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Old 07-21-2012, 05:08 PM   #11
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I'm not 100% clear on this, but it seems like the more plates will allow for less tap water pressure drop = cold water filling most plates at a higher pressure. Read the intro to the plate chiller page and tell me what you think about pressure and temp and amount of plates vs longer plates with the same cooling times. I don't mean to hijack this thread.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #12
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How do you keep the break material out of the fermentor when you use a plate chiller?
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:35 PM   #13
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I don't, the break and some bits of hops all get sent through the plate chiller. When I'n cleaning up hot PBW gets pumped around the system, then I back flush, then flush every possible way. Before each brew day, I pressure cook it at 15psi for 15min.

 
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:50 PM   #14
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Just about to order from him,I've been looking at them all week. I'm just not sure which fittings I want to get, any suggestions
I got mine with garden hose fittings for the water side, 1/2 male NPT for the wort side. Then went ahead and put some quick connectors from bargain fittings on it. Couldnt be happier with it.

Like I said earlier I returned one, it was garden hose on the water side and hose barbs on the wort side. I decided that I didnt want to mess with removing from the hose barbs and sent it back. It too, is an option that may work for some.

By the way, with garden hose outlets on the water out side I hook it up to a sprinkler in my garden. ZERO waste IMO.


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Old 07-22-2012, 03:46 PM   #15
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I don't, the break and some bits of hops all get sent through the plate chiller. When I'n cleaning up hot PBW gets pumped around the system, then I back flush, then flush every possible way. Before each brew day, I pressure cook it at 15psi for 15min.
Pressure cooking is a great idea and obviously gets rid of any "bugs" that might be lurking. I try to keep as much break material out of my fermentor as possible. I always get some in there, which doesn't hurt the beer, but I don't like losing volume to it when I'm done in primary. I'm also starting to harvest yeast and want to avoid break material for that as well given I'm in carboys and not a conical. What loss do you usually have when all is said and done?
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #16
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Picked one up last month and love it. Now I'm done with cleanup where I used to be pulling my immersion chiller out of the brew pot!
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:39 PM   #17
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Funny you should ask that Makomachine, my only brew day this summer, because the weather turned hot, was today. I'm feeling lazy and didn't want to hook up the pumps. I did gravity feed to the plate chiller then into the carboy; so I only used short runs of hose 12"-18" (no pump) it worked great!!! I even used my kitchen sink as a cold water supply, still worked great, Plate chiller cooled the boiling wart down to 80F as fast as it could go in the carboy! My losses were small, what was in the lines and plate chiller was about a 1L max. Keep in mind at the end of each brew I save some wart for the next starter. So the last 32oz in the keggel was put in mason jars and canned for the next APA starter. So I lost one 32oz and saved 32oz.

 
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:11 PM   #18
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I also use the big 30 plate like yours. Mine has 1" socket weld fittings on it, so that I could weld in some tri clover fitings. I also had to weld in some 3/4" pipe fittings for the garden hose fittings. He has new models like yours that are more "beer friendly". I don't believe that was available back when I got mine. I was able to cool down to just above 70 degrees because my ground water was only that temp. I used a small ice bath to get below 68 degrees, which is usually my target before pitching yeast. I love my chiller. In the spring and fall, my ground water is cool enough on its own. This summer has been especially warm, so the ground water is warmer than normal.

 
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:51 PM   #19
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I was just about to post a thread about the Duda Diesel Platte chiller just used the 40 Platte chiller for the first time...wow! It was instant...great product...can't believe I've been brewing for two years like an animal using an immersion chiller
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #20
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How do you keep the break material out of the fermentor when you use a plate chiller?
Lots of options but here's what I do to avoid clogging:

1) Whirlpool for 5min and then let wort settle for another 10 (adjust IBU calc)
2) Use side kettle pickup tube to limit hops, etc
3) Hot wort flows to a hopback that really catches break material
4) Lastly, if I'm in the mood...I use the BH hop blocker - gravity feed

...then the plate chiller.

One other trick I've learned is to let gravity do the work as long as possible..before turning on the pump. Unless you get the pump flow just right, it's easy to force too much wort (and some inevitable break/hop material) into the chiller.

I just received the B3-23A 60 Plate chiller and am completely satisfied. With 58F ground water I can get the wort cooled and transfered fast. Ususally 16-18 gallon batches so the B3-60 cooling capacity is nice.

 
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