What is the best configuration where you can decrease your chilling time/increase efficiency.
I know this is a bit loaded so let me clarify.
I have the standard issue 20' copper 3/8'' garden hose counter flow chiller. Works great but I want to get the most out of it and shorten my brew day. I currently get 10 gallons down to 70 F using 58 F water (hose 1/2 way open) in about 25 minutes.
I know there are different setups and operations that may improve the efficiency of the CFC. I am curious as to any incite anyone might have. For example:
- Is it more efficient to pump your wort rather than using gravity?
- Is it more efficient run your wort through the bottom CFC Wort in and have it exit from the top to avoid channeling where the wort might not get in complete contact with the copper?
- Should you run the hose water full bast and regulate the wort flow or vise versa?
I am just looking to change any variable except swapping out the CFC for something else.