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Old 05-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #11
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I used to live in Michigan, cold weather and water. I like the big beers and I am concerned about hops clogging the chiller. Are hops an issue with the plate chiller?

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #12
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I used to live in Michigan, cold weather and water. I like the big beers and I am concerned about hops clogging the chiller. Are hops an issue with the plate chiller?
Whole cone hops can, yes. I made that mistake once. Use either pellets or whole cones in a hop bag with a lot of room for them to move around.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:52 PM   #13
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Your just not using your IC right! Trust me on this- I've used counterflow of both types and I've recently returned to a copper IC because it is easier to clean and just as efficient:

1. Make sure your source water faucet is on full blast when chilling.

2. Agitate the IC and/or wort the entire time you chill.

I have an almost exact setup as yours (10" banjo, copper IC) and I can chill 11 gallons to groundwater temp in 15-18 minutes.

Re: burner - there is no way you shouldn't be be able to get a raging boil with that burner; make sure it's setup right (there are videos on YouTube).

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #14
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A lot of people use the same burner with keggles. You either have the flame setup wrong or the pressure in your propane tank is low.

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #15
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There was a light breeze, maybe it was enough to disturb the flames heat path. Hmmm...

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:08 AM   #16
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another issue could be this....
if you open the valve too fast, the pressure coming out of the tank will be slow to very light (it's a safety feature). i've had that happen to me and other people. try turning off your tank and then disconnect the burner. wait about 2-3 minutes.
connect the burner and make sure the regulator is set to off
open the valve on the tank all the way and slowly open the regulator and see what happens.

that burner should be able to boil way more then 10 gallons with ease.

with the chilling.
stir the wort around while it's going.
i use a pump and recirc with a 25' immersion chiller... this works in about 10-15 minutes for a 10 gallon batch.
Just make sure to have it on full blast and stir stir stir

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Old 05-24-2013, 02:44 AM   #17
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In the spring when my water is cold, I have no issues with an IC. However as the water warms, it takes too long to cool so I made a 2nd IC and shotgunned them together. First one goes into an ice bath. Then a short length of hose connects to my brew kettle IC. Instant cold water. Not sure if that'd work for your situation but just throwing it out there. Helps that I'm doing 5 gallon batches.

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:16 PM   #18
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have you adjusted the air intake on your burner? you want to set it to were you can just barely see a blue flame. if you are seeing a yellow flame then its not set properly. doing this will drastically help with heating.

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Stir the wort continuously while chilling, and stir in the opposite direction of water flow. Ie. if water is exiting in a counter-clockwise direction, stir clockwise. Stirring DRASTICALLY reduces chill times.

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To eliminate the possibility of buying even more uneeded stuff, give your IC a load of ice, salt and water to pump through the chiller when your ready. A small inexpensive pond pump in a pail with holes will strain the ice chunks and allow you to pump pure chilled salt water. I would think 10 minutes is well within a reachable temp range without a lot of expense or new fangled equipment. Plate chillers are nice, but......what happens if they get clogged. My ground water is 72 year round and I chill a 5 gallon batch in about 10 min or less now. The added cooling from the ice and salt should offset the ground water temp nicely.

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