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Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« on: December 29, 2015, 03:16:57 PM »
Hi all. I just became the proud owner of my first plate chiller, small one. I brew 2.5 gallon stove top batches on a 5 gallon brew pot. Im trying to figure out the best way to incorporate the chiller without spending alot. I've thought of getting a pimp but theyre not cheap, I'd prefer to make it gravity fed but not sure how to transfer hot wort to the chiller. My brew kettle does not have a valve. Not sure how easy it is to add one. Any suggestions from all you crafty people would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2015, 03:24:05 PM »
You'll need a valve minimum. http://bargainfittings.com for the fitting s and Harbor freight for the step bit + some wd-40 for the hole. From there gravity will work.

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 03:46:24 PM »
You'll need a valve minimum. http://bargainfittings.com for the fitting s and Harbor freight for the step bit + some wd-40 for the hole. From there gravity will work.
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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 03:48:09 PM »
Pimps definitely have their place! ;)

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 04:04:03 PM »
Pimps are handy at getting that be-otch to chill. Not to mention whirlpool

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 04:05:46 PM »
Does this mean in pimping my system?

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2015, 04:06:58 PM »
Why not just buy one of the cheap 12v pumps. They work great.


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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2015, 04:11:22 PM »
Why not just buy one of the cheap 12v pumps. They work great.


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Where can I get one and are they OK for hot wort?

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Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2015, 04:16:28 PM »
eBay and yes. 230 deg F if I'm not mistaken. The tan Chinese ones are the ones to get IIRC.



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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2015, 04:40:42 PM »
You can use a plate chiller with just gravity. Saves involving pimps. Here's the plumbing:

Boiler, chiller and FV

I think it is good to have a reasonable drop from the chiller into your FV, as this helps to suck the wort through the chiller. Also having a valve on the outlet of the chiller helps to throttle back the wort flow to regulate cooling. I have found that the lowest I can get the temp with an acceptable flowrate is ~27C, so I tend to do the final cooling to pitch temp in a small chest freezer.

It's important to ensure the chiller is sanitary before use. I autoclave mine (and the tube \ fittings), but you could boil it or recirc hot wort \ water through it (pump needed). I also flush with hot water *immediately* after use.

When you say it's "small"  - how many plates \ Kw rating?
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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2015, 04:48:36 PM »
Good call on the valve post chiller. A valve on the kettle should do well enough, but post chiller would make it way easier.

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2015, 05:14:55 PM »
You can use a plate chiller with just gravity. Saves involving pimps. Here's the plumbing:

Boiler, chiller and FV

I think it is good to have a reasonable drop from the chiller into your FV, as this helps to suck the wort through the chiller. Also having a valve on the outlet of the chiller helps to throttle back the wort flow to regulate cooling. I have found that the lowest I can get the temp with an acceptable flowrate is ~27C, so I tend to do the final cooling to pitch temp in a small chest freezer.

It's important to ensure the chiller is sanitary before use. I autoclave mine (and the tube \ fittings), but you could boil it or recirc hot wort \ water through it (pump needed). I also flush with hot water *immediately* after use.

When you say it's "small"  - how many plates \ Kw rating?
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Cool. One of of he things that concerned me about a pump was the rate it moved the wort. The valve fixes that. Not sure about the chiller. My brother bought got it for my from dudadiesel.com. my best guess is 10 plates. I'm planning on putting my immersion chiller in an ice bath and prechilling the circulation water before it hits the plate chiller.

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2015, 05:15:01 PM »
I want to see someone build a chiller system out of an old truck radiator. It would need air moving over it, so they could mount it to the front of an old Buick with the boil kettle up high and the fermentor down low. Then just drive around till the wort is chilled.

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2015, 05:22:19 PM »
I want to see someone build a chiller system out of an old truck radiator. It would need air moving over it, so they could mount it to the front of an old Buick with the boil kettle up high and the fermentor down low. Then just drive around till the wort is chilled.

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Re: Help a poor guy with his new plate chiller
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2015, 05:29:40 PM »
I want to see someone build a chiller system out of an old truck radiator. It would need air moving over it, so they could mount it to the front of an old Buick with the boil kettle up high and the fermentor down low. Then just drive around till the wort is chilled.

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