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Old 09-29-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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i know there is more to using a plate chiller than that meets the eyes, i have been told there needs to be some sore of hops filter or something else that you have to use.

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Old 09-29-2009, 10:43 PM   #2
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The fear is that there are lots of nooks inside those things for gunk to trap in. No one has yet to pony up and risk slicing their chillers to prove exactly how much. Because they work too good.

However, logically, you'd do good to minimalize teh potential for a clog mid chill so, you need to filter hops and hot trub as best as possible. Most, including myself, use a simple paint strainer bag application made into a hop sock.

Periodically, I follow this up with a heavy dose of caustic cleaner.

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Old 09-29-2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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+1 on some form of strainer bag. After chilling I flush my chiller in both directions and have yet to see anything nasty coming out of it. I usually run some oxyclean & then sanitizer through it just to be sure.

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Old 09-30-2009, 04:12 AM   #4
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This one will work great but was originally intended for paint sstainer bags. I found a better alternative for the paint stainer bags and they are pictured below. Your plate chiller will never clog with hops (whole or pellets).



I have found a better alternative to the paint strainer bags for Lil' Sparky's hop filter gadget. I use the 150 micron Polyester Multifiliment version of these:



http://www.filterbags.com/filter_bag_pricing.htm

The Polyester Multifiliment version is good to 300* F and you can load the heck out of them with pellet hops.

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Old 10-01-2009, 01:18 AM   #5
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The fear is that there are lots of nooks inside those things for gunk to trap in. No one has yet to pony up and risk slicing their chillers to prove exactly how much. Because they work too good.

However, logically, you'd do good to minimalize teh potential for a clog mid chill so, you need to filter hops and hot trub as best as possible. Most, including myself, use a simple paint strainer bag application made into a hop sock.

Periodically, I follow this up with a heavy dose of caustic cleaner.
GilaminumBeer,

never know what people have.... Got this pic from work.

lots of little spots for stuff to get stuck. "Real" breweries use gasketed plate heat exchangers that can be taken apart and cleaned. Waiting for a "reject" from work to get a hold of one of those.

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Old 10-02-2009, 05:59 PM   #6
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Wow -- I always wondered what the inside of one of these looks like !!

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Old 10-02-2009, 06:33 PM   #7
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Double wow, nothing like I envisioned, much smaller crevices. Now I am really glad I filter the heck out of my wort when I chill it.

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Good on you Buffalo, finally someone has the image.

I have to say, they are as I expected them to be. I have also seen the plate and frame chillers used in industry and they aren't pretty (in the context of nooks and crannies).

I am glad to finally see the section of one of these things. and am still confident that a periodic recirculated dose of diluted Nitric will erradicate any potential buildups in my Therminator.

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I'm probably going to end up using a brazed or welded unit when I get my brutus built. I'm not sure if the "scrunched" portion of the cooler got that way when they cut it open or if they are that way. The plates have many strategically laid out ripples to maximize the surface area and cooling capacity. I would be more worried about plugging it up than having bugs in there after cleaning, sanitizing and running hot wort through to heat sanitize it.

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If you are using a plate chiller and use just a hop bag for your hops should you be using anything else to filter out the trub?

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