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Old 01-21-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Using a Plate Chiller w/ Pellet Hops in the Boil

Will Pellet hops be an issue, or can I run boil straight through my plate chiller without somehow removing the hops from the wort first?


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Old 01-21-2013, 11:20 PM   #2
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that is a good way to ruin your plate chiller. I would make it a goal to have as little grain husks and plant matter going through your pump and chiller as possible. I am sure there are ways to simply add pellet hops loose into your boil and recapture most or block it from ruining your chiller but I am not aware of any of them.


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Old 01-21-2013, 11:39 PM   #3
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So what is the best way to use a plate chiller? use only leaf hops and muslin sacks??
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:50 PM   #4
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I did my first brew using a plate chiller on Saturday, pellet hops in the grain bag that I used to use for smaller batches of BIAB (it has about 1mm square holes in it). I had no issues with the plate chiller blocking. After use I flushed, then back flushed a couple of times and not much hops came out.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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Sounds good. I still am wondering why you can't simply run a pellet hops through the chiller and then flush/backflush? does anyone do this?
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:52 PM   #6
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The plate chiller will clog if you use too many pellet hops in the boil without a way of filtering them. I use a hop spider for pellet hops and haven't had any issues with clogging.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #7
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Clogging is pretty common for plate chillers if you don't take the right precautions. In the past I've done a number of different things. The first was the hop spider. Worked great. The second was whirlpooling. I just used a sanitized spoon and really whipped it up and then let it settle to the bottom for 15 minutes or so. Hop matter and break material will settle to the middle of the kettle. Of course you'll need a diptube angling to the side of the kettle for this.

Figure out what works for you and your golden! I love the plate chiller.
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I'm in this same boat and trying to avoid clogging the chiller. I'm considering two things:

- recirculating the hot wort back into the kettle until it runs reasonably clear. My dip tube runs straight down the center of the kettle underneath a false bottom.

- adding an additional, fine layer of stainless wire mesh on top of the existing false bottom.
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Nylon mesh bag works well for me. I hang the bag(s) from my mash paddle, which I lay on top of the kettle.
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I'm in this same boat and trying to avoid clogging the chiller. I'm considering two things:

- recirculating the hot wort back into the kettle until it runs reasonably clear. My dip tube runs straight down the center of the kettle underneath a false bottom.

- adding an additional, fine layer of stainless wire mesh on top of the existing false bottom.
I haven't tried it, but some people report the false bottom clogging with pellet hops. IMO, the best way to filter pellet hops is using a mesh bag.


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