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Old 04-03-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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I've seen several other people posting about Jamil's Whirlpool Immersion Chiller, but I've just gotta say, this has improved my beer noticeably.

It chills very quickly and can chill down to 50^F easy. I don't have to worry about sanitizing my CFC. My late hop additions are much more pronounced in an IPA I recently made, compared to previous batches.

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Old 04-03-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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How are you transfering from your boil kettle to your fermenter after using this method?

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Old 04-05-2010, 04:36 AM   #3
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I use a pump to recirculate and then the same pump to go to my fermenter. Will take pics of my setup tomorrow.

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Old 04-05-2010, 10:34 PM   #4
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That would be great. I am thinking about also upgrading to this method and am unsure if I want to go with a plate or possiblu a CFC.

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Sorry about the delay. Here's a pic of how I do it.



At the bottom of the ice bucket of there's an aquarium pump like this. Start off with a big bag's worth of ice (I use my freezer and accumulate a big bag over the week leading up to brew day). For the first 10 minutes or so (of a 5 gallon batch) I don't return the hot water from the IC to the ice bucket--I direct that into another bucket or my mash tun for cleaning. After that 10 minutes (or whenever the water returning from the IC is about 120 or so) I start returning to the ice.

I've built several CFCs and used the heck out of them. They're nice, but this is nicer. You cool the whole wort down much quicker than you would with a CFC. With a CFC you'd be leaving a big amount of your wort at near boiling temps for a long time.

Here's some great info on this.

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Old 04-08-2010, 04:29 AM   #6
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You have the line coming back in labeled "cooled wort return"- are you using both a CFC and an immersion chiller?

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Sorry, that's obviously wrong. Just wort return, minus the cooled.

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Thanks for the correction Mac. I edited the pic to fix the problem and hopefully make it a little clearer.

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I been using the JZ whirlpool for awhile now and I love it. I don't need the ice to get my beer down to 60F my well water works just fine. I am going to hard plumb my kettle with a quick disconnect and get rid of the long copper piece the goes inside the chiller. When chilling is done I will whirlpool again to "Try" and get a hop cone in the middle.

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i'm definitely on board with trying the whirlpool circulation. just need a pump!

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