I'm about to make my first batch of beer pretty soon. I went to my local brew supply shop and bought the basic equipment and two recipe kits (a belgian they call blond ambition and a cascade ipa).
They had a wort chiller for 90 bucks and I hesitated to buy it that day because they told me I didn't necessarily need it. They suggested that I chill my wort by freezing half the water of the 5 gallon batch and only boiling the remaining water with the wort then dumping the block of ice in the wort to make the 5 gallon batch and chilling it at the same time.
So I ask you is this a good method for those without wort chillers or is their a better one out there? If the wort chiller is the superior choice then I have no problem making the investment as I am all in on this.
Thanks for the advice!