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Old 10-05-2009, 02:47 PM   #11
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IMHO Plate Chillers are the most efficient at chilling wort.
Ha, no need to preface a fact as your opinion.

OP, the 30 plate model is equivalent in volume and surface area to the blichmann therminator, for less than half the price.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:55 PM   #12
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I run Acid #5 through mine every couple of runs. Lots of folks do bake theirs for cleaning. IIRC, the Therminator used to include instructions for doing that but, not any more. Not sure why.

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that said, I am thrilled with my Therminator! and I ran a shirron for nearly 2 years prior to stepping up to more plates. I should have kept my shirron to rig as a pre-chiller. Doh!

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:52 PM   #13
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baking it sounds like an interesting idea. they say its brazed together and copper braze melts at like 1400 degrees, your over on self clean gets to maybee 800 or 900 degrees. thats seems like it could possibly work.

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:56 PM   #14
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Ha, no need to preface a fact as your opinion.

OP, the 30 plate model is equivalent in volume and surface area to the blichmann therminator, for less than half the price.

on that model, it says theirs 3/4" npt (which i familiar with) and 3/8" sweat fitting. what the hell is a sweat fitting? does that mean it needs to be welded?
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:01 PM   #15
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You can silver solder it but I'd recommend holding out for an all-threaded one.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:11 PM   #16
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on that model, it says theirs 3/4" npt (which i familiar with) and 3/8" sweat fitting. what the hell is a sweat fitting? does that mean it needs to be welded?
a sweat fitting is a term for a soldered connection. No threads on it.
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:28 PM   #17
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I'm just going to ask this:

Why four holes? Is the cold water going inside the chiller? I thought you immersed the plate.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:32 PM   #18
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I have about a hundred batches on my therminator... Obviously I love the dang thing!

It lives in three places and three places only.

When not in use, I take it straight off of Brutus, flush it with my 10 gals of ice water from the HLT used from cooling, drain it for a small bit and put it straight into a sub friggin cold deep freezer to freeze solid until next brew day.

Right before a brew I thaw it out, I flush it with hose water and let it sit in a bucket of StarSan for an hour or so until I need it for chilling...

That's it really. About every four batches or so, or once a month I will bake it in the oven at 500 for an hour for safe measure.

This thing has had a hell of a life. Like I say, about a hundred batches from me alone, and I got it well used from an avid brewer friend of mine that had to get out of the hobby!

As for the hops, I use bags myself along with my full false bottom... Old habits I guess!

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:33 PM   #19
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I have used the 30 plate version about 12 times now. It is fantastic.

I use Bobby_M's hop filter that I built. It is probably one of the absolute best additions to my system. I just brewed a 12 gallon batch on Saturday with 9oz of hops in the boil. Pellet hops, added directly to the boil. I would say that less than 1% of the solids in the kettle made it to the fermenter. It is AMAZING. I used to have some clogging issues with my plate chiller. No longer. In fact, when back flushing it, I did not see any solids coming out. Previously there was a ton. I now consider the filter nothing short of essential on brew day. I was using a false bottom previously.
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1. To prepare the chiller, I place it in an extra pot full of water and boil it on brew day. Super easy, fast, and 100% effective.
2. To clean it, I just put the hose up to the port and flush it out. Reverse a couple of times, then hang from the edge of a bucket to dry.
3. When using it, I make sure to run boiling wort though it for a minute or so before turning on the garden hose water adding an extra sanitation step.

Flowing at full steam with 70F garden hose water, the chiller brings the wort down to 80-85F as fast as I can pump it out of the kettle.

12+ brews though it with no issues.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:37 PM   #20
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I'm just going to ask this:

Why four holes? Is the cold water going inside the chiller? I thought you immersed the plate.
Cold water runs through on side of a plate while the wort runs on the other side giving a large area of contact. Immersing the plate would do next to nothing IMO.

I have 1/2" npt 30 plate chiller. My QD's for wort are on one side and I found some nice brass 1/2" to garden hose connectors at an industrial supply house for fluid supplies.
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