Circulating wort while chilling.

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Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue May 06, 2014 8:46 pm

I've been thinking of ways that could be used to move the wort around when using an immersion chiller and leaf hops to speed up cooling. The built in pump(s) clog very quickly if used with leaf hops, but maybe something like this wouldn't get clogged?

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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue May 06, 2014 8:58 pm

Or maybe this will work :lol:

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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue May 06, 2014 9:00 pm

There are a couple of projects here that could be hacked

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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby Dicko » Tue May 06, 2014 10:00 pm

When I first started using my immersion chiller in the BM, I just used a big spoon.
That seemed to work quite well.
I mainly use pellets and the pump handles it fine, if I were to use leaf on a regular basis I would consider a hop basket or hop sock.
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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby cpa4ny » Wed May 07, 2014 2:02 am

For "express" IC cooling, check out JZ's recirculation arm:

http://morebeer.com/products/wort-chill ... allon.html

It would be something fairly easy to duplicate with a piece of copper pipe.

Can probably hook up a March or a Chugger pump to BM's outlet and recirc from there.
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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby niels » Wed May 07, 2014 1:43 pm

Dicko wrote:When I first started using my immersion chiller in the BM, I just used a big spoon.
That seemed to work quite well.
I mainly use pellets and the pump handles it fine, if I were to use leaf on a regular basis I would consider a hop basket or hop sock.

I too stir the wort gently with a spoon when cooling with an immersion chiller. I don't use the pumps at all.

Using tap water and a bucket of ice water I can cool down 25 litres to 17°C in less than 30 minutes.

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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby Elderberry » Thu May 08, 2014 1:29 pm

I use the chiller itself to stir the wort.
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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby Nesto » Tue May 13, 2014 9:53 pm

I tried using the BM pump while chilling (immersion chiller) during my last brew. I was amazed how fast I dropped from 100C to 25C - about 15 mins, vs. 30-45 mins normally. Didn't measure my ground water temp, but it is getting warm around these parts. I do use a hop spider, so don't have much to clog the pump.
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Re: Circulating wort while chilling.

Unread postby Antpharma » Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:01 pm

My last 2 brews I chilled 25L wort from 100 to below 20 in 12 minutes using an immersion chiller.

I turn the pumps on (I think they kick in around 80 degrees).

Admittedly it is winter here and the bore water I'm using for chilling is coming out at about 2 degrees!
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