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pat sullivan
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Username: Number10

Post Number: 8
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 10:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

With the Sacramento summers into the 100's, I'm toying with the idea of getting a CFC. My set up looks similar to Denny's - a couple of converted kegs, cooler mash tun, and a 2ish tier set up. I normally do 10-gallon AG batches.

If I buy a CFC will gravity be able to drain the wort out of the kettle or will I need to buy a pump to better control the flow and temp.

Also, one of the manufactures of a CFC indicated that you shouldn't use pellet hops as they easily clog the CFC. Any thoughts on the advice? I just bought some whole hops and brewed with them last week, but I prefer pellets...cleaning the hops bags was nasty.
 

Steve H.
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Username: Steveh

Post Number: 90
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 11:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pat,

Not sure what CFC you are looking at but I have a Chillzilla and use gravity. It is only a few inches below the spigot on the boiler. It does the 1st 5 gallons in about 8-10 minutes and the 2nd 5 gallons in about 10-12 minutes.

Regarding pellet hops, I just whirlpool and all the trub/hops stay in the center in a slight cone shape. I tilt the keg to get every last drop until the trub gets close to the exit nipple. Never had the chiller block up. Good luck.

Steve
 

Mike Mayer
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I also do the "whirlpool" thing in my converted Sanke and have no problem with pellet hops through my CFC. My CFC is 50' long (3/8 copper, 5/8 hose) so gravity does not work well for me with only 2' of drop, so I use a pump, and it rules. 10 minutes tops to cool 11 gallons.

Mike
Cleveland, OH
 

Wm John Ivey
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Post Number: 220
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 03:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pat one word 'WORTWIZARD'
John
 

Kent Fletcher
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Username: Fletch

Post Number: 423
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 04:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why use a bag with whole hops?

If you whirlpool and use an appropriate straining device, you shouldn't clog the CFC. I never do. I do use a pump, but we gravity feed a CFC at the LHBS demo brews every month. It's slower, but it does work.

(Message edited by Fletch on July 24, 2004)
 

Michael
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Post Number: 88
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I usually use my kettle's spigot and gravity. I have an easy-masher attached to it, which will clog if I use too high a percentage of pellet hops, but the CFC never clogs. With pellet hops, I either use a bag, a greater amount of whole hops, or I skip the spigot and use a stainless steel racking cane instead. Personally, I prefer whole hops.

I found it's pretty easy to clean the CFC if I use a bottling bucket. Sometimes I need a little suction to get it going, but never too much (and it beats a mouth full of cleaner).
 

Bill Moore
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Post Number: 129
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a 50 ft CFC and use gravity. I "hose" my pellet hops so there is no clogging worries but still do the whirlpool for the trub.
 

Craig Johnson
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Post Number: 213
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a convoluted chiller and drain ten gallons in ten minutes using only gravity and 30" of fall. I also have 5/8" hoses for everything. I have let the pellets and trub get into the chiller and it only slowed the flow moderately.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 3233
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

www.wortwizard.com...I believe they even sell it in combo with a CFC.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.