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a stainless steel wort chiller next to a copper wort chiller.

The Ultimate Guide to Copper vs Stainless Steel Wort Chillers

In the world of brewing, material choice plays a pivotal role in the efficiency and outcome of the brewing process. Copper and stainless steel are two of the most commonly used materials in brewing equipment. Each offers distinct advantages and potential drawbacks, affecting everything from heat transfer and maintenance to beer quality and environmental impact. This guide provides an in-depth comparison to help brewers decide which material best suits their needs. Thermal Properties Copper Copper’s thermal conductivity is among the highest of any commercial metal, approximately 401 W/m·K. This exceptional ability to conduct heat rapidly makes copper ideal for applications Read More

How to disassemble, clean, and maintain quick disconnect fittings in your brewery.

Quick Disconnect Fittings in Brewing: A Comprehensive Guide

While professional breweries already use them, quick disconnect (QD) fittings are a game-changer for home brewers, embodying simplicity and efficiency during your brew day. These fittings, which allow for the rapid connection and disconnection of liquid lines without tools, have helped streamline the brewing process, making them an indispensable asset and time saver on brew day. This guide aims to be a definitive source for understanding and utilizing QD fittings in brewery, covering their types, applications, benefits, and maintenance. Introduction to Quick Disconnect Fittings At their core, Quick Disconnect fittings are designed to simplify the fluid transfer process, enabling swift Read More

wort chillers on an industrial sink ready to be cleaned.

Cleaning Wort Chillers: Counterflow, Immersion, and Plate

In the world of brewing beer, the magic isn’t just in the ingredients or the brewing process; it’s also encapsulated in the crucial moments of cooling the wort. Wort chillers, whether they’re counterflow, plate, or immersion, play a pivotal role in this stage, ensuring your brew transitions smoothly from a vigorous boil to the perfect temperature for fermentation while also cooling fast enough to create a strong cold break. But, as with all brewing equipment, the secret to their efficiency lies not just in their use but in their care. Cleaning your wort chiller might not be the most glamorous Read More

Sparge Arm hanging on a kettle via the Hangover from exchilerator.

New Sparge Arm

We are very proud to announce the release of our new fully adjustable sparge arm! While the D and Straight sparge arms were great products, they were developed (as most sparge arms are) with smaller spray ports that can get plugged with grain bits during re-circulation. Our original intention was to give brewers an easy to use sparge arm that was also easy to clean with a brush when necessary. While the removable end caps accomplished this (and our customers loved them), we really wanted to find a more elegant solution. We are always looking for ways to improve our Read More

purge and waste valve shown on a Chugger wort pump

Stop Cavitation With A Purge & Waste Bleeder Valve

Have you ever had your brewing day delayed because somehow, even with all your ports open, your wort pump does not seem to prime properly? Perhaps you were transferring wort from your kettle to a wort chiller and you wanted to remove residual liquids from the transfer hoses. Most of us typically try to remove a hose at some high point in our circulation path to let the air push its way through. This solution, along with the burning hot 200 degree sticky wort seeping from the disconnected end (you have in your burnt hand), typically ends up on the Read More

adding teflon tape to the chugger assembly

Screeching Noise From A Chugger Pump? – Here’s How to Fix it

A Chugger Pump is often an essential piece of brewing equipment that holds a special place in many avid homebrewer’s hearts. In its simplest form, it is used to transfer hot and cold liquids between brewing vessels. Over time, however, many homebrewers have encountered what seems to be the common issue of a noisy Chugger Pump. All it takes is a simple Google search, and you will easily find a plethora of articles, videos, and forum posts where homebrewers are complaining of the issue and attempting to solve it. Typically it begins with the pump vibrating, then the vibrations quickly Read More

A side view of the Hangover brewing accessory.

The Hangover™ Demonstration

Kenny from Exchilerator walks you through a few of the various configurations that are possible with our new brewing accessory The Hangover™. After nearly a year of R&D and countless renditions, we have finally released our newest brewing accessory we lovingly call The Hangover™. The Hangover™ was created when one of the partners in the company was trying to recirculate his mash without a built in port. He had been trying to use silicon tubing with a spring clamp on the edge of his kettle and was for the sake of this post ‘frustrated’. We started discussing the various options Read More

First test of the exchilerator

The Exchilerator’s First Rodeo

First prototype Exchilerator ever made. This video shoot was our first experience that demonstrated the stability in which MAXX unit can quickly drop wort temperatures to the extreme! It also proves the consistency in which the temperatures are regulated. This video demonstrates the following:

high ground water temp wort chilling

Summer Brew Session | Cooling Wort When Ground Water Temperatures are High

As summer climates rise, it can be a challenge to bring your wort temperatures down to “Chill”. In this episode, Kenny explores a combo technique by using a “PreChilerator” that first cools the ground water temperature, and then uses the Exchilerator MAXX to bring his famous porter beer recipe wort down to pitching temp. This video is full of fresh summer hop eye candy! Learn how to chill your wort quickly regardless of your groundwater temps or hot southern weather! This demonstration uses the following products:

Using an Exchilerator Maxx as a HERMS system.

How to use your Maxx counterflow chiller as a HERMS system

Heat Exchanged Recirculating Mash System In this episode, Kenny explores the HERMS technique by using the Maxx counterflow wort chiller in the opposite way as to heat up and regulate mash temperatures Fall is a fun time to brew! This demonstration displays a pump fed Exchilerator Maxx in a HERMS configuration.