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Old 08-31-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Is there much of a difference? I assume theoretically the copper is a little more efficient and the stainless is a little more durable? Is there much practical difference between them or just a matter or preference?


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Old 08-31-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
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The main plus for stainless steel is it doesn't corrode. Copper develops verdigris, which needs to be cleaned off before using. In terms of efficiency, it hardly matters.

Copper is cheaper and easier to shape.


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Copper is cheaper and easier to shape.
That pretty much sums it up right there especially if you want 1/2" tubing stainless is pretty pricey.
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Depends on the type of chiller you're looking for. For an IC, copper can be easier to form, and cheaper. For a CFC, stainless can be better since it will be more durable. Personally, I enjoy the compact form of a plate chiller (which is stainless steel). I did use an IC when I started brewing, but quickly graduated to a plate chiller.
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If you are strictly considering an immersion chiller then go with the copper as it transfers hot/cold more efficiently and is less expensive. It can also just be added at the end of the boil to sanitize it for a few minutes or so.
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That pretty much sums it up right there especially if you want 1/2" tubing stainless is pretty pricey.
Easier to shape yes. But cheaper???? Not lately! I got my 50' SS IC for about $70 shipped. I priced out making a copper, and buying a copper all over the web and the reality is SS was cheaper at this given point. Try looking at Ebay. I think it was NY brewing supply or something like that. Pretty cheep SS in comparison. I would have gladly bought Copper had it been cheap premade or build it yourself. I am kicking myself for not paying more and getting a plate chiller though as all the brew structure builds seem to build them into the structure. Wife would complain a lot less if space consumption (as well as personal consumption) were less.
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Duda Diesel has chillers that start out cheaper than what you spent. Of course, they range to a couple/few times what you spent too. This is the one I purchased, which seriously kicks ass. I got it with the NPT fittings on the wort side, and installed CamLock fittings on it.
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I live in a tiny apartment so a plate chiller would be nice to save on space, but I only do 5 gallon batches (again, small apartment) and I may drop down to smaller BIAB batches just to experiment more. Also, I have a relatively cheap brew kettle with no false bottom and no spigot so plate chiller wouldn't really work for me. Leaning towards an immersion chiller from NY brewing supply http://www.nybrewsupply.com/wort-chi...e_adapter.html (thanks RoughandReadyRanch for pointing out the site) The stainless is a tiny bit cheaper and I am almost wondering if I should just get the 50' for $20ish more.
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Duda Diesel has chillers that start out cheaper than what you spent. Of course, they range to a couple/few times what you spent too. This is the one I purchased, which seriously kicks ass. I got it with the NPT fittings on the wort side, and installed CamLock fittings on it.
Cheaper then who paid? $100 more then the IC I got! Wish I had that extra hundred though.
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Cheaper then who paid? $100 more then the IC I got! Wish I had that extra hundred though.
They have other models... That start at far less than the one I picked. They start at just under $60.


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