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ChillZilla Counterflow Wort Chiller
ChillZilla Counterflow Wort Chiller
10 Excellent [ 5 ] ** [38.46%]
9 [ 2 ] ** [15.38%]
8 [ 5 ] ** [38.46%]
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post Jan 17 2005, 12:16 PM
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Available from Northern Brewer, Austin HBS, and others.

Seems well-made. Takes 1/2" ID hose. I have a good vertical drop so I've had no flow problems. In fact, the first time I used it my flow was too fast and I ended up with 84F deg. wort. For the second use I slowed it down and ended up at 74F. It's pretty compact - even with the hose barb attached at the top it will mostly fit down inside my sanitizer bucket. I leave the barb fitting on the top all the time, so connecting it requires a short piece of heat-resistant hose to run from the kettle to the chiller (either silicone or the thermoplastic hose that NB sells), then an output hose at the bottom which dumps into the fermenter. I don't have fancy QD's so it also requires three hose clamps total - one at the kettle and two on the chiller.

Sure beats the heck out of immersion chillers for efficiency, but I know that immersion chillers have some benefits as well.
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post Feb 14 2005, 07:47 AM
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Used mine for the first time this weekend and loved it except for the connections on the ends. I wish they would have left them alone and let the buyer put on whatever they wanted. For example they put 2 male garden hose ends on it and the one wort tube they have a thread piece of pipe.

All in all very good but I also want to see how well it does in the summer months.
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post Sep 17 2007, 04:48 PM
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I picked up a chillzilla used on eBay a little while back. It works like a champ. I agree about the connections -- the double male garden hose ends are ridiculous. I wish getting all the rinse fluid out of the chiller was a little easier. Still, I gave it a 9.

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post Dec 3 2008, 09:33 AM
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Sometimes a little difficult to clean if it sits for awhile. Clean it after each use and it works well.

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