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Old 05-13-2014, 04:57 AM   #11
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Plate Chiller stomps the nuts of an immersion. It is more difficult to clean and is best used with a pump. If you have the means, get one.... if not, don't worry about it.

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Old 05-13-2014, 01:50 PM   #12
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I've started using my old immersion chiller as a prechiller for my plate chiller. I'm a huge fan though admittedly I finally did a BOILING PBW back flush on my plate and was a little surprised at some of the stuff it got out. If you use a hop spider or really good whirlpool, you shouldn't have much to worry about in your plate chiller.

Definitely the fastest way to chill wort with my water.

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Old 05-13-2014, 05:55 PM   #13
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The problem with plate chillers is keeping them clean. Unless you can do a hot caustic CIP, you will never get it as clean as you think.

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Old 05-13-2014, 06:02 PM   #14
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Immersion Chiller.

My last 12 gallon batch went to 42 degrees in 30 minutes.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/trip...r-pics-448915/

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Old 05-13-2014, 06:35 PM   #15
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I have been using an IC for years, it's a double coil.
When I built my single tier stand I added ports to the BK to recirculate the wort and create a whirlpool so I didn't have to stir it at all. It works great.
I like the IC for simplicity and ease of use/cleaning. When I'm done cooling, I just drop it into a bucket (that I store it in) filled with some hot water from cooling, give it a few dips, spray off with the hose if I see anything left on it and it's good to go for next time.

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The problem with plate chillers is keeping them clean. Unless you can do a hot caustic CIP, you will never get it as clean as you think.
This is exactly the reason I switched to a convoluted counterflow chiller. The plate chiller definitely cooled faster, but I typically felt like I had to disconnect my plate chiller and put it through about 30-40 minutes of the oven clean cycle to make sure all of the residue was vaporized.

With the CCC, I just run the recirculation loop with some hot PBW and it cleans that sucker very well in place.

I was chilling in about 8-10 minutes with the plate chiller, and now I'm at about 14 with the CCC using just the straight groundwater from the hose. With the hassle factor of the plate chiller, and I'm fine with waiting an additional 6-8 minutes.

The convenience is definitely the selling point of the immersion chillers as well. If you do go that route, just go ahead and spring for the 50' chiller over the standard 25', or else you'll find yourself wanting to upgrade pretty quickly! Well worth the extra $30-40.
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Immersion Chiller.



My last 12 gallon batch went to 42 degrees in 30 minutes.



http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/trip...r-pics-448915/



thanks Kevin

Hope it was a lager!


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