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Old 05-28-2007, 01:07 AM   #1
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So I just got a keggle and now I am finding that my piddly little immersion chiller isn't going to cut it for 10 Gal batches. I've pretty much decided that the Shirron Wort Plate Chiller is what I want to get due to price and the speed in which it chills the wort, but I'm not sure what else I need?

Austin Home Brew recommends the BrewVint Backflush adapter and the Blichman quick Connect fittings. I think this is all I need, but as I've never used one of these before, I'm a touch confused as to how I recirculate the wort? Where does it go? Do I just plug in a hose in one end and the wort in the other and then recirculate the wort back into the keggle?

I also have a false bottom for my keggle on the way, but is that enough to strain the hops before sending it into the Plate Chiller?

Thanks to anyone who has one of these devices that can shed some light for an AG newbie!

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I don't recirculate the wort. I pump the wort into the chiller and then into the fermenter. I adjust the flow of wort to adjust the wort temp exiting the chiller. In other words, I decrease the speed of the wort through the chiller so it will release more heat & exit the chiller at the temp I want to pitch my yeast at.

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Yeah that helps and makes sense. But you have a pump that does this right? That's what I was looking to avoid.

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Yes, I have two pumps. I went head first into AG. I'm still learning though!

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I can tell by the pics! Looking back, had I just bought that setup up front, I'd probably be even considering all I've spent on my 3, 5 and now 10 gal setup!

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I know there are probably a few folks around here that use a plate chiller on gravity but the passages are just too small to get any reasonable flow. The next step would be a DIY wort wizard which can be made from pet shop parts. It creates a vaccuum in your carboy to suck wort through the chiller. From there, March pump for just under $100.

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another thing to consider is what type of hops you are using. if you are using pellet, i think you will need to do more than just a false bottom. if you are using whole leaf, i think you would be ok, but you might have to recirculate in order to have the leaf hops set as a filter bed. i don't know though, i still use an IC

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I am still fairly new to the home brew game. I am on my 9th Batch of brew my 5th Partial Mash. What type of Chiller is best; I brew 5 gal batches once a week. Right now I am Immersing the pot in cold water and Ice to cool it down. I need something faster but not too costly.
What do you guys suggest?

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yeah, your immersion chiller is useless now. Just send it to me so you don't have to go through the pain of seeing it sit around unused and lonely.

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I don't know your price range...but maybe this will help.

This looks to be a pretty good sale. I do 5 gallon batches and everything I have read says this setup will work fine......I am sure it would help with 10 gallon batches also......

http://www.ebrew.com/wort_chillers/super_immersion_wort_chiller.htm

my local Home Brew Shop has single immersion chillers @ 16ft for $60, so to me this is a hell of a deal.

(good price on the single also for anyone looking, just not on sale at the moment)

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