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Old 02-03-2011, 06:41 PM   #11
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^^^^

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Old 02-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #12
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Kegcowboy.com and Dudadiesel.com have some plate chillers for pretty cheap. Sell a few of these cold plates in the classified section here and you should be golden!


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Old 02-03-2011, 06:44 PM   #13
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Yeah but a cold plate like that is easily $150+ as well. If you can't find someone to trade you, you should still be able to SELL it and get enough money to buy a real plate chiller.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:45 PM   #14
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You don't need to spend that much. I just bought a 40-plate chiller from Keg Cowboy for <$100. 40 plates is really overkill, anyway, you can get a 30 for like $72. Someone in the classifieds section was selling a Shirron chiller (I think) for $50.

What do you chill with now? For a lot of people, counterflow chillers or even simple immersion chillers are a good choice.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:46 PM   #15
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Kegcowboy.com and Dudadiesel.com have some plate chillers for pretty cheap. Sell a few of these cold plates in the classified section here and you should be golden!
If you sell a *couple*, you might want/need to share some of the proceeds with your buddy!
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Right now I use an ice bath in my sink lol. I was going to buy an immersion or make one but I heard the plates cool faster.

I didn't know those sold for that much. Maybe ill have to do that.

He is hooking me up. I'm gonna either give him some cash or a bunch of homemade brews.
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Honestly, I think you'll be happier with a simple immersion chiller than you would be trying to make a cold plate work. As noted, they're really designed to work with the beer under CO2 pressure; not sure how you'd do that when brewing, not dispensing. So, you'd probably end up needing a pump.

It's not going to be as efficient as a plate chiller, anyway. Plate chillers (and counterflow chillers) work by having cold hose water move in the opposite direction as the wort. This is just going to be immersed in cold water/ice - no counterflow action. That's fine for a cold plate - a cold plate just needs to bring beer down from ~70 (room temp) to ~40 (serving temp). For the brewing process, you need to get from 212 all the way down to ~70.

Could you make it work? Probably. Be a lot easier to sell/swap for a chiller that's designed to do exactly what you want it to do.
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