Yup. That being said, if you are brewing a lot and shelling out $3 each batch for ice, after 25 batches or so you could have bought a wort chiller...
Excellent point. Long term the chiller is a better investment.
FWIW I like my process ATM. To me itâ€™s worth an extra $3 for consistency and predictability. For now . . . . . . Plus Iâ€™m a member of a semi-bureaucratic institution called marriage, which in my case is not always fiscally logical. $3 comes out of petty cash. A $75 expenditure has to be pre-approved by the â€œappropriations committeeâ€, sometimes with strings attached. Since the committee recently approved the request titled â€œkegeratorâ€, all other spending relative to homebrewing infrastructure has been temporarily frozen.