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Old 10-30-2008, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default Cheap Plate Heat Exchanger too good to be true?

Here is a link to a plate heat exchanger that is on ebay. This guy has a lot of these, also has models that have 15, 20, 25, 30 plates. This link goes to the 10 plate chiller it is listed at $49 bucks with free shipping. With a couple fittings this should work just fine right? I mean its half the cost of a shirron exchanger. Is there something im missing about these? They are stainless steel with copper blazed.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:46 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure the Shirron has larger plates so the overall surface area of this one is lower. I'd go with at least the 20 plate version.

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Old 10-30-2008, 12:51 PM   #3
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I just bought 2 of the 30 plate chillers, if you want to look at the website its here
DudaDiesel.com Biodiesel Supplies (how do you change the name so it says "Here", instead of showing the link)?

Anyways, if you look, there is one review for it, and it is from a homebrewer.

I think it is money well spent, and if doesnt work, oh well, if it does, I save myself almost $120.00, compared to the other brand.

An e-mail was sent to them, asking if it was food safe, and got the reply that it is.

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Old 10-30-2008, 02:55 PM   #4
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Im going to on my brutus clone to recirc similar to what Lonnie Mac laid out in his magazine plans. ( IE fill HLT with ice water and use a pump to push it through chiller while the other pump pushes the wort.) For 10 gallon batches should the 15-20 plate be sufficient?

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Old 10-30-2008, 03:01 PM   #5
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No, I got the 30 plate chiller, its almost the exact same size as the blichmann. I also got mine with the 3/4" MPT so I can connect QD's to it.
I also bought mine for my Brutus build.

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I purchased the 30 plate from the same place. $89. First brew with it is this Saturday, but initial water only tests are very promising. I added hose fittings from Lowe's to one side, and brass barbs to the other for the wort. No leaks. I also purchased some silicone tubing for the hot side as standard vinyl tubing wont stand up to the heat.

I will be building a cheap back flow flushing fitting for it also to clean it out, which just equals a piece of vinyl tubing with a mail hose fitting on one side and nothing on the other to fit over the barb.

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this is my question it might be brazed with lead instead of silver rod

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Neither. It is brazed with 99% pure copper in an oxygen free furnace.

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