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Old 02-03-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Seems like everybody has copper immersion chillers. Any downside/upside to stainless steel?



 
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Old 02-03-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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Debated topic. Some info in both these links:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=51076

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=47819

In short, most people use copper, copper is most readily available pre-made, and is the "best" transfer medium for heat dissipation currently availble, but ultimately, it's your gear and your money, if you have stainless available for free, and copper costs money, then I don't blame you for using S/S.


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Old 02-03-2008, 09:36 PM   #3
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Copper conducts heat MUCH better than stainless.

http://www.engineersedge.com/properties_of_metals.htm

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Old 02-03-2008, 10:51 PM   #4
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Stainless is tougher to work with and you'll need a longer tube to get the same cooling times. On the other hand, it doesn't tarnish and does another five minutes to cool a batch matter? Just keep it away from bleach. Chloride stress corrosion can give you almost invisible leaks and lots of them.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:51 PM   #5
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Funny this topic came up.

Was at Midwest's site today, and noticed:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...x?SubCat=11054
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=7735

Weird.

I guess that if it's good enough for Midwest to sell, it's good enough to use.


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