- Aug 8, 2011
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A tubular CFC has a circular cross section that doesn't tend to trap debris and microbes. A plate chiller has more surface area, and is thus more efficient, however at the cost of having "nooks and crannies." It's the irregular geometry of a plate chiller that give it more surface area, but also may trap unwanted material and microbes while also increasing risk for clogging during use.Is there any benefit to the counterflow hose chiller vs a chiller plate? I know the latter could be more expensive, but it would take so much less space, yes?
I disagree. There are a couple key differences that must be kept in mind when making your decision, and during use. Neither is a wrong choice, but they are not the same.microbes and what not, really aren't that big a deal
I disagree. There are a couple key differences that must be kept in mind when making your decision, and during use. Neither is a wrong choice, but they are not the same.
For example, one of the reasons I continue to use a CFC at home is so that I can recirculate through the chiller during whirlpool to cool the wort for hop stands, spices, etc. I would never recirculate hops or spices like orange peel through a plate chiller. If that capability isn't important to you, maybe consider buying a plate chiller.
FYI, there are a plethora of threads discussing CFC vs. plate chillers if you'd like to read more
I've personally witnessed that exact process clogging plate chillers, both on homebrew and commercial scales. By all means, if it works for you, keep it up. I would not formally recommend anyone recirculating hops or spices through plate chillers.I recirculate through my plate chillers just fine, all it takes is a whirlpool and side pickup.
I'd rather not concern myself with that, but it may just be me. It just seems unnecessary when you can have a worry free setup for cheaper.if I go too heavy on the pellet hops I just use my hop infuser as a pre filter with rice hulls.
I don't think anyone here would blame you, or anyone, for buying a plate chiller. The only claim I take issue with is comparing them as the same, and with the same capabilities. They are in fact different, with different pros and cons, and neither is objectively better than the other. Determining which design is right for you will depend on what your needs are.Like I said, if I had the choice of building a cfc or paying for a plate chiller, id make a cfc. but the plate chiller was basically free. I've just learned not to buy pellet hops, ever.
Okay, thanks!Yea... The 3/8 coil needs a 1/4 fitting to fit right. I just got done building this last week. I couldn't find any 1/2 to 1/4 couplers in store. I ordered these on Amazon Couple 1/2x1/4" Copper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RKDMY4/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20
Hi. I don't think it will melt. I believe the rating is for pressure at that temperature. The only time you'll have a really hot (i.e. 212°F) liquid going through the inner piping is when you sanitize 10 minutes before flame out by recirculating boiling wort through the core. Otherwise, once it's in use, you have cold water buffering the outer hose against the inner core. EdAlso, I realized today that the hose I bought is rated for up to 160F. Is that going to be okay, or is it going to melt when the hot water comes out the far end?