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Old 05-11-2006, 09:24 PM   #1
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So after a year of partial mash brewing I am finally upgrading. The guy I am buying the equipment from is selling the immersion and the counter flow for 60 each. Wondering which would be the better deal.

Is the counter flow more efficent? Are they harder to clean?

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Old 05-11-2006, 09:28 PM   #2
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I would go for the counterflow. Immersion chillers are dead easy to build and for way less than $60. Counterflows are a little more involved to build and will probably run around that in materials (guessing).

I'm pondering building a CFC this weekend, but haven't used one before so can't comment on how easy they are or aren't to clean, but most people seem to manage okay. They are much more efficient at cooling than an immersion and are a good way to knock some minutes off your brewday.

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Old 05-11-2006, 10:50 PM   #3
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I would go for the counterflow. Immersion chillers are dead easy to build and for way less than $60. .
Even if you wanted to buy one already made... stores are selling Immersion chillers for like $30 to at most $40.
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Old 05-11-2006, 10:52 PM   #4
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Counterflows can be a real pain to clean. Is this home-made or commercial items made of SS? If it is SS, you can use some really nasty stuff for cleaning.

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I disgree on the pain in the ass to clean statement concerning counterflow chillers. I use one and in fact went right from the stick it in ice water to a counterflow method and haven't looked back.
I rinse mine with HOT water right after use and then befoe use also and then I sanitize with Iodine solution. I have made many brews and not had any off flavors or infections to date. Oh and this thing is quick to cool, it cools as fast as I can run the wort through it.

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I agree on the CFC, dead simple to use and super efficient. I'm currently putting a little how-to together on how to build one with no soldering involved, unlike the BYO version.

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Yeah, I'd be interested in some good plans for one. I would really like to have a CFC. Also a new grain mill, bigger kettle, and bigger mash tun.

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personally i've used nothing other than an imersion chiller - 50' of 5/8" copper. it fits the bill nicely - cools down 15 gallons of wort in around 10 minutes - and clean up is a dip back into the star san solution i make every brew day in the sink - and hang on the wall upside down to drain. it's prob paranoia - but i've heard other more experienced brewers comment that they can't inside the cfc and therefore how does one really know it's clean. i feel the same way which is why i haven't investigated one.

then again how could you not love the manly nature of the mega chiller:

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15 gallons in 10minutes? From boiling? Woah.. Takes me about 20 minutes to do 5 gallons with an immersion.

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