Been using this Blickmann Therminator for a couple years now. I run 5 gallons of PBW at 140+ degrees then 5 gallons rinse water via pump to clean, then back flush till clear. I thought all this time I was giving this plate chiller a really good cleaning out. Finished brewing last week and cleaned the plate chiller as usual. Unplugged the unit and set it in the sink to drain. Everyday this week I have run the back flush hose and I am getting quite a bit of grain bits/whole cone hop debris. I think I must have never, really cleaned this chiller out completely!
I am trying to come up with a good way to totally clean this plate chiller out spotless. I have heard of brewers putting these in the oven and literally baking the thing. Seems to me this would only burn the debris to the plates. Thought about using caustic.....
Anyone got a great, sure fire, total clean method for plate chillers like mine that must be encrusted with barnacles of brew kettle debris?
You are having a different experience than myself. I too have been using the therminator for a few years. I fill my buckets, and seal them, the immidiatly back flush with hot water/PBW/hot water.
That has always worked fine.
what kind of screen or such do you use in your boil pot? Did a hole develop?