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More About Chill Rite
Chill Rite leads the industry in technology, performance and customer service. In 1991, Chill-Rite designed and patented The 32 Draft Beer System. The glycol chiller revolutionized the draught or draft beer dispensing industry. It introduced the concept of dispensing draught beer at 32° F and chilled the beer independent of the walk-in cooler temperature. In the course of just a few years the entire draught industry started to move towards the idea of “the colder the better.”
More About Glycol Chillers
If you want reliable temperature control over your fermentation and storage temperatures, IPS recommends looking into a glycol chiller system for your Brewery, Winery, Restaurant or Bar. A properly installed and sized glycol system will allow you to independently control your fermentation vessels, storage tanks, Kegs, Cellar and Cooler.
A glycol chiller is a refrigeration system that is used to cool a bath or a tub of antifreeze named "propylene glycol"
, or just "glycol".
The cooled Glycol is recirculated by pumping though a looped circuit of tubing connected to the input and output ports of a glycol chiller. This is the main cooling line. For every vessel or trunk line you want cooled, simply connect or "tee off" the inlet and outlet legs of the main cooling line. Once connected, glycol will now circulate through the heat-exchanger and the vessel and/or trunks will be cooled.
Control The Flow:
Glycol is usually chilled below the freezing point of water. This is very effective for cooling Beer to 32°, but if you would like to maintain a temperature higher than freezing for your wine, cider or other beverage, you will need to adjust the flow rate of the glycol through the heat-exchanger. This can be done in one of two ways if not built into your Glycol Chiller:
Manually; You can regulate the temperature of your wine or beverage by using a shut-off valve and adjusting it as needed. However, you will have to monitor it to make it work properly.
Automatically: A temperature controlled solenoid valve is the preferred way to easily and effectively control your temperatures and may be built into most modern Glycol Chiller Systems. Simply connect the temperature controlled solenoid valve to the tubing leading to the heat-exchanger and place the temperature probe/thermometer into wine or Beverage (using a therm o well). Program the temperature that you would like the wine or beverage to be at and the solenoid valve automatically opens and closes to maintain your desired temperature.
Most wineries usually use glycol at around a 33% solution in water because of the following benefits it has over using pure water alone:
Glycol is an antifreeze, so it can be cooled below freezing temperatures without icing-up the insides of the Glycol chiller (which would damage the chiller and make the cooling actually less effective). Glycol acts as lubrication for the pump.
Glycol holds temperature better than water in longer tubing runs.