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Old 02-11-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Plate chiller plumbing

It's prob been asked 1000 times but I can't find it
I've just acquired a nice shiney 60 plate chiller I've a few questions
1 which way up ? I.e with the wort in at the bottom and out the top or visa versa then the water obviously opposite flow to the wort
2 I've a ss hop stopper but I'm a bit concerned of husks getting through and blocking the chiller so I've had an idea of fitting some ss mesh inside the hop stopper and on the connector going into the chiller if it does block then I can unscrew it and tap the husks out



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Old 02-11-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Think it's like this Eddie



Or counter flow method :



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Old 02-11-2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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Which will give the best efficiency

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Counter flow I'm considering a plate chiller too, I'm on a water meter so water savings a must. Having said that I fill my hlt with the hot water from my IC and use it for wash downs.
Just feel there's a time/water saving to be made by switching from IC
Currently takes 30mins + to cool to 26C.

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Old 02-11-2012, 03:53 PM   #5
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Default Re: Plate chiller plumbing

Yes well time is a definate thing but like you said the hot water from the ic is useful

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As you will use less of it, you should get hotter water from the counterflow, no?

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mmm not sure not reall fussd tbh

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I'm just thinking ahead to full brewery really and saving water and energy where I can.

When chilling, the outflow is going up to the HLT which then gives me hot water to wash the kit down with... I think...

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Default Re: Plate chiller plumbing

'Fraid I'm a bit ignorant of plate chillers...where does it go ? On the bench at the side of boiler ? connection from boiler to wort in, wort out back to boiler. Cold water in, hot water out to washing vessel ? am I right ??

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Im locating it underneath my boiler tap so it will gravity feed into it



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