So i just won my ebay auction for a 50ft roll of 3/8 ID soft copper (winning bid: $18.25, SWEET!). I am planning on building an immersion chiller, and had a question.
Would it be more efficient if:
1. I used the full 50 feet for the chiller
2. I used say 25 feet for the chiller and made a prechiller with the other 25 feet?
I currently only do 5 gallon batches, and don't anticipate ever doing 10. I like to brew too often and too many different styles, so i like to keep the batch size down. I have a 34qt brewpot that is about 13 in. high x 16 in. deep. I'm curios to know what would be more efficient. I also brew indoors so my water is coming from the faucet, so the water isn't as cold as it would be if i could hook it up to an outdoor hose (i live in an apartment). What say ye wise DIY'ers?