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Old 12-03-2010, 04:40 AM   #1
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Default IC v. CFC v. Plate v. Whirlpool

I'm sure there's a thread or 20 in here discussing this, but I can't find it (not a definitive one, that is). I'm going to upgrade my IC (which is too small) and can't decide if I should just make a bigger one, go CFC, plate or Jamil whirlpool. Thoughts?

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plate Chiller is > CFC > IC > Ice bath

there you have it if you have money for a Plater chiller get it, if not a CFC is next best , than an IC, followed up by and Ice bath

whirlpool just puts the trub in a nice cone shape in the center of the keg


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To be honest, Id go Jamil Whirlpool or something similar if you already have an IC. I bought a plate chiller from kegcowboy, then after they dicked around for 3 weeks with them being out of stock (and still taking orders for them) and me begging for my money back, finally did so. Best worst luck Ive ever had. I spent the money on a new weldless fitting and whirlpool attachment (so the whirlpool attaches to the keg instead of the IC like Jamils). Since the whirlpool is constantly moving the wort around, it cools down extremely quick. Plus then you dont have to worry about keepin the plate chiller clean, getting clogs etc.

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whirl-pooling while using an IC helps cool the wort faster. I used a IC and while whirl-pooling and ice bath (packed 5 gal bucket of snow from outside) 210F to 55F in 12 min! although it was only a 5 gal partial boil

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plate Chiller is > CFC > IC > Ice bath

there you have it if you have money for a Plater chiller get it, if not a CFC is next best , than an IC, followed up by and Ice bath

whirlpool just puts the trub in a nice cone shape in the center of the keg


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I can gravity feed with my CFC, not sure that I could with a plate chiller.....

I can still updgrade to pumps if I want, but right now I can chill 11 gallons of wort in about 14 minutes with my gravity fed CFC...

I think it's more of a function of 1) your set up, 2) your tap water temp, 3) your budget
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IC with whirlpool cools extremely fast.

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CFC here, better with a pump, still great with gravity. With 70F gray water for cooling my 25' cfc gets me down to 72 using gravity in about 15 mins for 5 gals. In the winter when the rain barrels are COLD I can do 5 gals in about 10 mins running it all out on wort, and seriously throttling back the cold water.

Edit: Plate chillers are more efficient in terms of space, maybe better at water usage, but CFC's don't clog and are easy to clean, just run boiling water through after chilling, and fill with starsan from kettle right before the boil. Better yet, recirc your cfc into the kettle for about 10 mins at flameout, then into the fermenter. Whirlpools, sanitizes, and starts cooling all in one!

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Pump through a DIY CFC and back to the BK in a continuous loop. Cooling is very fast, but how fast depends largely on the temp of the cooling water. Never have clogging problems with my CFC.

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Bumping this thread...

So, are you guys worried about getting break material and hops into your fermenter? I try to leave as much as I can behind. Even with my pickup tube I still get a lot, which is what has me leaning towards the Jamil rig.

Should this be a concern or is it one of the many things in this hobby that is preference or some perpetuated myth/worry?

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So, are you guys worried about getting break material and hops into your fermenter? I try to leave as much as I can behind. Even with my pickup tube I still get a lot, which is what has me leaning towards the Jamil rig.

Should this be a concern or is it one of the many things in this hobby that is preference or some perpetuated myth/worry?
Quoting myself from a similar thread, (sorry to others rereading my drivel)

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I make 11 gal batches in my keggle and put 5.5 gal into each fermenter. When I transfer, I typically get 1 carboy with clear wort, and a second carboy full of hot break, cold break, hops, and other sludge. They both get the same yeast pitched into them, and ferment the same. I've tracked the beers through my kegerator and not noticed a bit of difference between the clean one and the trubby one...so no worries on my part.
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