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Old 02-06-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Over the years, I've used a few different types of chillers. Most recently I was using a 20 plate chiller, which worked fantastic, but there were things about it I didn't like. So, I sold it and decided to go back to a copper IC... and so began my search for the most badass product I could find. Via eBay, I landed on the website for JaDeD Brewing. They have more chiller designs than I thought existed, with many having been tested and compared. Some even have videos for proof, and they are convincing (see bottom of post)! The one I'm most interested in is the Hydra, which can reportedly chill 5 gallons of boiling wort to 67F in 3 minutes (using 58F groundwater, which I've got). I'm interested if anyone out there has used any of these neat looking products?

I'd also like to throw out there how rad their customer service is. I'm not even sure of real names, but the dude I've been emailing with is super responsive, clearly passionate, and incredibly informative. For example, in the years I used an IC, I never new that increased flow rate actually chilled the wort faster... I know, it's logical, but I'm dumb. Anyway, I certainly plan on purchasing from JaDeD Brewing, after which I'll do some tests and post a detailed review. At this point, I'm more than pleased with just their customer service.


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Old 02-06-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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Over the years, I've used a few different types of chillers. Most recently I was using a 20 plate chiller, which worked fantastic, but there were things about it I didn't like. So, I sold it and decided to go back to a copper IC... and so began my search for the most badass product I could find. Via eBay, I landed on the website for JaDeD Brewing. They have more chiller designs than I thought existed, with many having been tested and compared. Some even have videos for proof, and they are convincing (see bottom of post)! The one I'm most interested in is the Hydra, which can reportedly chill 5 gallons of boiling wort to 67F in 3 minutes (using 58F groundwater, which I've got). I'm interested if anyone out there has used any of these neat looking products?

I'd also like to throw out there how rad their customer service is. I'm not even sure of real names, but the dude I've been emailing with is super responsive, clearly passionate, and incredibly informative. For example, in the years I used an IC, I never new that increased flow rate actually chilled the wort faster... I know, it's logical, but I'm dumb. Anyway, I certainly plan on purchasing from JaDeD Brewing, after which I'll do some tests and post a detailed review. At this point, I'm more than pleased with just their customer service.

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You might be a shill but that is a cool website. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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You might be a shill but that is a cool website. Thanks for sharing.
Haha, except I only just found the website yesterday... and I'm asking for feedback from people who have actually tried them... and I spoke highly of customer service, not the product. Still, I see how you could've taken it that way. If I were a shill, I wouldn't have to pay as much for the chiller... I guess it'd be nice
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Im looking forward to hearing more about this.

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True that increasing the flow will speed up chilling but there is an optimal flow rate for best chilling. Too much flow and it becomes inefficient. You need to adjust the flow rate accordingly. I use a recirc system and run at about 260 GPH and go from 200 to 70 in about 15 min.

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Um, I think you'd get a similar result with any IC if you optimized your flow rate with a valve and shook it all around as they do in the video.

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Somewhat impressive but how long does it take to get the wort down to 68 degrees with 68 degree water? That would be the video I would like to see. My plate chiller can do it in about 5 minutes using about 20 to 25 gallons of water.

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Looks like what he did is impacted more from design than flow rate. With a IC of one piece I would imagine that the temp of the water inside the coil gets pretty damn hot by the last half of the run and therefore has less cooling power. Looks to me like he has 3 intertwined chillers going, each with a common input/output. probably keeps the internal water temp much lower, pretty genius and simple design.

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True that increasing the flow will speed up chilling but there is an optimal flow rate for best chilling. Too much flow and it becomes inefficient. You need to adjust the flow rate accordingly. I use a recirc system and run at about 260 GPH and go from 200 to 70 in about 15 min.
Are you using that Harbor Freight 26f GPH pond pump? $14 bucks and change...

Does it work well enough on 5 gal batches?

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