That is a nice setup you have there Batz. I am looking at building a 3 tier gravity fed job and what you have there has given me a few things to think about.Batz said:working
What can I say sos? Your site has been a great inspiration on my trip to AG. Yours is amongst the first preferences for my IC\CFC. I am just exploring all the ways I can to get the best chiller suited for my needs. I have just found out locally (if this is correct) that there is no 5\8" copper tubing sold in Queensland\Australia any more???? :blink: So if this info is right I will have to use hosing for the external tube if I go past the IC model? What does anyone think of the idea of a spiral twist of copper wire on the outside of the inner (wort) tube of a CFC to aggitate the cooling flow?sosman said:I dunno if I posted this already http://brewiki.org/CounterFlowChiller but thats how I made my CFC. I used it exclusively now (I might consider using the immersion chiller for ginger beer to avoid clogging).
The CFC is a little more hassle overall but brewday goes faster and the beer cools quicker with less water. I also have a pump which I use with the CFC - others have used them with gravity but I can't personally vouch for that.
The one I made used pretty expensive compression fittings. It can be made much cheaper with soldered connections, keep your hose in water so it doesn't melt.