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Old 11-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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i bought a SS immersion chiller and it's driving me nuts. dragging around long garden hoses is a pain. and i brew smaller batches so it's never fully submerged in boiling wort so i always worry about infection with it. i am getting a plate chiller. my original plan was to put the immersion chiller up for sale here, but i only paid $60 new for it, so i wouldn't be getting a ton of $$ back obviously. i was wondering if it would make more sense to just toss it into a 10 gal. bucket, fill it with ice and use it to prechill water into the plate chiller? would never have to worry about cleaning it, leaks, etc. would this make an appreciable difference?

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Old 11-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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If you used a plate chiller, wouldn't you still need a hose? Using it as a prechiller would deff work well. But if you are worried about using the ic in the wort amd infection. I run my ic through a dishwasher sanitation cyclye ad well ad boil it in the wert.

What size and how long is your ic? How did you only pay 60 bills for ss? If you are in mass, and still want to sell. Let me know!

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yeah, i would still need a hose. but i was thinking about just going with QD camlocks and reconfiguring my hose set up to shorter hoses (i got way longer hoses than needed). i could do this with the immersion chiller also, but i worry that the QD hose connects might leak some. at least if the plate chiller leaks it's away from my wort. and i just find the whole thing big and clunky.

i think most places have an entry level SS chiller around that price. this is mine:

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Efficien...2F+GH+Fittings

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btw that dishwasher idea is pretty clever.

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Everyrhing I use gets a run in there. Ecen me somenights after work. Lol

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