Originally Posted by newbrewr4fun
I am thinking I might be able to get the Keggle for Chirstmas but that leaves a wort chiller left on the list of things I need. I am trying to find out what is a good buy for 10 gallon batches. Is a counterflow required? Immersion chillers seem much easier to operate and I am a little worried about having to use a counterflow chiller. I am also going to need a large brew pot I suppose so suggestions on something economical there would be nice as well. I don't have the tools to convert a keg myself so I am thinking just a regular 13 gallon stock pot. Maybe I could save up and buy another converted keg down the road. The classic Bayou comes with a big enough pot for sparge water so I am good there. Oh, and what is the largest carboy I would need?
Immersion chillers are easy to build, and if you do it yourself, can be done fairly cheaply. A lot of people swear by counterflow chillers. There are threads on here on how to make them too. Another option would be to do a plate chiller. I saw some advertised on dudadiesel.com that looked pretty cheap. I think it's just a matter of preference.
As for the stockpot, you can go really cheap and get something aluminum. If you go with a 13 gallon stainless steel pot, you're probably close to paying what you would have paid for a keggle. I bought my 10g SS "economy" pot from Austin Home Brew. You can check them out to compare prices.
Are you doing 10 gallon batches yourself, or will you be splitting it with someone else (you mentioned your BIL)?