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Old 04-27-2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default chilling 30 gallons: whirlpool IC or plate chiller

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I'm designing a 1 bbl (31 gallon) set up with a 55 gallon blichmann (yeah, bling, bling) and am considering a plate or immersion/whirlpool JZ style chiller option. What would you do? I'm wondering if 50' of 1/2 inch ic would do 30 gallons quickly - that'd be my preference, but a nice second option would the a therminator type. Pump, of course. Opinions?

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Old 04-27-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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I would go with a stainless Whirlpool IC.

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Old 04-27-2009, 07:37 PM   #3
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hmm, that's a good idea. Would you use the whole 100'?
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oh wait, then there's the whole welding stainless thing. I was hoping to just sweat pieces or buy it outright and weld on the whirlpool adapter.
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I think so. 50' is usual to use for a 10 gallon batch, So I would think you would want to double it for a double batch.
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I am using compression fittings in my setup. Then you have the option to remove the coil occasionally for cleaning.
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I have a 31 gallon setup, I use the therminator. Seems to do pretty good.

I recirculate the wort until it reaches 140F then transfer it to the fermenter. (its usually in the high 60s when its being transfered)
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jordan, nice set up - i checked your gallery. Do you do lagers at all? How's your cold break? 'preciate the comments all.

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I think I'd go with a big plate chiller. You can get a generic chiller on ebay with more HEX capacity than a Therminator for pretty cheap.

Here's a 50 plate chiller w/ 3/4" fittings for $149. That's a great price for a chiller that size.

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I havent brewed a lager yet. Although, I just built a fermentation chamber so I'll do it pretty soon.

As far as the cold break, I use a paint strainer on the end of my hose going into the fermenter to catch anything, then I dump the trub on my conical the next day.


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