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Offline Al-Loves-Wine

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2014, 11:31:23 AM »
Nice, where did you pick yours up from Jeff? hopdawgs is the short version.

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2014, 02:24:48 PM »
Considering how long it is taking for the brew pot to chill, even sitting in the snow bank, it is taking forever!

More important than saving time, chilling quickly is better for the end quality your product. When you flameout, DMS production continues - apparently until you hit 140F.
DMS (dimethyl sulfide), contributes cooked-corn aromas to beer.  Not to mention the risk of contamination is higher when leaving the kettle to chill for hours - even with the cover on.


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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2014, 02:39:13 PM »
Check this out: http://www.mrmalty.com/chiller.php

Pliny's right.  It's far more important to get all wort below 140F as quickly as possible.  If it takes 30 minutes to chill 20 gallons of beer, as fakr says, then a good part of your wort is sitting at a high temp waiting to be chilled and producing DMS.  And, the aroma from the last hop addition degrades.

The video below shows a test where I bring 5 gallons of water from boiling to 120F in 3:25.  That's what you should aim for. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E_6wEn4yWc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E_6wEn4yWc</a>

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2014, 08:26:12 PM »

Nice, where did you pick yours up from Jeff? hopdawgs is the short version.

Brewhardware.com about a year and a half ago.

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2014, 08:32:52 AM »
Thanks for sharing the article Chris... did you build yourself? I assume Fhilo hooked you up at Eddy, what was the cost? And I beleive you said you were using the brew pump from OBK?
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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2014, 08:43:15 AM »
Fhilo did hook me up.  It's 50' of 1/2" ACR copper.  I got the elbows, garden hose fittings from him too.  I think it was about $55-60 for the materials.  I built one for me, and one for my brother-in-law at the same time.  It took an hour for the 2 of them.

I was using a pump like the one from OBK, but I've since upgraded to a Chugger that I bought from Hopdawgs.ca.  It's a much better pump.  I still have that old pump, but I haven't decided if I'm going to use it for anything or not.

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2014, 09:03:42 AM »
I do have an immersion chiller, but it's a fair bit smaller. I might try using a pump to get a whirlpool flowing and see how that helps. Currently I have to manually stir it every 2-3 mins.
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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2014, 09:31:06 AM »
Good plan.

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2014, 09:19:24 PM »
OBK said on Facebook that they were having a sale for one hour only tonight, on their plate chiller, starting around 9:30 our time I think

http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/Counterflow_Wort_Chiller_Homebrew_p/counterflow-chiller.htm
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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2014, 09:32:02 PM »
Nice! You getting one?

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2014, 09:34:54 PM »
I'll split shipping with you @Two Wheeler if you want...

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2014, 09:39:06 PM »
I'd third the shipping with you.

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2014, 09:39:38 PM »
You want the chiller @Al-Loves-Wine ?

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2014, 09:40:44 PM »
Yup!

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Re: I can see the value of a wort chiller now
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2014, 09:41:40 PM »
Ok.  I'm placing the order now.