole lot...

Anyway, the question is, what is the best way to go here?
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I like the counterflow

Postby jayhawk » Sat Jan 03, 2004 7:36 pm

I have been using a counterflow for a while and highly recommend them. I have found they take less water, and they cool the beer down quicker and to a lower temp. Some people complain that they are hard to sanitize, but you just have to run sanitizer through it followed by hot pre-boiled water. You can DIY for counterflow chillers too. Just slide some copper tubing through a hose (garden, PVC etc), and find two T fittings and connectors. If you walk around a plumbing or hardware store long enough you will be able to figure out a way to get it done. I had to modify the fittings at home so they would allow the copper pipe to exit and ended up sealing the ends with silicone. That explanation is terrible, but it works like a charm.
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immersion man

Postby canman » Fri Jan 09, 2004 3:11 am

I am an immersion man myself. I believe it uses less water as I don't have to clean the inside at all. After use just rinse off and prior to use, toss in boil for last 15 min. I use 10-12 gallons of water to cool 10 gallons of wort to pitch temps. I do however have very cold well water.
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Postby Fernwood Fermentations » Wed Aug 04, 2004 2:49 pm

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Postby DreamWeaver » Wed Aug 04, 2004 8:45 pm

Four More Beers!... Four More Beers!... Four More Beers! ...
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Tough question

Postby KBrau » Wed Aug 04, 2004 10:11 pm

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Postby JSGilbert » Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:14 am

Cheers,

Jeremy

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,"
Hold a beer in the palm of your hand
And be glad it's happy hour.

Adapted from W. Blake "Auguries of Innocence"
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