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Old 10-29-2012, 12:22 AM   #1
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Default How many batches before you bought a wort chiller?

I've brewed 6 batches or so, and am hoping to brew a few more before the end of the year. Chilling has been a big problem for me, but I've not bought a wort chiller because of funds and because my kitchen faucet is a bit weird. How long did it take most folks before they bit the bullet and bought a chiller?

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Old 10-29-2012, 12:29 AM   #2
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a couple of batches....i have a ribcage that drops the temp quick but I don't like it.... I want to make a counterflow.

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1 or 2 I basically built a Jamil Immersion chiller but did not add the pump until recently (after about 20 batches)

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I bought mine the same time I bought my starter kit and 5 gallon kettle.

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Zero. Bought it with my first starter kit. I don't even like waiting for ice baths with starter wort. Hmmm...I wonder if anyone makes a tiny little immersion chiller.

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:18 AM   #6
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Zero. Bought it with my first starter kit. I don't even like waiting for ice baths with starter wort. Hmmm...I wonder if anyone makes a tiny little immersion chiller.
hmmmmm sounds like a project
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I have a 50 foot 1/2" immersion chiller. When my tap water is cool (like now), I run tap water for maybe 5 minutes then switch to ice water with a pump. Once the output from the chiller becomes cooler that tap water, I recirculate the ice water instead of using it 'one-shot'. It takes maybe 15 minutes to cool a 5-gal batch down to pitching temps.

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:33 AM   #8
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0. I bought one off of ebay while I was waiting for my first kit to be shipped.

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Counter flow wort chiller is the way to go. I build a 50 ft counter flow wort chiller and I'm able to take 10 gallons of wort from 212 F to 60 F in 10 minutes. I used the DYI section and YouTube in order to build the device. Best way to cool wort I've found to date.

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0.. one of the best things you will ever buy

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