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Old 08-11-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I am finally looking at ordering a wort chiller so I no longer need to make an I've bath to cool my wort. I am a small time home brewer at the moment working with a 16 qt pot. The width on my pot is 12 1/2". Should I order the smaller 8" wort chiller or the 10" for my size pot? Also, pros and cons on stainless steel vs copper?

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Old 08-11-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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The bigger the chiller and wider the tubing the quicker it cools. I made mine myself out of copper and it works great but in my opinion I'd go with stainless. I like stainless better for equipment if you can find and afford it. Just my 2 cents though. What I will recommend though is to get the pop locks for it so you don't have to screw/unscrew any hoses. They just plug in and unplug. I've found them to be very inexpensive and incredibly helpful, one small brewing investment I'm glad I made.

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Old 08-11-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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Awesome. I appreciate the advice. I will be ordering my wort chiller soon. The website I am ordering from sells the stainless steel models cheaper than the copper. I think I will definitely be going to stainless route.

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:32 PM   #4
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I'm assuming your ordering from nybrewsupply they are the cheapest I've seen. Stainless vs copper, to me very little difference, but copper is supposed to conduct heat quicker, but stainless would take more abuse.

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Good to know about the differences. I'm ordering the wort chiller from Midwest supplies because I have a gift card.

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Just a thought. I am one of the least technically apt people in the world, and I made a nice looking, fully functional wort chiller for pretty cheap. There are great videos out there to show you how. But good luck either way!

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You might also take a look at immersion versus plate chillers. Duda Diesel has a great product at a price which is competitive with immersion chillers. Lots of discussion here, just search the forums.

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Can anybody with experience using a stainless steel chiller give any info on whether the lower heat conductivity noticeably lengthens the time it takes to chill the wort?

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Can anybody with experience using a stainless steel chiller give any info on whether the lower heat conductivity noticeably lengthens the time it takes to chill the wort?
I have and use both, noticed no difference. I like the stainless better because, well, it's stainless. I'm actually selling a used one with a recirc tube connected to it
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Can anybody with experience using a stainless steel chiller give any info on whether the lower heat conductivity noticeably lengthens the time it takes to chill the wort?
I have both and for our purpose and at our scale the difference in heat conductivity doesn't mean squat.
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