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Upgrading to AG, Advice on Equipment

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Chugs13, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Savant (450) New Jersey Dec 11, 2011

    So im upgrading to AG, and was looking for some advice on some equipment im looking to buy.

    For my Mash Tun im converting a 10 gal beverage cooler from Home Depot, so no real questions on that.

    For my Kettle im thinking about getting this 8 gal with valve and thermometer...

    They also make a 10 gal one that is essentially the same (except for a better thermometer) for $20 more...

    You think its worth it for the extra 2 gals and the thermometer upgrade?

    Do any of you guys have these kettles? How do you like them?

    Im also looking to upgrade my cooling system. Was originally going to go with a 70ft copper immersion chiller...

    Then was thinking maybe a 25ft counterflow chiller would be better for just a little more...

    And now am thinking about going for a plate chiller that seems pretty reasonably priced...

    Would end up getting this from the Duda Diesel website for $95 shipped. For those of you who have plate chillers do you use a pump? Do you think a pump is necessary, or can you have success with gravity feed? Really not trying to go with a plate chiller if I need the added expense of a pump.

    Any thoughts, recommendations, feedback is greatly appreciated.
  2. Get the 10 gallon kettle youll thank yourself later for that move. I use a 25' immersion chiller and it works just fine though I did just get a pre chiller to go with it now that I moved and my tap water comes out too warm.
  3. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (465) Louisiana Dec 3, 2005

    Just my opinion, I'd go 10 gallon pot and immersion chiller. You will enjoy the luxury of having the extra room in the kettle.

    I use a 10gal cooler to mash. It's big enough for all but the biggest of mashes for 6.5 gallon preboil. But it is almost full for some of my bigger beers. If you can go bigger now, go for it.

    I prefer immersion chiller. Easier to clean and sanitize with peice of mind that you can see the surface that will contact the wort. Also you can immediately chill the entire wort below 180 once you turn off the burner. Counterflow and plate chillers keep a given amount of wort at near 212 degrees for an extended period compared to immersion.

    See this link: http://www.mrmalty.com/chiller.php
  4. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Savant (450) New Jersey Dec 11, 2011

    Thanks for the replies! Yeah I was starting to lean toward the 10gal, just wasnt sure how necessary the 2 extra gals were, but I think the $20 extra is worth the peace of mind and luxury.

    Thanks for that link, good info. I have a 25' immersion chiller right now, but its just really not getting the job done that well with 2.5-3 gals, so im definitely going to need more for the full 5.5-6.5 gals. Was thinking of maybe using the 25' chiller as a pre chiller, and getting that 70' chiller for the wort, think that might do the trick.
  5. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (465) Louisiana Dec 3, 2005

    25 + 70 would be more than enough. Just be sure you can have the full 70' submerged in wort. Any tubing sticking out of wort is wasted copper.
  6. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Savant (450) New Jersey Dec 11, 2011

    Thats true, and its a 50' chiller, dont know why I was thinking 70'. The reviews say the 50' sits nicely in a full 5 gal batch.
    scurvy311 likes this.