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OK I would be totally remiss in my BORG MOM if I did not start a debate so here goes.

Which is better a plate chiller or an immersion chiller?

Me I run a 50' immersion chiller with recirculation. Very fast. The wort does not sit near boiling while chilling. The recirculation also provides a nice whirlpool

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Mom, me likey my immersion chilla. I'm looked at plate chillas, would like to have one someday. It's just a fancy way to chilla da brewski, and they look very spensive. As Mom, if u would like to supply me with one, I would do up a special brew just to try it back and reply here, thanks loads from your #1 son!

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I made/used a 22' 1/2" ID immersion with my 9-gallon brew pot and really liked it, especially the garden hose connections. The larger tubing flowed water like mad and it was pretty fast.

After building the E-BIAB rig with its 15.5 gallon keggle, I knew that the IC wasn't going to fit down inside of it very well, so I switched to chilling by recirculating through a Duda Diesel 30-plate chiller mounted on my brew cart. It's about the same speed as the IC, just more compact and better suited for my particular setup.

For a typical brew pot situation, the IC is just fine.

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I use a 50 foot immersion also. I love it. It cools rather quickly, but I'm lucky to have really cold water even in the summer. And it's really easy to clean.

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"BigFloyd" post=388590 said:


After building the E-BIAB rig with its 15.5 gallon keggle, I knew that the IC wasn't going to fit down inside of it very well, so I switched to chilling by recirculating through a Duda Diesel 30-plate chiller mounted on my brew cart. It's about the same speed as the IC, just more compact and better suited for my particular setup.

For a typical brew pot situation, the IC is just fine.


+1. My old 20' IC was just too small for my 15 gallon eBIAB rig. And since I had a pump, I just spent $65 on a DudaDiesel 20-plate chiller rather than building a new IC. I can get 6 gallons of wort down to 65F in 15 min by recirculating ice water through it.

Although the additional cleaning regimen plate chiller requires negates any time savings. Rinse back and forth with tap water, then recirculate hot OxyClean for 20 min, then recirculate hot clean water for 10 min. With an immersion chiller, all it needed was a quick rinse and wipe.

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Just a question for you guys with plate chillers that do all this extra cleaning- do you use hop bags or kettle screens? I use a kettle screen and a big hop bag, and have only cleaned it by backflushing. I haven't noticed anything coming out after doing this. Also duda diesel recommends baking at 350 for 30 mins to sanitize.

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another plus for a recirculating immersion chillers drop into boiling wort BAM!!! It is sanitized. Since I use the same coil for recirculating the wort through during my mash the chilling cleans it!!

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"Brewbirds" post=388628 said:

Man oh man I love my no clean, no cost kitchen sink ice bath. :laugh:


Or you can use the no-chill method :) No ice or sink needed.

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"losman26" post=388623 said:

Just a question for you guys with plate chillers that do all this extra cleaning- do you use hop bags or kettle screens? I use a kettle screen and a big hop bag, and have only cleaned it by backflushing. I haven't noticed anything coming out after doing this. Also duda diesel recommends baking at 350 for 30 mins to sanitize.


I use a spider to control the hop debris. I recirculate boiling wort through the chiller for the last 15 min of the boil to sanitize. Have not baked my plate chiller. No problems so far.

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One of the reasons I started this thread is because I am redesigning my rig again. Some of the stuff I am seeing on line has be worried. The plate chiller, without pre-chilling, is only bringing the wort down to the mid 70's. My water source is 55* year round. (200' well) How are you plate users getting down to lager yeast pitching temps?

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If your water source is 55 you are more than fine with a plate chiller. My plate chiller brings it to about 1-2 2degrees above ground water in one pass.

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If you want to talk lazy I am the winner here. I am redesigning the rig because I am too lazy to move the coil from one kettle to the other. Trying to get everything nice and compact. I am not going to be able to build the brewery downstairs again this year. We have to travel down south again this winter family and friends are not doing well and I would rather see them right now.

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"haerbob3" post=388643 said:

One of the reasons I started this thread is because I am redesigning my rig again. Some of the stuff I am seeing on line has be worried. The plate chiller, without pre-chilling, is only bringing the wort down to the mid 70's. My water source is 55* year round. (200' well) How are you plate users getting down to lager yeast pitching temps?


Are you recirculating back to the kettle or straight into the fermenter? If going straight to the fermenter, simply reduce the wort flow until it's coming out the temp you want. With slow enough flow, it should be the same temperature as water flowing through. If you recirculate, just let it go a bit longer.

Oh, and make sure water and wort are flowing in opposite directions!

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I don't know about the homebrewer sized plate chillers, but the at least some of the Micros around here tear theirs apart once a month and then put them back together to really clean them, because nothing else does it fully.

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I am leaning to a new immersion chiller with a good recirculation arm. I really like the whirlpool ability. The question is weather to buy or build it. Thinking about using 3/4" tubing but the price is outrageous!

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