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Old 07-14-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Jockey Box Plate vs. coils

I'm working on putting together a jockey box and trying to decide on whether to go with a cold plate or coils. For my uses a plate chiller should work fine, in terms of volume. I'm concerned about the fact that I'll mostly be using it in hot climates and I know with a plate the keg should be kept cool.

What I'm wondering, is if I got a 6 pass (12 port) and had 3 kegs on tap if I could run it through once and then back into the chiller a second time for each keg. So for each keg ambient temp beer would go from the keg into the chiller, then cooled beer would come out of the chiller, then back into it a second time for further cooling.

Is this crazy? Would it work to cool warm beer? Should I just go with coils?

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Old 07-16-2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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are you actually talking about a "plate chiller" like the Shirron or Therminator here? (sorry... I am just confused about how that would work.)

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No, I'm talking about a cold plate, like this: https://morebeer.com/view_product/16154

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Walker you need another avatar that one is disturbing.



He talking about using a standard plate. Where there are 6 circuits. He is is thinking of daisy-chaining two circuits. Essentially doubling the length. This would make a 6 circuit into a 3 with added cooling capacity.

I can't tell you if you could forgo the icing down of the keg. Look at the typical coils on the market and see what lengths are available.

The standard 2-cuircuit plate is 18', so you would make it 36'. Check to see the length on the 6 circuit plate.

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Ah... Ok. So that plate you linked two actually has two separate channels through it, and you are propsing connecting those two channels serially so that the beer flows through the plate twice before getting to the tap?

Seems like it would work to me. Not sure why "keg should be kept cool" (quoting you) for this the plate. Is that because there is less surface area compared to an actual coil? If so, then I think looping through the plate twice would probably correct that issues, wouldn't it?

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Dude! I just changed it the other day!

It used to be this hideous thing:
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Plates require cool beer. 50F to serve at 44F. This according to the mfg'r.

Alot of the at depends on how fast you serve the beer. I'm going to assume this is if you have a constant flow of beer in the lines.

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I think this is the extreme. If you have warm 65F beer you can get cold beer from the chiller if it sits in the line for awhile, but how long or how many can be served before its too warm to be appetizing.

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Plates require cool beer. 50F to serve at 44F. This according to the mfg'r.
Holy cow! No way I would pay $129 for something that is going to cool my beer 6*F.
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Holy cow! No way I would pay $129 for something that is going to cool my beer 6*F.
That would be beerS. And that is 6F at a continuous flow, which isnt too bad. Running through twice might be tough, but I am sure doable, and would double this number. Take the continuous flow out of the equation and I would say you are good to go so long as the keg isn't in direct sunlight and is below 80F. For continuous flow, you need a 120ft coil. For mostly continuous, you would need a 90. For sparing pours, I'd say your setup would work.
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