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Old 01-21-2009, 02:23 PM   #201
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Thanks to Bobby_M and others for posting ideas here. I found this thread after I made my CFC. Apparently great minds think alike !
Nice clean looking build.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:52 PM   #202
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So has anybody used this one:

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Is the quality & operation of it comparable to the ones you guys are building? I thought I saw someone post a picture of it earlier in the thread.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:35 PM   #203
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I haven't seen what the brewer's apprentice builds other than the pic further up in this thread. It's certainly comparable in design. At $70, you're really close to a Shirron plate chiller though. It's a tough call.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:57 PM   #204
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I haven't seen what the brewer's apprentice builds other than the pic further up in this thread. It's certainly comparable in design. At $70, you're really close to a Shirron plate chiller though. It's a tough call.
Anyone want to contribute to the debate between a plate chiller nad a counterflow? I've heard that it's much easier to plug up a plate chiller. What are the benefits?
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:32 PM   #205
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Anyone want to contribute to the debate between a plate chiller nad a counterflow? I've heard that it's much easier to plug up a plate chiller. What are the benefits?
I bet if you try searching for it you will find many threads on it already rather then pulling this thread off topic.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:48 PM   #206
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You're right, sorry about that. The instructions in this thread are great for anyone that wants to make one of these counterflow chillers.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:18 PM   #207
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I managed to clog mine with whole hops. I guaran-damn-T that unclogging a copper tube CFC is easier than a plate chiller. A bit of full blast h2o and I was back in business. With a plate chiller...
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:53 PM   #208
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I would argue that you need some level of whole hop straining no matter what style of external exchanger you use. Even something like a 16x16 stainless mesh would be fine for either. The stainless chore boy scrubber would be another option.
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I decided to build this and my local store only had 50' sections of copper and 50' hoses. So I cut the hose in half. Due to my stupidity/inexperience whatever you want to call it I now have a 25' CFC and 20-23' of rubber hose/copper tubing. Would a CFC thats only 20' following these directions be enough or should I just save the materials for something else? I was hoping to make a second one and sell it to help offset my costs.
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I decided to build this and my local store only had 50' sections of copper and 50' hoses. So I cut the hose in half. Due to my stupidity/inexperience whatever you want to call it I now have a 25' CFC and 20-23' of rubber hose/copper tubing. Would a CFC thats only 20' following these directions be enough or should I just save the materials for something else? I was hoping to make a second one and sell it to help offset my costs.
Just use the remainder of your materials. I have a friend who has a 23' one and it works just as good as my 25' CFC. I'd make it, then put it up for sale! Cheers!
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