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Old 05-18-2014, 04:33 AM   #11
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Good info guys. Funny, I wasn't clear in my OP as I meant to ask "why did you recirculate wort through a chiller as opposed to gravity feeding it through while pumping chilled water through it" but as it turned out I learned a lot about wort recirculation! ...That's why I appreciate this forum.

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Old 05-22-2014, 12:17 AM   #12
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Yeh, the question was a bit vague and then was hijacked.

so, I do not recirculate my wort through the chiller and then back into the kettle....

I go one pass through the Blichmann Therminator and into the fermenter.

Again, I do use a pump but it is not theoretically necessary.


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Old 05-22-2014, 12:47 AM   #13
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I got a plate chiller from a friend and before using it I heard Jamil Zainasheff say that he prefers an immersion chiller due to the fact that a plate chiller gets the part of the wort passing thru the chiller cool every quickly, but the rest of the wort still in the pot stays hot which affects how long the hops are at/near boiling temp. So given that fact, plus the fact that while brewing at a friends I saw how much fast the wort cooled when circulated back into the kettle add up to me now setting up a pump to recirc when chilling.

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Old 05-22-2014, 02:46 AM   #14
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Another + with recirculating is the cold break winds up in the kettle not the fermenter.

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Old 06-07-2014, 12:40 AM   #15
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I recirculate boiling wort to sanitize the chiller and output line.

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