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Old 03-09-2012, 02:57 AM   #1
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Default Plate Chiller w/ Thermometer

I've had my plate chiller for about 8 months now. I love it, but with the summer/winter temperature difference in the tap water here in Colorado, I can never get the wort temp dialed in quite right. I thought about the Blichman Thrumometer, but I didn't want something that I had to splice between two hoses. I wanted something more durable AND had a quick disconnect. I order some parts from Bargain Fittings and this is what I came up with:



All the parts for the build: Chiller (with quick hose disconnects from Lowes & Bargain Fittings); angled adapter & flow control for the tap water (from Lowes); Stainless Steel T, Camlock B Style, Camlock F Style, and 3" Bi-Metal Thermometer (all from Bargain Fittings)




Thermometer quick disconnect assembly







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Old 03-10-2012, 12:46 AM   #2
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A few months ago I did a search to find info on a chiller and thermo but didn't find any good posts. I came up with this and I thought this was quite an intuitive idea. Since this hasn't recieved any hits, I just did another search and found some good posts on the subject... WTF! Anyway, I am going to retitle my post to "ANOTHER Plate Chiller w/ Thermometer"


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Old 03-10-2012, 01:05 AM   #3
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How about plate chiller with tamp sensor?

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Very Nice...humbled, but very nice! Where did you get the stainless connections for the Probe?
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:29 AM   #5
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You did some nice work. Have you tried it out yet? Was is reasonably accurate? I've heard some issues using thermometers inline
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:34 AM   #6
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I used to use a CFC for mash as well as chilling with a thermometer on it. It worked great. It will work and look just fine Doc.
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Not saying anything bad about your design.... but what is the reasoning for the double camlocks? Why not get rid of the winged one... dont know type right now... and just use the tee with the male camlock... drunk
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Is that a Blichmann plate chiller you're using with the thermometer on it?
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Is that a Blichmann plate chiller you're using with the thermometer on it?
No, Blichmann connections are on opposing sides of the chiller.
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You did some nice work. Have you tried it out yet? Was is reasonably accurate? I've heard some issues using thermometers inline
I haven't tried it out yet. The thermometer is supposed to be +- 1* accurate. I am brewing next Sunday so I won't know until then.

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Not saying anything bad about your design.... but what is the reasoning for the double camlocks? Why not get rid of the winged one... dont know type right now... and just use the tee with the male camlock... drunk
I wanted to still be able to submerge my chiller in sanitizer and make it easier to clean the thermometer connection. I just figured a lot of crud would get stuck in the elbow so that is why it disconnects.

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Is that a Blichmann plate chiller you're using with the thermometer on it?
It's a 40 plate from Duda Diesel.


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