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Motorized whirlpool?

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morticaixavier:
I just remove the IC and stir with a sanitized spoon to whirlpool.

But if you want to build something go for it.

hokerer:

--- Quote from: morticaixavier on February 02, 2013, 08:27:25 PM ---I just remove the IC and stir with a sanitized spoon to whirlpool.

But if you want to build something go for it.

--- End quote ---

I'd actually like to have the whirlpool to speed up the chilling process.  Like you said, for the hop cone, a spoon does just fine.

Jimmy K:
I've thought about it. You don't need much movement to help out the chiller, so pretty much any small motor would do.

kylekohlmorgen:

--- Quote from: hokerer on February 02, 2013, 08:46:05 PM ---
--- Quote from: morticaixavier on February 02, 2013, 08:27:25 PM ---I just remove the IC and stir with a sanitized spoon to whirlpool.

But if you want to build something go for it.

--- End quote ---

I'd actually like to have the whirlpool to speed up the chilling process.  Like you said, for the hop cone, a spoon does just fine.

--- End quote ---

Recirculating the wort with a March pump has cut my cooling times by more than half. Definitely recommended for the chill, but I don't use it to whirlpool.

I still use an IC, so I do what Mort described above (chill, pull IC, whirlpool, let stand for 15 min, run off).

I have a Street 90 elbow that faces down on my kettle outlet, and I dont need a scrubbie/filter to get clear beer, even with IPAs. I don't get a perfect cone, but all the trub settles around the elbow and only the first bit of liquid out of the valve has trub in it. The rest comes out clear.

morticaixavier:

--- Quote from: hokerer on February 02, 2013, 08:46:05 PM ---
--- Quote from: morticaixavier on February 02, 2013, 08:27:25 PM ---I just remove the IC and stir with a sanitized spoon to whirlpool.

But if you want to build something go for it.

--- End quote ---

I'd actually like to have the whirlpool to speed up the chilling process.  Like you said, for the hop cone, a spoon does just fine.

--- End quote ---

I stir while chilling as well. makes a huge difference in chilling time, but I am not worried about creating a good whirlpool. in fact, for chilling you want maximum turbulence so there is lots of change over in the wort that is actually contacting the chiller. but yes, when it's time to form, or attempt to form, a schmut cone I pull the IC out and then it is not hard to get a good whirlpool going.

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