HBT 2015 Big Giveaway - Enter Now

Huge Supporting Membership Discounts - 20% Off

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Chillers and Stir Plates > Counterflow staineless steel
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-13-2015, 04:26 AM   #1
theQ
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 76

Default Counterflow staineless steel

I am trying to tap into your knowledge of the knowledgeable ones, that being you!

I am looking for a counterflow chiller made out of stainless steel. Any recommendation where to find one that's good and is not going to ruin my household budget ?

__________________
theQ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 04:42 AM   #2
doug293cz
BIABer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Renton, WA
Posts: 867
Liked 195 Times on 155 Posts
Likes Given: 116

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theQ View Post
I am trying to tap into your knowledge of the knowledgeable ones, that being you!

I am looking for a counterflow chiller made out of stainless steel. Any recommendation where to find one that's good and is not going to ruin my household budget ?

  1. Stainless steel
  2. Good quality
  3. Inexpensive
You may pick any two, but only two! Every one I found with a quick Google search was about $200 +/-.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Brew on
__________________
doug293cz is offline
jbaysurfer Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
LandoLincoln
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LandoLincoln's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Joliet, IL
Posts: 2,588
Liked 795 Times on 448 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theQ View Post
I am trying to tap into your knowledge of the knowledgeable ones, that being you!

I am looking for a counterflow chiller made out of stainless steel. Any recommendation where to find one that's good and is not going to ruin my household budget ?

No, there are no good ones designed for homebrewers on the market. There's only one made out of stainless steel currently on the market and that one is (I believe) a 12' coil and it's woefully inadequate due to the short coil length. I would not recommend purchasing it.
__________________
www.jolietbrewersguild.org
LandoLincoln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 05:00 PM   #4
vincentAlpha
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: St. John\'s, Newfoundland
Posts: 183
Liked 15 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

Reasons for stainless vs copper? You'd have better luck building/buying a copper CF chiller than stainless. I know my CF chiller changed how cooling my brew went.

__________________

Brew 1: Costco Barolo on french oak, Brew 2: Citra 2-Row SMaSH, Brew 3:
Tap 1: Weavel Stout; Tap 2: Edwort's Apfelwein; Tap 3: Centennial Blonde

vincentAlpha is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 05:11 PM   #5
Ki-ri-n
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ki-ri-n's Avatar
Brew Setups
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Richfield, WI
Posts: 412
Liked 52 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 27

Default

I made one following Tiber_brew's post. My post here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f255/counterflow-wort-chiller-build-use-182236/index29.html#post6731808

Al I did was replace to copper coil with SS and used the soldering SS thread to solder the copper fittings to the SS. Using SS probably added $40-$50 to the cost vs all copper.

I have yet to use it though. Still need to brew to give any kind of feedback on performance.

__________________
Ki-ri-n is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 07:56 PM   #6
DMosPickles
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 20
Likes Given: 2

Default

why use stainless? It's got less than half the thermal conductivity of copper. You'll blow through twice the cooling water for the same thermal cooling. Copper is as sanitary as stainless, too.

__________________
DMosPickles is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 07:57 PM   #7
theQ
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 76

Default

Ok...

I found one, $200 from CHINA, looks ok, can't vouch for it, anyone ?
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Stain...553652140.html

While I know cooper is better at conducting heat I do want it from stainless

1. it's way more durable. I could cook it in the oven so it can burn all built bio mass
2. won't ever corrode
3. it's not toxic. I don't care what some say, cooper oxide is toxic.(the green stuff)

I want to use it as a HERMS to indirectly hear various tanks/wort/water so this is not to chill the wort only - the plan is way bigger

The Man with the big plan here

__________________
theQ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 08:02 PM   #8
LandoLincoln
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LandoLincoln's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Joliet, IL
Posts: 2,588
Liked 795 Times on 448 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theQ View Post
Ok...

I found one, $200 from CHINA, looks ok, can't vouch for it, anyone ?
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Stain...553652140.html

While I know cooper is better at conducting heat I do want it from stainless

1. it's way more durable. I could cook it in the oven so it can burn all built bio mass
2. won't ever corrode
3. it's not toxic. I don't care what some say, cooper oxide is toxic.(the green stuff)

I want to use it as a HERMS to indirectly hear various tanks/wort/water so this is not to chill the wort only - the plan is way bigger

The Man with the big plan here
Yeah, that's the 12' coil I was talking about. That length just doesn't cut it for homebrewing purposes. And it would be even worse for HERMS coil use.
__________________
www.jolietbrewersguild.org
LandoLincoln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-13-2015, 08:42 PM   #9
theQ
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 76

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LandoLincoln View Post
Yeah, that's the 12' coil I was talking about. That length just doesn't cut it for homebrewing purposes. And it would be even worse for HERMS coil use.
Ok so would there be even a copper option ?
__________________
theQ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2015, 05:32 AM   #10
Rivenin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 2,778
Liked 201 Times on 161 Posts
Likes Given: 159

Default

williams brewing has one for 200, it's a short guy as well, the convoluted ones do quite well from what i've seen. But i don't think they sell the convoluted ones in SS

__________________
RAINYDAY BREWING AND WINERY Sherwood, OR - EST 2010
Primary Galaxy IPA
Kegged Winterwarmer aged with rum - Rye Stout with Licorice root - Cherry Cider
Coming up
Electric 120v Brutus 20
Rivenin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Convoluted Counterflow Stainless Steel 99$ poptarts Equipment/Sanitation 48 07-23-2014 02:39 AM
Turns out carbon steel is different from stainless steel: a cautionary tale choosybeggar Fermentation & Yeast 29 05-27-2014 10:41 PM
Wyoming Convoluted Stainless Steel Counterflow Chiller poptarts For Sale 20 03-15-2014 04:58 PM
WTB Stainless steel mesh and/or stainless steel wire TheCubbyHole Want to Buy 14 08-19-2013 08:36 PM
Mild Steel vs Stainless Steel Steampunk Brew Stands 16 01-06-2012 09:55 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS