Good commercial wort chiller for 15 gallon kettle?

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makisupapolice14

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I'm going to be getting this 15 gallon (60 qt) kettle soon to begin 5 gallon biab brewing and possibly ten gallo batches down the road.

http://www.concordkettles.com/colle...el-brew-kettle-w-domed-lid-avail-in-20-180-qt

The wort chiller we have been using is 25 ft and it fits ok in our older 10 gallon pot. Considering the dimensions on the above listed kettle, (17" wide, 16.5" tall), I'm not sure this will work very well.

Does anyone have recommendations for a good, not super expensive wort chiller that will work for outdoor brewing with a 15 gallon pot?

I have my eye on this one so far....
http://www.nybrewsupply.com/copper-wort-chiller-garden-hose-fittings-12-x-50.html
 
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Fwiw our 10 gallon tall boy we currently use is 13.3" wide and 16" tall...
 

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Less money / less chiller in stainless???

http://www.nybrewsupply.com/beer-ho...ers/stainless-steel-wort-chiller-38-x-50.html

How cold is your water supply in the summer, the best chiller in the world only works as well as the water feeding it.

Ice water through a 25' chiller beats the heck out of warm summer tap water through a 50' chiller.

Maybe a cheap pump to push ice water through your existing chiller....just a thought.

With summer water temps over 70, a better chiller still wont get you to pitching temp.
 

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I brew 10 gallon batches in a 15 gallon spike kettle. I'm currently using a 3/8" 25' chiller, which works fine in the winter (45F ground water) but not very well in the summer. I've had my eye on these guys:

http://www.brewinternational.com/

I haven't bought anything from them, but the pricing is right...
 

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When I switched from 7 gal Alum to 15 gallon stainless I decided to leave immersion chillers behind. Switched to a counterflow chiller from Austin HomeBrew Supply, $78. Works very well, but you do need to tighten all fittings prior to use. Test it out with water first.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/Counterflow-Wort-Chiller-25-Foot.html?sc=28&category=1290

My first batch was painfully slow on a gravity feed, as I suspected it would be. Bought a 12V food grade pump on Ebay, like this one for $22 w/ free ship:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281719630901?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Hooked it up to my 12V ice fishing flasher battery and I was off and chilling. I stuck my digital thermometer in the discharge hose and adjusted the wort flow of the ball valve to hit the desired chill temperature. Chilled the 6 gallon batch in 10-12 minutes and I didn't need to be present for a lot of it, giving me time to clean stuff. It does add one more thing to clean, but I just cycle through some Oxyclean and sanitizer through it from the kettle. So not too much extra time. I like that it is just as effective for a 10-11 gallon batch as it is for a 5 gallon batch. I'm very happy with this solution with just over $100 investment.
 

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I use the Jaded Hydra in my keggle to cool 10 gallon batches and it's great. Since I live in a warm climate, I also use a 25' copper coil as a prechiller in an ice bath, run hose water full blast and keep both chillers moving. If I'm on top of my game, I can get to 65F or so in 10-15 minutes.
 
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Stainless would be fine for sure wilser....our tap water in upstate ny actually stays pretty damn cold. So chilling has and will continue to work well in the summer months. Just trying to justify whether a larger chiller is in order.

Ps...wilser I think my wife may be ordering a second larger biab bag from you for the above kettle as an Xmas present to me. :)
 

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I use the Jaded Hydra in my keggle to cool 10 gallon batches and it's great. Since I live in a warm climate, I also use a 25' copper coil as a prechiller in an ice bath, run hose water full blast and keep both chillers moving. If I'm on top of my game, I can get to 65F or so in 10-15 minutes.
This or their Cobra would be my first choice for immersion
 

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I guess I'm the odd ball out... I do a mix of 6 and 11 gallon brews and use the B23-20 duda diesel plate chiller to chill my beer to pitching temps in one pass while oxygenating it with an inline stone at the same time.. yes it works great (flow at full blast in the winter)at just over 2 gallons per minute. but in the summer I have to slow it down to about a gallon per minute or so to get to pitching temps in one pass. I dont have to use multiple chillers in tandom like others.

I have been using mine for over 2 years and NO issues of any buildup or infection inside.
 

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When I switched from 7 gal Alum to 15 gallon stainless I decided to leave immersion chillers behind. Switched to a counterflow chiller from Austin HomeBrew Supply, $78. Works very well, but you do need to tighten all fittings prior to use. Test it out with water first.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/Counterflow-Wort-Chiller-25-Foot.html?sc=28&category=1290

My first batch was painfully slow on a gravity feed, as I suspected it would be. Bought a 12V food grade pump on Ebay, like this one for $22 w/ free ship:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281719630901?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Hooked it up to my 12V ice fishing flasher battery and I was off and chilling. I stuck my digital thermometer in the discharge hose and adjusted the wort flow of the ball valve to hit the desired chill temperature. Chilled the 6 gallon batch in 10-12 minutes and I didn't need to be present for a lot of it, giving me time to clean stuff. It does add one more thing to clean, but I just cycle through some Oxyclean and sanitizer through it from the kettle. So not too much extra time. I like that it is just as effective for a 10-11 gallon batch as it is for a 5 gallon batch. I'm very happy with this solution with just over $100 investment.
You do realize all that pump requres is a 1 amp or higher 12v power supply right? no need for batteries. They make power supplies for $5 shipped that will power it fine. You likley know this but they are easy to wire up + goes to red and - goes to black I only mention it because so many are afraid to wire one up for some reason... There's no risk of damage or electrocution with this kind of low amp dc power..

BTW the 24v version of that pump works even better and pumps stronger at 3.2gallons per minute...I have 3 of the 12v and 3 of the 24v versions. I only use the 24v versions now.
 

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You do realize all that pump requres is a 1 amp or higher 12v power supply right? no need for batteries. They make power supplies for $5 shipped that will power it fine. You likley know this but they are easy to wire up + goes to red and - goes to black I only mention it because so many are afraid to wire one up for some reason... There's no risk of damage or electrocution with this kind of low amp dc power..

BTW the 24v version of that pump works even better and pumps stronger at 3.2gallons per minute...I have 3 of the 12v and 3 of the 24v versions. I only use the 24v versions now.
Absolutley, though the battery works quite easy with quick connectors. Its one of those small 8 ampHr rectangular batteries that weigh just 3-4 lbs. If I run across a 11-14V power supply in my house, I'll probably wire it up (as I did with my DIY stirplate). But it works great for now.

12V works great for my setup b/c I had to throttle the flow back anyway given the chilling capacity to hit my target temps. For my February - April brews with colder groundwater I could probably go wide open ball valve and keep the temps in the low/mid 60's. A 24V pump might be advantageous for those 2 or 3 brews a year.
 
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