Wort Chiller recommendation

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benxrow2002

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I was thinking about taking this next step and wondering what works for you guys...and what you can expect to pay.

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i just got my 25ft copper tubing immersion chiller, $50 off of eBay. it was a revelation. great investment. i'm only doing about 3-3.5 gallon boils though, if you're doing full boils, or even 10gallons, you might be better off with a CFC. we do get pretty cold tap water too, which helps!
 

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I built a CFC for less then 50 bucks, but my copper was only $25.00. I highly suggest this route if you are a little handy and can put your hands on dollar a foot copper. I go from boiling to a carboy full of 73 degree wort in minutes only using a trickle of cooling water.
 

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If you're considering a CFC, stop and think about how you're going to use it. I made the stupid mistake of building a CFC without first figuring out how I was going to get the wort through it without a valve on my kettle - had to throw together a copper racking cane at the last minute and siphon it, which didn't go too smoothly - plus by the time I got all the hoses hooked up it took up a lot of space in my kitchen - and it's not all that fun to sanitize when you can't pump cleaner/water/sanitizer through it. I sold it, bought an immersion chiller, and have been very happy with it - it's extremely easy to sanitize and use, works well, and takes up very little space. Now that I have a kettle with a valve and some more space to work in, I think I'd be much happier with a CFC than I was the first time, but I'm still happy with an immersion chiller.
 

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Another advantage of the immersion chiller is that it drops out the cold break in your kettle - not your fermentor...

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I'm at the same time in my brewing life. Both the CFC and the immersion have their advantages and disadvantages. I like the idea of not getting the break in the fermenter but then it doesn't really make any difference to the yeast. The CFC just seems so easy except for the sanitizing. (I suppose you could collect the water in your HLT and heat it up more and run it through to clean it, maybe run through some of your left over iodophore after that.)


I'm building a ten gallon system so leaning toward the CFC but the simplicity of the immersion is sweet.
 

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I have a 25' 3/8" (OD) CFC. I made it myself out of 1/2 a roll of 50' from coppertubingsales.com. It works great when hooked to the drain of my big pot and pumped through. It is too slow for siphon, IMO.
I am taking the other 25' and making a IC for smaller batches. This will be for partial boils in a 20qt pot. I will be using a branch method, rather than a continuous loop. According to some posts I've read on this site, it should be much more efficient.

Like Funkenjaeger said, the cfc's are kind of a PITA if you don't have a set up planned. (Just check out this image in my gallery;) )
 

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Noob question - is there a reason why you can't pump the cooled wort from the ouput of a CFC back into the brew pot, using an outlet that started a whirlpool?

Let it sit for 30 minutes, then drain to the fermenter leaving the cold break etc. behind? Or am I missing something?
 

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TheBigBrit said:
Noob question - is there a reason why you can't pump the cooled wort from the ouput of a CFC back into the brew pot, using an outlet that started a whirlpool?

Let it sit for 30 minutes, then drain to the fermenter leaving the cold break etc. behind? Or am I missing something?
Yes. The reason you can't do that is that you would need a pump. If you can afford an electric pump and are willing to put up with that level of complexity, then there are better options out there for you.
 
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