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Lauter Helix.

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by wide eyed and legless, 2/7/17.

 

  1. wide eyed and legless

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    Posted 13/1/19
    Finished today's brew day, never fails to amaze how that helix works.
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    Posted 19/1/19
    WEAL, do you pump to your fermenter or gravity feed?
     
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    Posted 19/1/19
    Gravity.
     
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    Posted 19/1/19
    Cheers
    Just read through the whole thread. Was thinking of using the helix in place of my pick up tube but on reading the thread I might rethink.
    I am using a 1 vessel recirculation system. I then chill with an immersion chiller, whirlpool, rest for 45 mins to let settle, then gravity feed into the fermenter.
    It seems people who chill in the kettle seem to have flow problems with the cold break.
    Is that how you read it?
     
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    Posted 19/1/19
    I'd agree. I've used the helix about a dozen times and only had it drain easily once. I chill with the immersion chiller in the guten.
     
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    Posted 19/1/19
    Cheers
     
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    Posted 19/1/19
    They are only good for 'no chill', it can filter any amount of hops but the cold break will block it.
     
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    Posted 19/1/19
    Thanks
     
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    Posted 17/4/19
    WEAL where do you get the elbow and end cover from?
     
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    Posted 25/6/19 at 12:06 PM
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    Posted 25/6/19 at 12:17 PM
    I got one from kegland. It's not as magical as I expected. You can mash it around when it's blocked but I get heaps of trub in the last cube anyway.
     
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    Posted 25/6/19 at 9:38 PM
    It might work better as a trub dam.
     
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    Posted 26/6/19 at 4:20 AM
    That's a good idea, I actually know someone who did that when he didn't know how to set it up, one of the first ones I sold. He has a large kettle so joined 2 together. He said it worked, all the trub got trapped in the centre after whirlpooling.
     
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    Posted 26/6/19 at 7:26 AM
    I chill in my guten with an immersion chiller and also whirlpool with the pump whilst chilling. I then drain via the helix to my fermenter and have had no issues so far. But I do use the hop spider.
     
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    Posted 26/6/19 at 8:17 AM
    I tried the whirlpool on my last brew the pump got clogged I do have a spare pump which I have used before coming straight from the tap. Also my last brew I got some trub into the fermenter because my pick up tube had dropped down, now I have put a helix coil the full circumference of the Guten which will also prevent my pick up tube from dropping. I will have to do two brews now, one with the dam and one with the whirlpool and helix.
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    Posted 26/6/19 at 8:21 AM
    Obviously this only works if you are using pellets, I think you might have issues if you mix pellet and leaf, or a lot of leaf.

    But I have always found that a whirlpool post flame out will deposit my trub and hops in a neat pile in the centre of my kettle, and if I am careful with how I draw it off, this remains undisturbed. A trub dam could work very well at encouraging this pile to stay where it is.
     
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    Posted 26/6/19 at 8:28 AM
    That is what I think will happen, I also have a reducer to 8 mm in the pick up so there is less suction.
     
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    Posted 26/6/19 at 9:32 AM
    This is how I have mine setup. So it seems to dam everything in the middle.

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    Posted 26/6/19 at 4:34 PM
    Truman, do you chill or not? I’m trying to find solutions to the helix continually blocking. It’s a PITA. If anyone chills and has a pain free way to transfer out to the fermenter, please yell out.
     
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    Posted 27/6/19 at 12:32 AM
    I do both and so far havent had a problem draining via the Helix but I do use a hop spider.
     

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