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soooooo..... was there a question, or were you just getting giddy about the new system?

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What about the Shirron Wort Plate Chiller? I would like to be able to chill the wort as fast as possible, using as little water as possible and sticking with gravity feed. $90 seems pretty reasonable.

This guy has a huge selection..304 stainless, copper brazed... same construction as Therminators and Shirron chillers:

http://stores.ebay.com/DudaDiesel-A...sidZ97361327QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em14QQ_vcZ1

The best way to price compare would probably be by using square feet of cooling per $.

The Shirron has 0.247 ft^2/plate and 10 plates for a total of 2.47 ft^2 of cooling. At $90, that's $36 per square foot.

This one (http://cgi.ebay.com/20-Plate-Heat-E...tem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35a80923f1) from the above seller has 0.14 ft^2/plate and 20 plates for a total of 2.8 ft^2 of cooling. At $60, that's $21 per square foot.

I've been kicking around the idea of getting one of these, but finally dropped it because I am worried about all the crud from my kettle getting into it and clogging it. If you have a good screen/filter/whatever in your kettle, it would probably be fine.

My last two batches, I did the backward IC thing. I pumped the wort through my coil and had the coil in my MLT full of ice water. I recirculated the cold wort back into the kettle to bring the full volume down as fast as possible.

Chilled 5.5 gallons in 10 minutes, using 5 gallons of ice water.