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Old 12-11-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Divorcing my plate chiller

This thing is nothing but trouble. Constant clogs as I recirc. Might be my fault but I am looking at spending some money to fix the issue so I figure I want to make sure I do it right. I was thinking of going with a b3 50 ft half inch whirlpool chiller. I also am able to use a sump to recirc ice water through the chiller. Will this thing handle 12 to 14 gallons. I have a 20 gallon megapot.

Also thought about a counter flow but if anyone has experience here let me know.

I understand that the problem could be remedied with the plat chiller........but I'm tired of that thing........it needs to go. Thanks
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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Use a cfc, they are more forgiving. If your water is too warm you can recirc, but I haven't needed to with my well water.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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Just one of the copper inside hose ones?
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What's the specs on the plate chiller. Number of plates, length, manufacturer, model number?
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:03 AM   #5
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Rebel brewer 40 plate chillhog
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Mail it to me. I'll show it who's boss.
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Sale or trade in classifieds
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Come on reinstone! No one wants an old broken down plate chiller that is always clogging! If you send it to me I will make it pay for its transgressions!
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I went from a 50 foot B3 whirlpool immersion chiller to their Chillzilla convoluted CFC. No regrets. Like mentioned above, you can recirc through it with no trouble and it is very forgiving. When you do your pass through it to the fermenter, keep the pump moving slow.

The WIC will handle the volumes you're talking about. But it's nice to not have to deal with the big chiller dunked in the kettle.
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To slow pump you restrict pump inflow?
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