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After using an all stainless counterflow chiller for several years, I was quite impressed with the performance of this all-copper unit. Chilling time is markedly quicker and construction quality is very high. Only minor negative is that there isn't an integrated mounting bracket. A good value vs. comparable all-copper counterflow chillers.
Although immersion chillers do their trick, the CF chillers are the way to go. Without much headache, you can dial down the flow rate to get the expected temperature when transferring after boil. Great upgrade to the system.
This Z chiller is a valuable edition to the brewhouse. It is very well made with professional welds. With the addition of some quick disconnects, a T and 2" brewing thermometer it can easily and quickly be set up to pump hot wort. Using a ball valve on the pump and the thermometer, you can adjust flow rate of the wort and/or the cooling water so the wort enters your fermenter at the desired temperature for pitching yeast. Much faster than an immersion coil, and much sturdier. Definitely a worthwhile purchase.
After I used this I wished I would have done this long ago. I chilled 5 gallons of brew to 60 degrees in about 7 mins. Best money I have spent on brewing.
This is the best $200 I've spent on any one item. I can bring a 10 gallon boil down to 60∞ in 15-20 min, basically the time it takes to drain the kettle open wide. It will chill lower if I submerge the chiller in a small bucket of ice due to the fact that it has a copper jacket instead of a vinyl hose. Extremely well built, easy to clean and sanitize, never had a stuck drain (a hop spider helps). I blinged mine out to accommodate a 2" dial thermometer and a flow control valve for the garden hose. With this chiller and valve, I can pinpoint the temp of the wort going into the fermentor. I've actually had to reduce the water in flow so as not to get the wort so cold for pitching ales. Pricey but worth it!