Originally Posted by Travis
Let's get this discussion started.
I'm a little new to the brewing scene and I've just wonder what your take on this is. Is the Inverse/Counter Flow Wort Chiller better than the Immersion Chiller. Please only people that have tried them or read a lot about them.
Immersion cools the whole batch, but after it cools the wort down a bit, it becomes inefficient and ends up taking more water. You put the coils into the boiling wort, so it is more sanitary.
Counterflow cools a small part of the batch quickly, but the rest of the batch sits slowly cooling. You have to carefully clean the counterflow chiller to prevent contaminating your batch. This is how most commercial breweries cool their wort because it more energy efficient.