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Old 01-21-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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I am looking into counterflow chillers and ran across this one (link below). It seems to be a bit more basic, but the price much better than others I have found. What are the advantages and disadvantages of one like this?

http://nybrewsupply.com/products/wor...ounterflow.php

 
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:27 AM   #2
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The primary disadvantage is the exterior hose which appears to be a hot water hose is not rated for boiling temps so recirculating boiling wort to sanitize would be operating outside of the design parameters. That said, people use them in that way with no apparent problems.

Other than that the convoluted models from B3 and Northern Brewer will be a bit more efficient and have a smaller footprint.

 
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:44 AM   #3
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I used to use something like that. I would suggest securing the coils together (ziptie maybe) and using a bag for your hops. The wort line is a thin one and brewers tend to feed it by gravity. A clogged line would be a terrible way to end a perfectly good brew day.

Actually it uses 3/8". Better than a 1/4" but I would still use a bag. I had a glogged line once and it sucked.

Reason: Noticed it was 3/8"

 
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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I would love to know if anyone has used this model before and had any issues with it or any other model with a hose and the cooling surround.

 
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:52 PM   #5
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The description says high temperature hose, so it's probably better than my garden hose model that I built and have used to years with no problems. But I don't run boiling wort through it since I don't have a pump yet.

 
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