Northern Brewer Stainless Counterflow Wort Chiller
Chill your wort like the professionals do! The Northern Brewer Counterflow Wort Chiller utilizes the same technique as your favorite commercial brewery.
The tube-within-a-tube design allows for hot wort to flow through the chiller in one direction, while cooling water flows the opposite direction in a cooling jacket surrounding the wort. This efficient design ensures the hot wort is always in contact with a fresh supply of cool water - so no stirring or agitation is required! With a total of 18 feet of pure chilling power, our Counterflow wort chiller will bring wort down to pitching temperatures quickly.
Solidly constructed of 304 grade stainless steel, its durability far surpasses that of similar chillers made of copper or even repurposed automotive hose. Because of its low flow restriction, this chiller can be used with simple gravity or in a pump-driven configuration.
Check out our connection packages to make setting up the chiller even easier!
- 18’ of contact area
- Outer tubing: 5/8” OD
- Inner tubing: 3/8” OD
- 1/2” Male NPT wort fittings
- Standard male garden hose fittings for cooling water
- Integrated welded mounting bracket with (2) 5/16” mounting holes 3” on center
- 304 Stainless steel construction
- 7” Tall
- 7.5” Coil OD
- Overall width: 11 ½”
- Weight: 6lbs 14 oz
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After reviewing many other counterflow chillers on the market I decided to buy this stainless steel unit. I use a RIMS system and recirculate the output from the chiller back into the boil kettle to whirlpool the trub.
The diameter of the wort tube provides a greater surface area to wort volume contact than competing units with a larger diameter tube. And since this chiller is made from stainless steel I do not worry about off flavors that may come from copper, as well as any cleaning and sanitation issues.
In competing chillers that use a garden hose as the outer tube there is concern with hose degradation and the usable life expectancy of the chiller.
Excellent product, but the inner diameter of the inner coil is too narrow and dramatically restricts flow, especially when using a pump. It does what it should, and I am happy with the product, I just wish I could effectively whirlpool in my kettle without having to remove sterilized/sanitized hoses from the chiller.
I upgraded from a homemade IC chiller to this guy. I added some SS-QDs to it and a couple garden hose QDs and I was good to go. I can chill way faster with this than I ever did with my old IC. It's still too new to have used it in the summer months when out Oregon ground water goes up to ~70°, but I'm sure it will outperform my expectations.
I had a plate chiller for years and it worked great besides being difficult to clean. I would circulate PBW through and still get chunks of stuff coming out. That's why I switched to this counter flow to limit the chance of contamination. The plate chiller cooled down further, but this counter flow did it's job and was I was able to cool the rest with my glycol chiller. There was basically about a 15 degree difference between the plate chiller and this counter flow.
Wort in at flame out and 80 degrees in the kettle in a single pass, think about it.