Do any of you currently use a pre-chiller?
I'm thinking of getting an Igloo cooler and fitting it with 50 feet of 1/2 copper pipe, dump ice in it and run my tap water through it before it goes into my wort chiller (another 50 feet of copper pipe)
I've been reading alot of complaints from people that unless you're using a counterflow chiller, whirlpool chiller or a Therminator type of chiller it will take along time to cool down 5-10 gal batches.
Since I'm putting my first all grain setup I'm thinking what would be the best way to cool my wort and maybe an iced pre-chiller could be an affordable alternative to the above solutions.
My other concern is sanitizing of a counterflow chiller. I think it is too much of a headache to make sure it is in fact clean in all the bends and that it is fully dried before next use. With a standard wort chiller cleaning the inside of it is not an issue. I'd rather be brewing than spending my time cleaning inside of a chiller!