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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 products! The idea behind our new sparge arm began with its single large port and lip design. This simple yet elegant design produces a beautiful, gentle spray pattern that gently rinses your mash without any chance of plugging during re-circulation. The ½” stainless port will allow any grain or adjunct Read the full article...
Sparge Arm hanging on a kettle via the Hangover from exchilerator.

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 floor or your equipment causing a sticky unsanitary mess. Sound familiar? The cause of this cavitation problem is typically due to an air bubble or pocket of air that is stuck in the head or impeller of the brew pump. Magnetic clutch pumps have an impeller which is similar to Read the full article...
purge and waste valve shown on a Chugger wort pump

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 escalate into a loud, grinding or screeching noise until finally, the pump stops moving liquid entirely. This well-documented problem has even been mentioned in Brew Your Own magazine, when Chugger released its newest pump (Chugger X-Dry Pump) that was actually marketed against the noisy problem. Identifying the Problem: What IS Read the full article...
adding teflon tape to the chugger assembly

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 that were out there, including buying new hardware or drilling out new ports in his kettles. While new brew kettles were an option, it didn’t make sense as he did not brew that often and could not really justify a new rig for a few sessions per year hobby. Drilling Read the full article...
A side view of the Hangover brewing accessory.

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: The Exchilerator Maxx (beta) Gravity fed chilling session
First test of the exchilerator

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: The Exchilerator Maxx Stainless Steel Chugger Pump
high ground water temp wort chilling

How to use your Exchilerator as a HERMS system

Heat Exchanged Recirculating Mash System In this episode, Kenny explores the HERMS technique by using The “ExChilerator” MAXX 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. Hi, My name is… I think this is great to be
Using an Exchilerator Maxx as a HERMS system.