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Old 04-23-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default I have had it with my Plate chiller.

I bought a Shirron Plate chiller from Austin homebrew and it has been nothing but trouble. Yesterday it got so badly clogged that I had to go buy ice and chill my beer in the bathtub. I whirlpool, but it never seems like enough. Some trub always ends up coming out with my beer, and with this chiller, that seems to make it useless. I think I am going to try to return it but I think they might not take it. I removed the sticker from the outside and it has been used 4 times (none of which were problem free)

I think I will get a Big ole` SS immersion chiller to replace it, it just isnt worth the headache.

I just wanted to get everyone's opinion and give any potential buyers the heads up about this chiller.

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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If you don't like it, use something else.

I've got a CFC and an immersion chiller. I'd swap either one with you for it.

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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Have you ever tried using a hop bag in your system to reduce trub? I use a Shirron and a hop bag in my boil kettle and have never had an issue with clogging. Yes, you will get few bits and pieces here and there, but nothing a hot soak in PBW won't take care of.

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:09 PM   #4
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If you want to sell or trade, I'm interested.

Are you using a hopstopper?

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:14 PM   #5
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+1 for using a hop bag. I use a generic 30 plate chiller. Bag for pellets, and a false bottom for whole leaf. Never a clog. Gravity fed with only about 1 inch of drop.

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:25 PM   #6
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I tried a hop bag for pellets once, and it failed miserably, they just escaped the bag.

I dont have a hopstopper, but im not sure that I could get one effectively attached due to the condtion of the inside bit of my bulkhead, I ruined the threads trying to get it tight enough to not leak. I emailed Austin homebrew to see about a refund on the chiller.

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:38 PM   #7
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I tried a hop bag for pellets once, and it failed miserably, they just escaped the bag.

I dont have a hopstopper, but im not sure that I could get one effectively attached due to the condtion of the inside bit of my bulkhead, I ruined the threads trying to get it tight enough to not leak. I emailed Austin homebrew to see about a refund on the chiller.
Why would they give you a refund on a product that works great for so many people? That plate chiller is coveted by many! Sorry to hear of your difficulty, but it sounds like you need to filter your wort.
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Yeah, I don't think you'll have any luck returning it after you've used it. You should be able to sell/trade it easy enough, though.

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How would you recommend I filter my wort? Its not just hops that clog it, Its hot and cold break as well, and cold break forms IN the chiller if ive got the right idea about what cold break is.

I only used 2 oz. of pellet hops on yesterday's brew, that should not clog anything up.

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Sorry bro' but you don't get a refund for not knowing what you are doing. If you do, it'll be a first and extremely generous on the part of AHB.

I had used the Shirron for a couple years with no issues before I upgraded to the Therminator. I have only ever twice used leaf hops in my history of brewing. All I use is the famed paint strainer hop sock but, I do recirculate at the end of boil to try to get break collected inside the hop sock.

Sounds like you need better focus on hop and break management.

Also, how are you cleaning the chiller between brews. that, IMO, is the only downside to brazed plate chillers is that it takes a LOT more to clean them. Try baking the chiller at 350*f for 2-3 hours. That should turn anything inside the chiller to ash and make it easier to clear.

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