Counter-Flow Wort Chiller
The counter-flow wort chiller was purchased from Stoelting for
- "An essential step in brewing to-quality beer requires
a quick cool-down of the wort, and Stoelting's Wort Chiller takes
the heat fast. Within 15 minutes, 5 gallons of wort drop from
210º to 65 º at .33 gpm."
- "The chiller is comprised of a 3/8" stainless steel
wort line wrapped with a finned copper tube to maximize the heat
transfer from the wort. The finned tube assembly is centered in
a ¾" cold water copper line."
I guess the thing that attracted me to the Stoelting wort chiller
was the fact that it had a stainless steel wort line. After investing
thousands of dollars in stainless steel pots, tubing, fittings,
, I couldn't justify putting copper into my wort path as
part of the chiller.
The water inlet and outlet are ½" O.D. The wort line
is slightly less than 3/8" O.D. which proved to be a pain
when trying to plumb it. A 3/8" compression fitting doesn't
form a tight fit.
P.B.S. makes a very nice counter-flow wort
chiller, very similar in design to the Stoelting, only with a
½" copper wort line.
- "Precision Brewing Systems has introduced a new counterflow
wort chiller for home brewers. The Maxichiller is 7 in. high and
6 in. in diameter and is constructed entirely of rust-proof copper.
According to the manufacturer, the device can cool wort to within
1º F (6º C) of the cooling water temperature in 9 minutes
using less than 30 gallons of cooling water. Short inner tubing
is designed for ease of cleaning and sanitizing." Brewing
Techniques, March/April 1997, Volume 5, Number 2
I wish P.B.S. would offer a model with a
"true" ½" O.D. stainless steel wort line.