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Old 11-29-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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I cant get my plate chiller to drain into my carboy. I have a keggle with dip tube i have the keggle higher the chiller and the carboy lower than the chiller. The wort will flow from the keggle to the plate chiller but wont come out of the plate chiller to carboy.

This continues to happen there has been a time or two in which it has work out just fine.

Any advice on how to get it to work everytime will helpful

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Are you using a pump?

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:14 PM   #3
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:35 PM   #4
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Which plate chiller are you using, hose I'd, and such? If possibld can you post a picture of your setup?

Before I used a pump, I had the plate chiller (Rebel ChillHog 4000) on the table, several inches below the valve and kettle bottom. I had the hose run into the fermenter from there. You want some slack in thd hoses, but not too much. If possible, have the hose going to the chiller ib side an arc (even flow) and then have the out hose from the cbiller always lower than that hose. Although with enough of a drop from the kettle to the chiller, and then from the chiller to the fermenter, it should flow easily.

Are you bagging your hops? Maybe the chiller is getting blockage from hop matter.

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I use to gravity feed like that.

Plate chillers hate pellet hops and will clog. Do you have loose hops in the kettle?

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I can't say I've ever tried a plate chiller without a pump. So I probably can't help. I would have guessed it couldn't be done or would be very difficult to do.

I'd imagine you'd have to have that keg up extremely high to get it to flow all of the way through the chiller.

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Plate chillers hate pellet hops and will clog. Do you have loose hops in the kettle?
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I can't say I've ever tried a plate chiller without a pump. So I probably can't help. I would have guessed it couldn't be done or would be very difficult to do.

I'd imagine you'd have to have that keg up extremely high to get it to flow all of the way through the chiller.
I concur, plate chillers hate chunky stuff. It is definitely possible to gravity feed a plate chiller, that's how I do it. The trick is having enough drop from the chiller to the carboy to get a good siphon started. I want to say I have about an 8-9" drop from the chiller to the carboy. I haven't found the distance from the keg to the chiller to matter so much.
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whirlpool heavily before you start the flow, and make sure no particulate matter enters the flow. Plate chillers have very low tolerance for anything other than clean liquid. This may mean disconnecting the dip tube on your boil kettle or fashioning a new one that stays away from center (where the whirlpooled junk goes), so you get a clean draw from the sides, and account for your volume loss when brewing.

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I use a Shiron Plate chiller. I thought, that cooking it in the oven (as I've read on this site) and boiling would clean it well enough. Man, was I wrong. I bought some PBW and soaked it in a solution of 2 gallons of warm water and 6 (count em' six) tablespoons of PBW for 48 hours. The gunk that came out of that thing was disgusting. Wouldn't you know that my flow rate increased like it was new. Now, I use a submersible pump after every use, and pump PBW through it (15 Min each direction). Also, I now whirpool (2 dollar paint stirrer that I picked up at WM and use it with my drill) and use a hop spider (search it on this site). Now that I do all that, and with the use of my submersible pump in a tub of ice water, to cool the wort, I get from the boil to 60 degrees in one pass, with the valve on my brew kettle wide open.

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Old 11-29-2011, 10:37 PM   #10
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