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Old 09-03-2013, 02:31 AM   #1
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Default Wort Cooling method

I am curious as to the preferred method of cooling wort of the folks here, I started off with the pot in the tub of ice which got a lot of water all over the place, I built an immersion chillers that I really enjoyed and thought that it did a fine job, I thought I would try and take it to another level thinking that a plate chiller would do me good and I'm just not enjoying it. Any advice on effectively using this plate chiller, I just can't seem to get the wort down to an acceptable temperature with out finagling. I'm not really seeing this fit in my system anymore but I dropped $$$ on a pump and the chiller thinking it would make my brew day go smoother but it is more or less a huge headache for me.


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Old 09-03-2013, 02:59 AM   #2
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Just voted "other" because I use a counter-flow chiller.


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Just voted "other" because I use a counter-flow chiller.
Is there anything specific you do to get the cooling water down to a sufficient enough temperature to cool the wort in one run? And do you recirculate the coolant water or do you just run it down the drain?And how difficult is the sanitization of that device?
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:49 AM   #4
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This is why I don’t like multiple choice, way too limiting. “Bathtub and chilled water tub” wasn’t up there.
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I put immersion, but I utilize a simple pre-chiller. Chill most of the way (ie down to about 100F) with the immersion chiller (if I stir the chiller constantly it takes about 5-10 minutes), then use the prechiller. From tap through second inline immersion chiller in a bucket of ice and water, then through wort chiller, and back out. I intend to eventually go with a submersible pump cycling ice water through the immersion chiller in the wort.
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Immersion chiller works best for me. My situation is different from most folks though. My well provides enough water in the mid-50's to let me do my thing year round at the cost of cheap electricity. I sometimes feel bad for you guys in the cities and other deserts. To soothe my angst takes a lot of brewing
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With a pump you have any option out there available to you. I use a CFC and it works ok. I've thought about buying a plate chiller, but I've read they can be finicky with wort flow and clogging.

If you have an IC there is no reason not to use the pump to recirculate the wort. It will make the IC somewhat more effective.

If you still want to use the PC you can recirculate and not worry about flow rate. Just open it wide and set the output back into the kettle. That's what I do with the CFC I have now that it's on a pump.
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Is there anything specific you do to get the cooling water down to a sufficient enough temperature to cool the wort in one run? And do you recirculate the coolant water or do you just run it down the drain?And how difficult is the sanitization of that device?
I don't use a pre-chiller if that's what you mean. I probably should though. I try to use the outgoing water on the lawn or to clean up equipment. Sanitation hasn't been a problem yet. I clean it immediately after use by running water through it. Then prior to using again I run boiling water through it. Then sanitized water immediately before use.
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I use immersion, but am looking for ways to make it work better as it's the big floppy fail in my process. I live in San Diego so my water is always warm, it takes me about 20-30 minutes to get wort down to the mid 80's and then it won't budge. From that point its a silly dance of ice and refrigerators.

Looking back I would actually consider a basic copper chiller as a failed device, since it does cool, but stops short of cooling to the point where you can continue the process. If you re looking to replace or get a wort chiller, I seriously consider a method that chills your water down before pumping it through your wort.


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