Turning a B3-500 upside down

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Turning a B3-500 upside down

Postby rudraigh » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:55 pm

Well, sort of.

I bought a 500, a March pump, and a plate chiller. My idea is to put the HLT on the bottom tier, mash tun in the middle, and the kettle on the top and use my pump to move the liquid around. When time comes to chill the wort, I want to gravity feed it through my plate chiller directly into my carboy. The pump will be used to recirculate cooling water through the chiller.

Anyone done anything like this? Does it work well? Am I totally barking up the wrong tree?

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Re: Turning a B3-500 upside down

Postby turbo_ale » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:48 pm

I for one would not want the boil kettle on top, hard to add items, check on, stir, cover, plus if you have a boil over, what a mess.

I think by mounting the PC horizontal right off the ball valve you would have enough room to gravity feed to carboy ?
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Re: Turning a B3-500 upside down

Postby pclemon » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:26 am

rudraigh wrote:The pump will be used to recirculate cooling water through the chiller.


Most people just use water pressure from the tap (and would free up the pump to move wort).
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Re: Turning a B3-500 upside down

Postby BeerPal » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:12 am

rudraigh wrote:Anyone done anything like this? Does it work well? Am I totally barking up the wrong tree?

In the normal configuration, how high is the valve on the boil kettle? For years I gravity-fed my Therminator into a carboy from a converted keg sitting on a Camp Chef cooker with leg exetensions with great success.
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Re: Turning a B3-500 upside down

Postby rudraigh » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:47 pm

turbo_ale wrote:I for one would not want the boil kettle on top, hard to add items, check on, stir, cover, plus if you have a boil over, what a mess.
I think by mounting the PC horizontal right off the ball valve you would have enough room to gravity feed to carboy ?


I've brewed four batches and have no issue with having the BK on top. I used to be a professional brewer and have no problem climbing a step ladder.

Anyway, I'm still trying to visualize how this is going to work in my little brew-shed.
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Re: Turning a B3-500 upside down

Postby rudraigh » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:52 pm

pclemon wrote:
rudraigh wrote:The pump will be used to recirculate cooling water through the chiller.


Most people just use water pressure from the tap (and would free up the pump to move wort).


Most people have a handy tap that they can do that with. I'm not most people. I'm brewing in a shed and don't, currently, have access to the tap. I will remedy that, eventually.

The idea is that I can use the pump to circulate water through the PC and through an old wort chiller in a bucket with ice water and gravity feed my wort through the PC into my fermenter. In theory, I should use considerably less water this way. Seems like a good way to go if I can just work out the logistics.
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Re: Turning a B3-500 upside down

Postby rudraigh » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:58 pm

BeerPal wrote:
rudraigh wrote:Anyone done anything like this? Does it work well? Am I totally barking up the wrong tree?

In the normal configuration, how high is the valve on the boil kettle? For years I gravity-fed my Therminator into a carboy from a converted keg sitting on a Camp Chef cooker with leg exetensions with great success.


Well now! THAT's an interesting bit of kit! Does it flow well? I'm using the plate wort chiller currently available from MoreBeer and I was worried about flow rates if I didn't have enough drop. I haven't actually measured but I suspect the valve out of the BK is maybe a little over 5 feet high.
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