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Old 09-23-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hi, I have a chill wizard with a brazed plate hx. Don't feel like I can really clean it that well since the plates are fused together. Tons of people recommend circulating the boiling wort through it for 5-10 minutes to kill bacteria, which I did the last few times, but I'm still getting infected. Are there any small plate chillers that can be disassembled? A bit mystified about what's happening.

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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Basic answer is no there are not and small heat exchangers that can be disassembled. I would run PBW through the chiller multiple times for abut 30 minutes each time until there are no hop particles coming it of the chiller. Then I would pack it with starsan solution and cap it and left it sit for a few minutes drain and store. On brew day I recirc starsan from my HLT through all my hoses, pump, and plate chiller then I recirc near boiling wort for a few minutes for good measure.

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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Put your plate chiller in the oven at 450 for a half hour to an hour. Then rinse water through it and any trapped bits will be flushed out. Plus the heat is guaranteed to kill everything.

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Old 09-23-2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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won't heating the plat chiller with rubber gasgets inside (don't they have them?) cause the gasgets to deteriorate?

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There aren't any rubber parts inside these plate chillers. If the model has garden hose fittings on the water side you have to remove the o-ring inside the female coupler...

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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But won't the extreme heat cause the brazed steel to expand and crack? I read post where one guy suggested putting the hx in a pressure cooker and packing it with water. Wasn't quite as hot as 450 but do you need that kind of heat to kill everything?

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Mine has been through the oven at 450 and hasn't broken, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

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"A Heat Exchanger I Can Clean"

Immersion chiller.

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Old 09-30-2012, 11:06 AM   #9
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I wouldn't run wort through the chiller only for the reason that you're adding more break material, which will just make it harder to clean. I back flush mine for at least ten minutes as soon as i'm done and soak it in PBW for a while. I would guess since you have the chill wizard, you really can't soak it though, maybe you can just pump it though and recycle the water.

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