Originally Posted by Walker
Wow. 42lbs of ice for chilling is crazy.
I know! The reason I wanted the system to begin with was to save my back! I wanted a pump, and no lifting/pouring. Of course, I wanted all-electric too for indoor brewing.
The person I bought the rig from was a proponent of no-chill, if you remember! Probably because it took 42 pounds of ice in the HLT to properly chill the wort. He told me he did it before he went no-chill.
Buying/carrying/storing/lifting 42 pounds of ice wasn't an option so I added the CFC- I bought it from the "classifieds" here pretty inexpensively, about $50 or so I believe. It works great- but our tap water is about 45 degrees.