After two years of brewing small all grain batches in my kitchen I have a burner and a 15 gallon kettle on the way. I was pretty set on building a counterflow chiller to go with my new set up but then got thinking of the hassle cleaning it. I’ve read various cleaning regiments from " I just flush hot water through it" to detailed procedures usually involving pumping caustic solutions though which I cant do because I don’t have a pump and also would like to avoid anything that can burn a hole through my face, I like to have a beer or two while I brew.
Jamil’s whirlpool set up seems in appealing since I already have a IC, its just fast to chill and would save time flushing, sanitizing the counterflow chiller. The problem is I’m tapped out on $ after the upgrades I already made, another $160 on a pump would kill me or she might kill me. Either way no pump or I’ll die.
Any counterflow users that have been using it from awhile with no contamination have any suggestion of a cleaning/storing procedure? Any counterflow users hate your counterflow chiller? I’m looking for as many opinion as I can find before I make a decision. Thanks guys