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Old 09-22-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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Whats the deal... do these work?? are they really helpful??? can i get a plus minus on these suckers... I've done plenty of research but you guys can't seem to get your story straight!

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Yes they work, the plate chillers that we use for brewing are really just smaller versions of what the big boys use.

Some are worried about cleaning them but I've yet to have a problem with mine.

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Yes they work, the plate chillers that we use for brewing are really just smaller versions of what the big boys use.

Some are worried about cleaning them but I've yet to have a problem with mine.
I agree. I was terrified about keeping my Therminator clean. They are not the easiest thing to clean especially if you have a bunch of post boil crap. Constant flushing through the Hot side back and forth from one fitting to the other gets the crud out eventually.

Maybe a dozen or so batches through mine and no problems. Just follow the directions on cleaning and you should be Okay. besides the cool like a Mutha.
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Here's a video of a guy on YouTube who got a plate chiller for $82 shipped. It has more plates than the Shirron but less than the Therminator. Maybe worth checking out.

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I just ordered a 30 plate from KC. That "5 minutes to 68*F or so" thing convinced me.

Though, now I need a pump, QD's, hoses, fittings...

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do you really need a pump and all the rest of the stuff?

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do you really need a pump and all the rest of the stuff?
No, you don't have to have it. Well, you needs hoses and connectors.

You can use gravity instead of a pump for the wort, and use a garden hose connected to the tap for cooling water.

The pump for the wort, a submersible pump for ice water, and quick disconnects just make it work better, or easier to use.
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Whats the deal... do these work?? are they really helpful??? can i get a plus minus on these suckers... I've done plenty of research but you guys can't seem to get your story straight!
Yeah, you can ask two brewer a question, and get five different opinions... Using a plate chiller is ok if you like doubling your clean up time and dropping the coins. I speak from experience. I have a Therminator. I backflush like hell, then drop it into a pressure cooker, then bag it to make sure it's ready for the next brew. Often i have to back flush before i can finish the cool down. In a word, it's a PITA.
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Yeah, you can ask two brewer a question, and get five different opinions... Using a plate chiller is ok if you like doubling your clean up time and dropping the coins. I speak from experience. I have a Therminator. I backflush like hell, then drop it into a pressure cooker, then bag it to make sure it's ready for the next brew. Often i have to back flush before i can finish the cool down. In a word, it's a PITA.
I would be curious to hear how you are filtering out your hops. Those that use a good hop bag don't seem to have the same problems you're describing.
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Yeah, you can ask two brewer a question, and get five different opinions... Using a plate chiller is ok if you like doubling your clean up time and dropping the coins. I speak from experience. I have a Therminator. I backflush like hell, then drop it into a pressure cooker, then bag it to make sure it's ready for the next brew. Often i have to back flush before i can finish the cool down. In a word, it's a PITA.
Have you ever had any infections traceable to your plate chiller?
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