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Old 07-14-2008, 05:26 PM   #1
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I need a tutorial. I want to use a solenoid valve on my fermenter. I have my gylcol chiller, which is designed as a beer line chiller. It chills the glycol and circulates it. Where do I go from here?
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:30 PM   #2
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Are you sure you want to use a solenoid valve, or do you just want to control a recirculating pump? In a closed system, simply turning the pump off should be adequate for stopping the cooling cycle.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:40 PM   #3
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I am not sure. the chiller has a recirc. pump, so I should probably figure out how to control the flow through the pump. This is not my strong suit. I had a set-up before that had the chiller maintaining a glycol reserve in a cooler which I then circulated from using a pump controlled by a rancho controller. But that seemed a little over-kill.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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is the chill loop chilling other things along the way ? is that way you want a valve to beable to devert the ferminter ?

this kinda stuff is done alot with hotwater heating systems that have a central boiler

 
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:44 PM   #5
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Right now the fermenter is all there is, although I have plans to use it with the second zone of my chiller as well.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:48 PM   #6
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I am not sure. the chiller has a recirc. pump, so I should probably figure out how to control the flow through the pump. This is not my strong suit. I had a set-up before that had the chiller maintaining a glycol reserve in a cooler which I then circulated from using a pump controlled by a ranco controller. But that seemed a little over-kill.
That's basically what I was picturing.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:51 PM   #7
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Well, if the King of Overkill says it is good, then who am I not to follow his lead. Besides, I have all the parts.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:14 PM   #8
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My brew buddy in NM had a similar setup. He used an ENTIRE chest freezer full of glycol to chill his jacketed conical for lagering.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:39 PM   #9
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My brew buddy in NM had a similar setup. He used an ENTIRE chest freezer full of glycol to chill his jacketed conical for lagering.
I have seen that done and had thought that was the way I would go until I was given my glycol chiller. What I don't know is what my thermal load will be and how well the chiller will keep up. It should be just fine, especially for lagering, but I will be interested in the results for chilling. I want to run the glycol through the second zone of my heat exchanger. I have done this before with my glycol chiller but I was not trying for as low a pitching temperature as I will want for my lagers.

My other question now is whether it will be better to pump directly out of my Igloo cooler chiller glycol reservoir through my fermenter and exchanger, or to put a copper coil heat exchanger in the Igloo cooler glycol reservoir and run a chilling loop through the fermenter and exchanger.

I agree that overkill is better, I just have to figure which is the overkill!
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What is on the cold side of the exchanger? How are you cooling it?
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