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Plate Chillers


Rossa O’Neil • Dublin, Ireland asks,

I have been thinking of buying a plate chiller for the last year for a few reasons: 1) it takes less time to chill the wort than my current copper wort chiller, and 2) it uses less water. So I believe there are two main options when buying one; either a closed plate chiller which cannot be taken apart or a design that can.  What are the ups and downs of the two and how do you go about cleaning them to ensure the precious wort is bug free?

  This is a good question in that there is not a single answer. The company that puts bread on my table manufactures plate heat exchangers, among many other things stainless, and
Response by Ashton Lewis.