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Old 04-01-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I have finished my fifth extract brew and am planning to get more involved. For my next stage, I would like to start doing full boils. For this I am planning on getting a nice burner (like the "Hurricane" at Northern Brewer), a 10 gallon kettle (5 gallon batches still, so I don't have to worry about boil overs), and a wort chiller. This will also be an intermediate step for me to get into all grain soon. The first two items seem to be straightforward, but I get confused by all of the options available for a wort chiller. Can anyone give me an idea what type of chiller would be best for my application?

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Old 04-01-2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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A 25' immersion chiller is simple, super easy to clean and very effective for a 5 gallon batch. It is also likely the cheapest. That would be my recommendation.

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Old 04-01-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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Another vote for immersion. Counterflow chillers certainly work better, but keeping them clean can be a pain and they are more expensive.

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Old 04-01-2008, 05:11 PM   #4
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Go to coppertubingsales.com and buy a 50' roll of refrigeration tubing and split it with a friend.

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Another plus for an IC is that you can leave the cold break in the boil kettle rather than transfer it to the fermenter which you will do with a CFC.

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Immersion chiller, 25 foot 3/8 inch. Cheapest and easy to keep clean. The CFC is quicker, but how much extra cold break do you really get with it? I use an immersion chiller and have very clear beer, no chill haze.

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CFC produces a crap load of cold break because it's going from boiling to 70F in less than a minute. I don't find any issue with having cold break in the fermenter.

I still think an IC is ideal for 5 gallon batches though. I've been brewing 11-12gallons and appreciate the CFC.

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Awesome, immersion cooler it is then. Thanks, guys!

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I would have to vote CF, I appreciate the ease of the IM but, I just built myself a CFC based on the CFC tutorial on this site, so I am biased. I can't wait to use it.

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As a newbie, what is a cold break?

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