Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Immersion Chiller w/ Electric Element

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-29-2010, 12:52 PM   #1
mcgeebc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 90
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Immersion Chiller w/ Electric Element

Is anyone using an immersion chiller or HERMS coil with an electric system? Do you do anything to prevent it from sitting right on the element?

__________________
mcgeebc is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
SweetSounds
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Posts: 1,429
Liked 17 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I've got an IC right now, but I'm switching to a CFC in the electric rig. There's a thread or 2 about this here somewhere, but as I recall, some people have made legs on the IC to stand it off the bottom and over the element. Others have made the hook at the top of the IC so it hangs on the side of the kettle and holds it above the element.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecnerwal View Post
What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
SweetSounds is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2010, 01:32 PM   #3
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 42,543
Liked 2762 Times on 2713 Posts
Likes Given: 118

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SweetSounds View Post
some people have made legs on the IC to stand it off the bottom and over the element. Others have made the hook at the top of the IC so it hangs on the side of the kettle and holds it above the element.
Basically your options there. Support it from the bottom or suspend it at the top. You could also have the to posts at the top going through the keg wall with connections on the outside so it held it up high enough.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo
IrregularPulse is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2010, 01:51 PM   #4
wildwest450
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 9,099
Liked 164 Times on 149 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Here's how to keep a herms coil above the element. Not a popular choice, but i'd rather trash a lid than a pot. An immersion chiller just isn't a good option for electric. Trust me, it hurts to say that, as I despise counter flow and plate chillers. You just lose to much cooling area by suspending one above the element.


__________________
wildwest450 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2010, 02:05 PM   #5
CodeRage
Death by Magumba!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CodeRage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Fl
Posts: 2,254
Liked 29 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

When I was using an IC, I just set that bastard right on top of the element. Never had an issue.

__________________
Brutus 20e build | Electrical Primer for Brewers | Auber SYL-2362A2 PID Install & Config
So as I am walking out the door this morning I think to my self:
"self, going to work on Monday is like knowing you're going to get kicked in the nuts. You just don't know when or by who"
CodeRage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2010, 02:55 PM   #6
wildwest450
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 9,099
Liked 164 Times on 149 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CodeRage View Post
When I was using an IC, I just set that bastard right on top of the element. Never had an issue.
I tried that, but it put my chiller half way up the wort, not very efficient.
__________________
wildwest450 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2010, 03:56 PM   #7
CoalCracker
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CoalCracker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Macungie, Pa
Posts: 1,589
Liked 100 Times on 63 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

My IC is also my Herms coil. I placed the coil on the bottom of the keg and then threaded the elements through the coil. 4 batches and it's fine. I circulate ice water through it when I cool the wort.

__________________
CoalCracker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2010, 11:53 AM   #8
mazultav
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Fremont NH, NH
Posts: 85
Default

if you had too, you could mount your element vertically in the bottom of the vessel. then the coils could go all the way to the bottom. You would just have to be more cautious of exposing the heating element to air.

__________________

two pints homebrew
kegs...............none :(
carboys...........Brass Knuckle Ale, Rustic Black Porter
hopville.

"buy the ticket, take the ride, no sympathy for the devil."
-Hunter S Thompson

mazultav is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heating element questions Patirck Electric Brewing 36 04-20-2012 12:18 PM
my take on covering the heating element connections Broncobum Electric Brewing 30 11-05-2010 06:25 PM
Where did you get your heating element? CircleC-Brewer Electric Brewing 20 10-29-2010 02:26 PM
Stock gasket on heater element BulldogBrewer Electric Brewing 8 10-29-2010 01:52 AM
Did I just ruin my element? dboblitt Electric Brewing 3 10-11-2010 06:02 PM