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Old 09-03-2011, 02:47 AM   #1
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So......my bro just picked up a new plate chiller and we tried it tonight....worst brew night ever. After we would run sanatizer through it.....we'd hook up the wort and immediately get an air lock. After taking everything apart, sucking sanatizer and wort into my mouth, and a mildly boiled thumb....we finally got it to work. Are there any secrets to avoiding the air lock?



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Old 09-03-2011, 02:51 AM   #2
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Are you using a pump or are you trying to gravity drain through it?



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Old 09-03-2011, 03:18 AM   #3
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We r using a pump

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Old 09-03-2011, 06:48 AM   #4
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Do you have the chiller before or after the pump?

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Prime the pump and output hose with wort prior to connecting to the chiller.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:55 PM   #6
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We have the pump before the chiller. We had the pump primed, the air lock seemed to be in the chiller.

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We have the pump before the chiller. We had the pump primed, the air lock seemed to be in the chiller.

I have never had this problem. I also never prime anything with the chiller not hooked up. Just make sure the chiller it higher then your pump and it should push any air right out.
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Put the chiller after the pump, shouldn't have any problems then.

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:34 AM   #9
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As stated above, make sure the pump is primed, and make sure the chiller is slightly above the pump.

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:44 AM   #10
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Used my pump and plate chiller last night. Had the kettle on the burner, above the level of the pump. Primed the pump, had the chiller in line, recirculated boiling wort through the plate chiller to sanitize a few minutes before flame-out (no need for StarSan that way). The plate chiller is at the same level as the pump, with a short length of silicone tubing connecting it (all QD's)...

This was the second time I've gone this route, and it worked even better than the first time. I also found that I can get the wort flowing into primary and turn off the pump. The flow was sufficient to keep everything going. I would use the pump from time to time, since I had to really slow down the wort out flow (ground water was annoyingly warm last night).

Next time, unless the ground water has cooled down enough, I'll probably run the chill water through the plate chiller after flame-out but recirculate back into the kettle until it's at a lower temperature. Then I'll run it into primary, chilling the rest of the way. IMO, that's where having a good pump really comes into it's own.



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