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Old 11-30-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Keggle Whirlpool?

Has anyone installed this fitting on their Keggle for creating a Whirlpool? How are the results? At what liquid level is it best to install?

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=151

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:32 PM   #2
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I haven't used that specific fitting, but I have made my own and the results of a 10-minute whirlpool are outstanding. I've stopped using hop bags for pellet hops, in fact.



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Old 11-30-2010, 02:45 PM   #3
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You mean like this:



It works fabulously!

Here are the results after brewing a cream ale.



I've since switched the inlet and outlet about. They are roughly at the same height up from the kettle bottom.

I don't cool in the kettle. I whirlpool for 10 min. Let it rest for 10 and then send it through my CFC chiller to the fermenter.

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I'm confused as to why you whirlpool?

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Old 11-30-2010, 03:03 PM   #5
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It's to move all of the particulate matter into a cone in the center of the kettle. Then you have a pickup tube on the side to avoid picking this up. Makes for a cleaner beer.

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Ok I'm running into a problem with using my Immersion chiller. I get a good cold break but have alot of sediment stirred up as I stir to to equilize the temp to get a good reading.

I essentially negate the Immersion chiller it seems. Would doing this help?

Looked like this after transfering.



Was an american light

(it was only my first time using the IC)

Did have a good amount of trub in the bottom of the BK though

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I just got one...it works great. I mostly just use it to speed up the cooling process since it pushes the wort around the immersion chiller. After I have cooled as far as I want to go, I then pull out the immersion chiller and whirlpool for a few minutes more, then turn it off and let it sit as long as I can (impatient sometimes).

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ahh so after I chill with the IC I should let the wert hang out for a bit to settle? I'm scared of getting contaminates in my beer. :-(

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so could i do the following.

keggle one = BK
keggle two = whirlpool attachment.

after boil is done I gravity feed from BK through CFC into Keggle #2 using whirlpool attachment, then aerate into Carboy for Fermentation

im just trying to figure out how 3 keggles come into play when brewing. I currently have 2 keggles in the making. I have a Igloo cube cooler I can turn into a mash container for AG brews.

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You can have as many keggles as you want

Spend some time researching old school pro brewing systems. You can have one keggle just for heating and containing hot water (Hot Liquor Tank). You can have one just to mash in (Mash Tun). You can have one just to lauter in (Lauter Tun). Most smaller systems combine the mash and lauter in one so you have the Mash/Lauter Tun (MLT).

Then there is the brew kettle (BK). You can have a separate whirlpool tank but again, most combine the whirlpool in the kettle. For cooling, breweries used to use cool ships to allow the cold break to settle before being forced cooled with plate heat exchangers.

Now, most whirlpool in the kettle, allow to wort to rest from between 10- 45 mins and then force cool and send it to the fermenter with in-line oxygenation.

If you are using an immersion chiller, it might be a good idea to have the whirlpool outlet on a different vertical plane than the inlet. This way you can reduce the amount of temperature stratification. Or you can avoid it altogether and use a Counter Flow Chiller on the fly into your fermenter.

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