Just completed an ebiab build. Now, as I've only done extract and one partial mash before, I have yet to acquire a wort chiller. I'm not going to spend more money on a pump and a counter flow chiller. So, that leaves immersion chillers.
I have no problem suspending the chiller just above or on the fittings/element, but my concern in fluid level. I'm doing 5 gallon batches in a 15 gallon pot. After doing quick math, that means 5 gallons will only be 5.6 in from the bottom. My fittings are 2 in from the bottom so that only leaves 3 in of fluid for the immersion chiller to sit in.
Most of the immersion chillers out the interwebs have a gap between the bottom of the chiller and where the coils are concentrated. Makes sense as heat rises.Because I have such little room to work with, I was considering a immersion pre-chiller Here
that is made to chill tap water prior to entering into another chilling device.
My question after all that, any reason I just can't use that pre-chiller as a plain ole' chiller?
I also like that pre-chiller as it is tall enough to stick out of my 17" pot, whereas most chillers seem only to be 15" tall.
Or does anyone have a better mouse trap that doesn't involve a pump?