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Old 02-09-2006, 05:25 PM   #1
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... I'm finally getting an immersion chiller.

A lot of people here know I am a cheap-skate and a minimalist, and a wort chiller is something I have never desired to own. I've always used an ice bath, cold bottled water, and frozen bottled water for cooling my partial boil.

However, my cousin got me a $40 gift certificate from a homebrew supply store in MO for Christmas, and I had to use it for SOMETHING, so I ordered a small scale and copper chiller last night.

I considered getting some hops or grain from them, but their prices are higher than the local shop, so it wasn't worth it. The chiller was the same price, so that's what I ordered.

Time will tell if I like it or shelve it.

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Old 02-09-2006, 05:27 PM   #2
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I did my first couple batches with the sink/ice bath and then made an immersion chiller. I will NEVER go back.

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Old 02-09-2006, 05:33 PM   #3
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that's exactly the kind of thing I want to avoid, because if the thing eventuially breaks or something like that, I don't want to feel that it is ESSENTIAL to buy another one. I was quite happy cooling my wort poor-man's style, but this might spoil me I fear.

Other things that have spoiled me and I can't go back to what I used to use:
good beer
good tequila
good coffee
high speed internet
real maple syrup
high thread count sheets

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Old 02-09-2006, 05:37 PM   #4
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Yeah, it is kind of like being a slave to technology. However, having done ice baths before successfully, I know that I could go to the store and back in a couple minutes and cool the wort in case something happened to the chiller.

Agreed on your other points, too, though the sheets thing is SWMBOs dept. I know that it makes a diff, just not sure what it is. I sleep like the dead anyway, so the sheets could be burlap for all I know.

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Old 02-09-2006, 05:38 PM   #5
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I sleep like the dead anyway, so the sheets could be burlap for all I know.
I'm a very light sleeper. I'll wake up if one of the neighbors sneezes in their kitchen.

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Old 02-09-2006, 05:58 PM   #6
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I'm a Flannel Man myself.

I took advantage of the warmer weather yesterday and aired to house out. Forgot to turn the heat back on. It was 28F outside and 59F inside when I woke up at 5:30. Best night's sleep I've have in weeks, maybe I'm on to something.

Keep the chiller clean. Any copper oxides, not just the green & black stuff dissolves in wort.

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Ditto. I like flannel sheets year round. My wife keeps trying to talk me into regular sheets during the warm months, but I'd rather turn the AC on a little more and stick with the flannel. They're just too comfy and I'm a light sleeper, too. My three year old breaks wind down the hall and I'm up.

Walker... isn't a chiller a one-hit-wonder? What would Alton say?
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Ditto. I like flannel sheets year round. My wife keeps trying to talk me into regular sheets during the warm months, but I'd rather turn the AC on a little more and stick with the flannel. They're just too comfy and I'm a light sleeper, too. My three year old breaks wind down the hall and I'm up.

Walker... isn't a chiller a one-hit-wonder? What would Alton say?
yes, it's a one-hit-wonder, and alton would tell me to use store bought ice to cool my wort (he *did* do a show on brewing and suggested exactly that.)

But, like I said... I pretty much have all the gear I need already. I spent about 2 hours on their online catalog trying to decide what to spend my $40 on.

I could have spent it on ingredients, but they were too high priced.
I could have bought another fermenter, but I don't need one.
I could have bought an auto-siphon, but that gets me nowhere (hooray, carboy caps).

I settled on the chiller because it could at least become essential in the future if I ever go AG. I wouldn't want to chill 6 gallons of wort in an ice bath.....

believe me... it was a VERY tough decision. I just kept thinking to myself, "Why can't these guys sell vacuum sealers, damnit!"


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Old 02-09-2006, 08:37 PM   #10
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