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Old 05-23-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default Plate Chiller Setup

Here is my setup with the plate chiller (it is much like the one pictured here - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/plate-chiller-w-thermometer-311479/ but with some different garden fittings) -


Water In: Garden Hose Fitting (shipped with the Plate Chiller) -> Gooseneck Shutoff -> Male Quick-Connect (Female Quick-Connect hooked up to garden hose)
Water Out: Spare 1/2" Female NPT to Barb (I had this laying around from my brewstand fittings but the Hose Barbs shipped with the Plate Chiller would work as well) -> Spare Siphon Tubing
Wort In: Camlock Type A
Wort Out: Camlock Type A (thermocouple attaches to this)
Thermocouple: Camlock Type B -> 1/2" NPT Tee -> Thermometer -> Camlock Type F


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Old 05-23-2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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Nice. There are many different configurations that I pondered when I put my plate chiller together. My goals were to provide flexibility to connect the water in to either a garden hose or submersible pump with ice water, use the same connectors as my water filter setup, and be able to reverse flow easily to clean and sanitize. Here is what I came up with:



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Old 05-23-2012, 08:42 PM   #3
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Very nice idea using the Camlock A directly on the chiller. I put a Tee on the output, then a Camlock F on the Tee. Yours is a better solution, I'll be switching mine to match.

The nice thing about the Camlocks is that it makes back flushing trivial.

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Very nice. Thanks for sharing this. ONLY thing I would do different is not use a cam lock on the water exhaust. But I will use the rest of this setup for my own system. I was thinking standard garden hose QD's from HD or Lowe's for that. Will consider the elbows, but my system is still not defined. Thanks again! Very informative post Sir!

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Old 09-14-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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You're welcome!

I think you might be referring to rack04's post about the camlock on water out, i use a hose barb with some siphon tubing.

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I think you might be referring to rack04's post about the camlock on water out, i use a hose barb with some siphon tubing.
That's actually the water in. I use it that way because I can use the same adapter piece that I use for my water filter. It has a male garden hose quick disconnect on one side and a barbed female cam lock on the other.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:44 AM   #7
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Nice looking chillers guys. I've been using an immersible for years and I've had a DudaDiesel chiller in my ebay watch list for a year now...I just keep renewing it. I may pull the trigger this year. I watched Lonnie's Brutus video on youtube and I liked how he chilled using a 2-step process.

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The only thing I'd change is using a digital on the output rather than a slow bimetal. It's really hard to dial flow in when you have a reaction delay.

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The only thing I'd change is using a digital on the output rather than a slow bimetal. It's really hard to dial flow in when you have a reaction delay.

Please explain how you connected the digital thermometer to the 1/2" NPT. Never mind I found it on your website. Good idea.
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Please explain how you connected the digital thermometer to the 1/2" NPT. Never mind I found it on your website. Good idea.
And where did he purchse such Digital Thermometer ?
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