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Old 05-30-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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I know this is a stupid question, but could someone explain to me how the different types of wort chillers work and which is the best kind to use for 5 gallon batches.

 
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:33 PM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Chiller

 
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:54 PM   #4
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I have another question, is there a wort chiller that doesn't waste water? It seems like the Immersion coolers are a big waste of water.

 
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:57 PM   #5
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I have another question, is there a wort chiller that doesn't waste water? It seems like the Immersion coolers are a big waste of water.

If you get a long (50 ft) coil of 3/8" copper, prechill with ice, and whirlpool while you chill, you'll be running water for <5 minutes.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:34 AM   #6
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or you can also hook up an immersion chiller to an aquarium pump instead of the faucet. it can pump from a container holding a lot of ice water, that way it just recirculates the water. just make sure to keep ice in there or you might end up recirculating warm water.

 
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:45 AM   #7
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Or just capture the runoff and use it for cleanup, watering plants, etc.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:04 PM   #8
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How do you hook up the chiller to an aquarium pump? I like that idea

 
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:00 PM   #9
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Just don't forget about the fact that creating that much ice uses quite a bit of energy so if you're thinking in terms of economy or absolute environmental impact, running the water (if it's cool enough on its own) is probably cheaper.
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:22 PM   #10
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I suppose you would be right. Which is cheaper to run an immersion or counterflow chiller?

 
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