From the HBD Archive
From: eisen@kopf.HQ.Ileaf.COM (Carl West)
Subject: What goes through an imersion chiller?
Date: 1992-06-05 15:29:53 GMT

Bob Jones says:
>...some brewers
>wrongly think you should place the cooler in a bucket of ice water and flow
>the hot work (sic) through the inside of the cooler. Listen up brewers...

Bob, ease up, it's a perfectly reasonable thing to do. It has its
advantages and its disadvantages just as any other method. I depends on
what you want/need to do.

Advantages:
- the wort is cooled very quickly like in a counterflow cooler, giving
a good cold break.
- it's a sure thing that the wort is not exposed to infection during
its most vulnerable time ( 170F < wort > 70F )
- the materials are mostly easy to get (a pot, ice, a coil of copper
tubing) and there's not alot of permanent`construction' to be done

Disadvantages:
- you need to concern yourself with the cleanliness of the inside of
the tubing
- you have to jockey yet another pot of water
- you have to come up with an intake tube that will stand up to boiling
wort
- you have to figure out how to plumb the whole thing together


Carl

When I stop learning, bury me.


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