I have been brewing for a couple years now and I finally stepped my game up and bought a plate chiller. My question is how do you guys that have one filter your hops out to go through the chiller. I do use the pellet hops any information you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated.
I have been having issues with this as well. Last brew I used a hop spider and although I don't think I get the same utilization as "free" hops, at least the chiller didn't clog.
I am going to make a grant. The hot wort gets drained through a colander into the grant and then pumped from the bottom through the chiller and back to the kettle.
I now have a grant. The main use is to break the vacuum that can be on the false bottom when pumping. I also will try having the grant on a burner, so that I can heat when transferring to the kettle and get to the boil faster. I also will use it to bump temperatures in a step mash.
You just gave me a boil/post boil application, Jeff.