Whirlpooling with Immersion Chiller

Post #1 made 1 month ago
Well! Long time no Post!
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Anyhow... i have a question regarding whirlpool and chilling with an immersion chiller. Who does it? How do you do it? Do you see enhanced results by whirlpooling? I simply cannot get a whirlpool going in my vessell as my chiller is just too large. I am thinking maybe i can put the chiller in the boil 20 mins before flame out to sterilise , remove chiller at flame out (sit on a clean sanitised surface), whirlpool, let sit for 20 minutes then put the chiller back in (gently) and begin the chill process.


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Re: Whirlpooling with Immersion Chiller

Post #2 made 1 month ago
I don' brew that often now, and when I do I no chill so cannot help with experience.

I originally thought that others had success with drill attachments but that may be hit and miss too. :dunno:

See this thread if it helps https://www.biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=3918
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Re: Whirlpooling with Immersion Chiller

Post #3 made 2 weeks ago
Great to hear from you @redlegger . You may have been gone but you haven't been forgotten :peace: . I've been very lazy of late so today I'll try and add to answers that top members like @mally have given.

Trying to create a whirlpool with an immersion chiller in is pretty much impossible. I know this from first-hand experience so forget that. Before I go into how to avoid needing a whirlpool, for readers who don't have an immersion chiller let me say, if you do want to create one, don't use a drill - it's too fast. A large spoon that you gradually rotate around the edge of the kettle until you see a hollow at the top centre of the wort is what you want. A drill just creates a specialised whirlpool that throws everything away from it rather than into it.

But, you don't really need a whirlpool at all. There are a few easy ways to reduce the transfer of kettle trub into the fermenter. One way is to simply do a gentle transfer, gradually lowering a syphon hose into the bottom of the wort with your eye being able to see how much trub you are sucking up. And/or use your BIAB bag as a hop sock. And/or modify the end of your suction (syphon hose or inflow to a tap/faucet) so as the surface area is increased - so as the wort is gently drawn into the transfer hose - imagine an upside down funnel.

Probably one of the biggest dissatisfactions we brewers have is transfers. We try to rush them but a good transfer relies on gentleness. So, maybe part of any brewing plan should be to savour a beer, read a little of a book, or look at the sky. In other words, let some stillness and thoughtfulness in on your brew.

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