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Old 02-06-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default whirlpool port position

Right now I have a copper tube wand that I toss into my pot during whirlpool, but it flops around, so its not perfect. I want o add a port. Of some type. Is there a preferred level to put the port at? Towards the top of the liquid level, mid level, or bottom? I'm just curious if anyone has already experimented here to save me the time.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Bump. Bump. Bump. Shake. Kick. Bump.

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Old 02-21-2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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Ok. Thanks. Just wanted to reassure myself before I poke holes.

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I put mine at the top and use silicone tubing to whirlpool. It works like a charm.

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Do you have a valve on the top or is it far enough up the pot not to leak out wort?

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Hello,

I advise they be put in the bottom 3rd of the smallest batch size you do. 2-3 inches above your drain will work.
I have my copper return arm attached to the top of my immersion chiller (I used a couple strands of copper wire to fix the two together). I found it takes a little trial and error to find the angle that generates the best whirlpool...and the angle can make a huge difference.

Not from experience, but I heard concerns somewhere about the return port on the bottom as it relates to whirlpool chilling. Basically, if the return port is too close to the outlet port, you may recirculate the same wort and slow down chilling efficiency. Naturally, if you are not whirlpool chilling, this is def a non-issue.
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I'm curious, whirlpooling is done to concentrate the hop and break matter into a cone on the bottom. How do you guys deal with the suspended hops while whirlpooling? Just pump everything through the chiller and all?

Or do you use Hop bags, Spider or a Hop basket? And then whirlpool out whatever filtrated into the wort?

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I'm curious, whirlpooling is done to concentrate the hop and break matter into a cone on the bottom. How do you guys deal with the suspended hops while whirlpooling? Just pump everything through the chiller and all?

Or do you use Hop bags, Spider or a Hop basket? And then whirlpool out whatever filtrated into the wort?
I've started using a large bag for hops. It helps to keep the kettle a bit cleaner. After you whirlpool you can let it settle out for about ten or fifteen minutes so the rest of your hops and break drop out. Then you pump to your fermenter. Right now I have a copper cane that I've used to whirlpool, but it flops around and I can't use a lid on the kettle, so that's why I'm thinking of plumbing it into the side of the kettle.
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