Post Number: 8
|Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 10:56 pm: ||
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.
Post Number: 90
|Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 11:38 pm: ||
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.
Post Number: 239
|Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 11:49 pm: ||
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.
Wm John Ivey
Post Number: 220
|Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 03:51 am: ||
Pat one word 'WORTWIZARD'
Post Number: 423
|Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 04:08 am: ||
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)
Post Number: 88
|Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:36 am: ||
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).
Post Number: 129
|Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 11:20 am: ||
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.
Post Number: 213
|Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:18 pm: ||
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.
Post Number: 3233
|Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 05:19 pm: ||
www.wortwizard.com...I believe they even sell it in combo with a CFC.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.