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What's the best type of chiller?

plate chiller
11 (40.7%)
counter flow chiller
1 (3.7%)
immersion chiller
15 (55.6%)

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Author Topic: Wort Chillers  (Read 4818 times)

Offline blatz

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Re: Wort Chillers
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2011, 02:47:42 pm »
I would say this would be the "best" type of chiller for a homebrewer:

+1 - after going from an IC, to a Shirron, to a Shirron + a CFC, to a Therminator + a CFC, I switched back to a 50' WIC ala Jamil.  I could not be happier.

that said, if you have really cold groundwater, a plate chiller might work for you, but you still have the problem of cleaning the dang thing out.  I like the simplicity and ease of the WIC.
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Offline Thirsty_Monk

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Re: Wort Chillers
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2011, 05:55:08 pm »
It is all about surface area and heat exchange.
In 10 gal IC works pretty good.
This is not so true with my 210 gal brewpot.
I just ordered plate heat exchanger.
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