I only use a ice bath to cool my brew, but was curious what others thought of this product. I have no experience with chillers yet, but I see the nicer ones are copper and this one is stainless steel. And does the number of coils matter?
We’ve only used the copper version of that chiller and it works great for our 5G extract batches which have a 2.5 gallon boil. It will cool the batch in 10-15 minutes. Lightly swirling the hot wort with the chiller helps the cool wort get away from the cool coils and chill everything faster.
Yes. You can get the faucet-to-garden hose adapter at any big box hardware store. You may also want to pick up an adapter for the male fitting so the female garden hose end will attach to the chiller. Rather than a garden hose, I use braided washing machine hoses that I saved when replacing my washer. They’re only 5-6 feet in length which is perfect from stove to sink.