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Best Chiller Option
« on: September 14, 2015, 05:40:01 PM »
I currently have a two-stage wort chiller system. the coil that goes in my kettle and a smaller first stage that i put in an ice chest.  It's great at getting down quickly to 90 but then as most people experience it is slow, even with ice to get down to 70.  Plus it wastes a lot of water.  Do you all have a go-to option that both gets the wort down fast and faster 70 but also eliminates wasting water as much as my system does? I know I am at the mercy of the water temp of my tap and I could use ice to compensate. Is CounterFlow or Plate better?  What is best? Thanks all, I want to save time and also be a good Californian and not waste so much water. 

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2015, 05:52:34 PM »
You could use a submersible pump to recirculate ice water through your chiller once you get down to 100 degrees or so.

Personally, I just chill to 80 or 90, put the fermentor in the chest freezer, and pitch yeast the following morning (I only brew at night).
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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2015, 06:14:25 PM »
Personally, I just chill to 80 or 90, put the fermentor in the chest freezer, and pitch yeast the following morning (I only brew at night).
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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2015, 10:50:47 PM »
so the suggestion would be that my setup shouldn't change much, just rely on my keezer to chill down further and maybe one change would be getting a pump to pump the ice water through the chiller faster. 

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2015, 11:33:44 PM »
If you are concerned about wasting water, fill buckets and use elsewhere.

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2015, 11:37:18 PM »
That is the thing, there isn't much for us to water, we live in an apartment complex with very little greenspace. 

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2015, 11:39:41 PM »
You could use a submersible pump to recirculate ice water through your chiller once you get down to 100 degrees or so.

What I do. Though I think I may add a King Cobra chiller to the mix (hopefully) over the holiday season.
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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2015, 11:39:53 PM »
You don't have your own washing machine? That's where all of my water goes.

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2015, 02:37:17 PM »
Use 4 L of frozen water in soda bottles to drop down the last 20 degrees.  This step will take a few hours.

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2015, 10:27:17 PM »
I let my fermentation chamber do the heavy lifting as well, chill through my CFC as far as it will go and then the chamber until it reaches pitch temp

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2015, 12:32:53 AM »
A pair of 20' to 25' counter flow chillers in series will usually drop wort to lager pitching temp if one runs tap water through the first stage and ice water through the second stage.

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2015, 03:09:17 PM »
A pair of 20' to 25' counter flow chillers in series will usually drop wort to lager pitching temp if one runs tap water through the first stage and ice water through the second stage.

this is what I do - and i run off into my kettle, easily, at <50df. 
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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2015, 05:58:07 PM »
Even in the heat of summer?  Where do you live Alaska?

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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2015, 06:12:50 PM »
I'm in the 25' chiller club. In the summer here, I have gotten used to chilling to around 80° and then putting into the chest freezer to finish chilling to pitch temp. I spen most of my chilling time stirring the pot, but still takes 30 minutes or more to get to that 80°, so I am interested in the King Cobra chiller which should speed things up. Birthday gift to myself next month? Sounds great
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Re: Best Chiller Option
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2015, 06:16:16 PM »
That King Cobra looks great and has good reviews, but it still can only go as low as your ground water (unless you run a pre-chiller on it I guess).  But saving some time is always worth money.