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Old 04-22-2011, 04:20 AM   #1
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I just flush it a few times a week for a month letting water set in it then drain it and when i is time to use i run boiling water threw it for 15min. I can keep flushing it and i still get hops out of it. what do other people do and how dose it work for you.

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Old 04-22-2011, 04:40 AM   #2
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What kind of thermometer is it? Never seen one that would be that clogged with hops. Can u post a pic of it?

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Old 04-22-2011, 04:53 AM   #3
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What kind of thermometer is it? Never seen one that would be that clogged with hops. Can u post a pic of it?
Therminator, not thermometer. It's Blichmann's brand of plate chiller.
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:57 AM   #4
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Duh. My bad. Didn't even see that. Im not sure what what that is. plate chiller??? What does it do?

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Old 04-22-2011, 05:05 AM   #5
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Wow!!

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Old 04-22-2011, 05:11 AM   #6
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Duh. My bad. Didn't even see that. Im not sure what what that is. plate chiller??? What does it do?
This wiki article goes over it. Compares different chilling options.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Wort_chiller
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:16 AM   #7
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Yeah I see it now. Basically a wort chiller. Thanks. I guess that was too stupid of a question for PBHbeer. My bad.

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Old 04-22-2011, 05:27 AM   #8
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Here's what I do (not sure if it's the best option but it's never failed for me.)

After all the wort has been chilled and and the carboys have been tucked away, I take all my fittings and parts and let them soak in warm water with powdered brewery cleaner. I let my plate chiller soak with my fittings as well. After an overnight soak I hook my hose up to the plate chiller with a jumper hose into the wort in side and turn the nozzle full blast. I let it run for about 5 minutes or more but it may be overkill. The bulk of the residue gets flushed out quick.

If you flush it right away you probably don't need to let it soak in anything, just don't let the hop residue dry out and crust up on the inside, that's when it gets ridiculous to clean.

Anyway, this is how I do it, I don't know if it's the "proper" method but it works very well for me.

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No worries brother there is always something to learn I have a 40 plate chiller ordered and still no clue how I plan on using it

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After every brew, I put a few gallons of hot water in my mlt, dose it with some PBw and circulate through my chiller and herms coil. I then drain and circulate some clean hot water. No problems yet.

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