Originally Posted by atoughram
I've been trying to whirlpool now for the last few batches. I've switched to pellet hops, removed the false bottom in my BK, tried to use a torpedo screen on the outlet but it clogged up, installed a whirlpool fitting and valve, and now have the pickup tube near the edge and within a quarter inch of the bottom of the kettle (See picture). I'm using an immersion chiller
My plan to whirlpool were these steps.
1) Start water flow to the IC.
2) Circulate hot wort from kettle outlet through the whirlpool fitting until wort is to pitching temp.
3) Remove IC and continue to circulate another minute or two.
4) Stop circulation and cover for 20-30 minutes.
5) Pump into the fermenter from the kettle outlet.
Three questions - How will the chugger pump handle hop and trub debris? How do you clean debris out of the chugger pump? Are there any glaring problems with the steps I'll be taking or the equipment I'll be using?
I use those exact same steps, except my system has a March pump. The march seems to have no issue with debris. As for cleaning, I run a gallon or so of hot PBW through the pump while I am cleaning up the rest of my gear. I recirculate for a couple minutes to loosen everything up then just pump the solution into a bucket.
For good measure, I also empty the sanitizer in my fermenter back into a bucket. The last thing I do on brew day is to run that bucket of sanitizer through my pump. Probably overkill but since I have it already mixed up, I figure why not?
Every few brews I open the head on my pump. I've never seen anything other than clean and debris free when I do.