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Title: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: narcout on March 24, 2016, 04:13:12 PM
Will loose pellet hops in the boil kettle clog a march/chugger pump when recirculating during chilling?
Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: denny on March 24, 2016, 04:26:53 PM
Works fine with mine.  They go right through the pump.
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Post by: Stevie on March 24, 2016, 04:29:09 PM
Yep, totally fine.
Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: narcout on March 24, 2016, 04:36:28 PM
Great.  After only 5 years of thinking about it, I may actually incorporate a pump into my system.
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Post by: denny on March 24, 2016, 05:55:30 PM
Great.  After only 5 years of thinking about it, I may actually incorporate a pump into my system.

Every time I use mine I wish I had gotten it sooner.  Main use is for recirculated chilling, but I also use it to xfer wort to the fermenter.
Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: blatz on March 24, 2016, 06:22:12 PM
Great.  After only 5 years of thinking about it, I may actually incorporate a pump into my system.

on RARE occasion, I've had a slug clog it when I first turn it on, but nothing that a quick backflush didn't solve.
Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: Philbrew on March 25, 2016, 01:43:16 AM
Great.  After only 5 years of thinking about it, I may actually incorporate a pump into my system.

on RARE occasion, I've had a slug clog it when I first turn it on, but nothing that a quick backflush didn't solve.
How did you do a backflush?
Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: blatz on March 25, 2016, 01:47:22 AM
A hose
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Post by: cempt1 on March 25, 2016, 11:05:30 AM
I just got a chugger and have used it 3 times.  The first time I put candied ginger in at 10 min and it clogged my pickup tube in my kettle solid so I never could get it going.  The second d time it did clog a little when I threw my whirlpool hops but I lifted the pump higher than the kettle (to backflush) and it worked fine.  Last weeked, I stopped the pump when I put the flame out additional  for about 20 sec to let the pellets break up and no problems at all.  Huge time saver during chilling!  I pumped to the fermenter as well so it saved me a 48 pound lift into my chamber.

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Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: majorvices on March 25, 2016, 11:44:37 AM
This is why you whirlpool and settle. You shouldn't have a problem except on very rare occasions with excessive amounts of hops. My kettle has a diverter plate and I have never had a problem using that.
Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: Unconnected on March 29, 2016, 03:24:28 PM
This is why you whirlpool and settle. You shouldn't have a problem except on very rare occasions with excessive amounts of hops. My kettle has a diverter plate and I have never had a problem using that.
Don't many whirlpool using their pumps?

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Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: narvin on March 29, 2016, 05:46:06 PM
I know I sound like a broken record, but... hop stopper!  Never had a problem, period.
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Post by: Biran on March 31, 2016, 04:35:39 AM
My last two beers were double IPAs with a s***load of pellet hops and my pump performed just fine.
Title: Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
Post by: yso191 on March 31, 2016, 07:02:53 AM
I'm thinking about buying a Blichmann Hop Blocker because my BK is a Blichmann G2.  Anyone use one?

I've used one of those stainless mesh tubes, and a spider with a nylon bag.  I'm just not sure I am getting the circulation and transfer of hop goodness that I would if I just dropped the hops in the kettle and let them swim free.

I've wanted to avoid this because I have a pump and a plate chiller, and on the occasion when my mind was... well Ok, I had been drinking - I dumped the hops straight in the wort and it took forever to flush the particles out of the plate chiller.  The bottom line is I just don't want an infection.

Thoughts?