Whirlpool Install to Boil Kettle
I have been wanting to have the ability to more easily return wort to the boil kettle from the counter flow chiller and also try to get some whirlpool action at the same time. Over the course of a couple months, I scoured posts at Home Brew Talk, looked into Jamil Zainasheff’s whirlpool set up and a few other renditions of DIY whirlpool builds. For the most part, what I found is that most of the builds out there are set up for immersion chillers. Since I already use a counter flow chiller, I definitely didn’t want to be shopping for a new chiller set up just to incorporate a whirlpool into my brew day.
I decided to turn to the guys at More Beer in Riverside. I reached out to Rob in their shop and asked if he uses a set up on their sculpture for when they do weekend demonstrations. After a few emails, he set me up with all the right fittings. Below are some photos of how it all ended up working when installing to the boil kettle.
Here is the list of fittings and quantities I purchased from More Beer and Lowe’s:
- Male quick disconnect with barb (2)
- 1/2″ full coupler (1)
- 1/2″ street elbow (2)
- 1/2″ x 1.5″ threaded nipple (1)
- 1/2″ mpt x 1/2″ compression fitting (1)
- 3/8″ x 2′ copper pipe (1) was purchased at Lowe’s.
The first run-through seemed to work well with only a few small leaks from the fittings that are inside the kettle. I will add thread tape the connections and am confident that will remedy that with no problems. The whirlpool is not nearly as vigorous as I expected, but nonetheless, it definitely gets some good action and I can now just “click in” when returning wort to the kettle from the counter flow chiller.