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Re: Interesting immersion wort chiller design
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2012, 06:34:55 AM »
For best chilling you want to maximize the area, maximize the Delta-T, and maximize the flow.

If you flow over about 1 quart/minute, you probably have turbulent flow in the chiller - got that from the HBD a long time ago. Turbulence mixes the cooling water, so you don't have a stratified temp inside the coil.
You also need to get the wort moving to keep it from being stratified.

This looks like a gimmic to me.





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Re: Interesting immersion wort chiller design
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2012, 07:41:09 AM »
If you flow over about 1 quart/minute, you probably have turbulent flow in the chiller

Assuming smooth tubing and neglecting any fittings, in order to have fully developed turbulent flow the minimum flow rate would be:

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1/4" ID - 0.69 LPM
3/8" ID - 1.03 LPM
1/2" ID - 1.38 LPM
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Re: Interesting immersion wort chiller design
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2012, 09:15:37 AM »
Ah you young guys that can still remember Fluid Dynamics!

Thanks Sean, will have to remember those numbers.

Edit - Actually the "over 1 quart/minute" was a pretty good approximation. Good to have the numbers though.
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Re: Interesting immersion wort chiller design
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2012, 12:02:12 PM »
Hey guys,

Just thought I would chime in on this because I own one of these chillers.  I am actually really happy with it so far, and the chill times are pretty good.  I bought it for the water saving aspect and it does what they say.  I noticed they have some interesting videos on youtube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_awMmEumIHpOTc0CSDvm4Q with some really fast chillers on there...

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Re: Interesting immersion wort chiller design
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2012, 12:04:06 PM »
For best chilling you want to maximize the area, maximize the Delta-T, and maximize the flow.

If you flow over about 1 quart/minute, you probably have turbulent flow in the chiller - got that from the HBD a long time ago. Turbulence mixes the cooling water, so you don't have a stratified temp inside the coil.
You also need to get the wort moving to keep it from being stratified.

This looks like a gimmic to me.

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I think the design of the chiller being discussed would probably interfere with stirring or getting a decent whirlpool going more than a "standard" coil chiller would.  It might also make using a hop bag or hop spider more difficult. 
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Re: Interesting immersion wort chiller design
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2012, 12:13:27 PM »
In the video he is shaking it up and down the whole time.

That increases the heat transfer to the wort, like stirring or whirlpooling.

Blichmann says 5 minutes to chill 10 gallons with the therminator.


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