From the HBD Archive
Subject: There are 2 types of immersion chillers
Date: 1992-07-10 23:12:30 GMT

> From: Subject: chillers
> The original poster, accidentally wrote "immersion" instead of
> "counterflow" in his post, but that's it. For the record, there
> are basically two major types of wort chillers used by homebrewers:
> 1. Immersion -- run cool water (usually tapwater) through a coil
> of tubing which is immersed in the kettle of hot wort....
> 2. Counterflow -- tube-in-hose chiller. Hot wort is siphoned or
> pumped through a tube which is surrounded by a hose carrying cool
> water (usually tapwater)....

I think some of the confusion here is because people forget (3).

3. Immersion -- run hot wort though a coil of tubing which is
immersed in a bath of cold water.

I started out using (3) but found that I had some problems with
blockage of the tubing by hops - especially hop pellets. Other than
that the technique works great. You get most of the advantages of
a counter-flow chiller without all the plumbing and yet you don't
have to use as much water as you do with (1).

All that not withstanding a blocked chiller is a really difficult
thing to unclog so I converted my (#3) to a (#1) by ataching fittings
to connect it to a garden hose. (This also went along with my move
from the kitchen to the garage for brewing.)

I don't have any suggestions on how to clear up the ambiguity of
what gets immersed in what but let's not jump on someone for being
stupid (as some - not the above poster) have done.

See ya
Geoff Reeves

P.S. I was wrong about HBD #921. It only had 25 messages which brings
the total to 95. It will be #922 for sure :-) Also I'm relieved that
I can post stuff without looking like I'm out for a grain mill. I'm
sure I won't be in the first 5 tomorrow. It just happens to be
Friday afternoon on a slow day and I happened to have 7 digests
backed up in my mail directory.

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