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Old 09-27-2012, 05:43 AM   #11
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Don't you worry about getting tortilla bits clogging your chiller?
I used flour tortillas as opposed to corn. Corn brakes easier. So I'm not too worried
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:46 AM   #12
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I use a stainless braid in my pot (just like the one in my mash tun). That works fine for leaf hops. If I use pellets, I toss those in a mesh bag. Cold break has never been a problem for me.

As far as cleaning, I backflush after every use and bake my plate every few batches and backflush with hot oxyclean. That seems to keep it clear.

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Old 09-27-2012, 05:46 PM   #13
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I've read about the problems with plate chillers, and how it takes some extremely strong acid to clean them out; too much trouble IMO. I've got a 50' copper immersion chiller that I got off Amazon for $80; planning on eventually getting a nice little compact counterflow chiller, something like this: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/r...0/category/72/

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:50 PM   #14
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do you have a valve on your pump to control flow...I made that mistake when I first got mine....now that I control the flow works like a champ...
Also are you whirl pooling with the chiller attached? I personal whirl pool with my large paddle and skip using the pump

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:52 PM   #15
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I've been using one for two batches now without any severe trouble, and definitely no clogging issues. I use a hop spider to keep the hops out though, so I'm just dealing with cold break.

To clean mine, I've just been backflushing it with a garden hose immediately after use. I have very high water pressure, but I imagine I will need to start pumping PBW through it at some point to keep it clear.

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Old 09-27-2012, 07:00 PM   #16
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I use a generic plate chiller that I haven't been particularly happy with because it takes too long to chill with the high ground water temps here in Florida, but I haven't had any problems with it clogging. I whirlpool/recirculate with it starting at 15' remaining in the boil, all the way down to ~85-90 degrees temp. Right now it goes through a Blichmann hop blocker; before that, I used a Kettle/Bazooka screen as well as hop socks. They are impossible to clean perfectly, which is why running boiling wort through them is important for sanitation.

I did have to pull out my immersion chiller for my pumpkin ale I brewed on Tuesday, but that was only because the pumpkin clogged the hop blocker and prevented flow to the pump, which I kind of expected.

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do you have a valve on your pump to control flow...I made that mistake when I first got mine....now that I control the flow works like a champ...
Also are you whirl pooling with the chiller attached? I personal whirl pool with my large paddle and skip using the pump
Yeas I have a valve for flow. The problem really comes from clogging. I've made a spider (all stainless) but it doesn't reach down far enough for ky 5 gallon batches in my kettles.... Any tips?

How do you sanitize you pump and chiller if you're whirlpooling without them?
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