Homebrew Glycol Chiller KF1/6BC: The Ultimate Cooling Solution for Small to Medium-Volume Homebrewers
As a homebrewer, you know how important it is to maintain a consistent and controlled temperature during the fermentation process. The KF1/6BC brewing glycol chiller from UBC Group is the perfect solution for small- to medium-volume homebrewers looking to take their brewing to the next level.
- Compact size (W18xD21xH12 inches) and weight (58 lbs gross)
- Designed to work well with jacketed fermenters and brite tanks for cold crashing
- A Digital thermostat allows you to control the temperature individually for 2 product lines. The maximum distance is 25 feet.
- 6.6-lb ice bank and a 1/6 hp compressor
- Provides consistent temperature control for your fermenting beer
- Saves space with its compact design
- Can be used with a variety of fermenters and brite tanks
- User-friendly digital thermostat for easy temperature control
- Energy-efficient design helps you save on electricity costs
- Suitable for small- to medium-volume homebrewers
The KF1/6BC homebrew glycol chiller from UBC Group is designed for easy installation. Simply connect the glycol lines to your jacketed fermenters or brite tanks and plug in the unit. The digital thermostat allows you to set and control the temperature for two separate product lines. The maximum distance between the chiller and your equipment is 25 feet.
Proper maintenance of your glycol chiller is important to keep it running efficiently and extend its lifespan. Here are some tips for maintaining your KF1/6BC glycol chiller:
Clean the condenser coil regularly. Dust and debris can build up on the coil, which can reduce its efficiency. Use a soft brush or vacuum to clean the coil.
Check the glycol level regularly. The glycol level should be checked and maintained every six months. Add glycol as needed to maintain the proper level.
Check the hoses and connections for leaks. Leaks can cause the chiller to run inefficiently and can damage your equipment. Check the hoses and connections regularly and repair any leaks immediately.
Check the compressor oil level. The compressor oil level should be checked every six months. Add oil as needed to maintain the proper level.
Replace the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter can reduce the efficiency of the chiller. Check the air filter every six months and replace it as needed.
By following these simple maintenance tips, you can keep your KF1/6BC glycol chiller running efficiently and extend its lifespan.
How to Choose the Size of Glycol Chiller:
If you want to calculate the size of the glycol chiller you need, there are a few things you need to consider. First, you need to determine the bbl of your brewery (e.g. 10 bbl, 20 bbl, etc.). Then, you need to determine the pull-down load and the heat load for active fermentation. Use the table below to calculate the BTU/HR load for your system.
|Pull DownLoad||Volume (gal) x 8.33 x Temperature Differential (°F) / Hours of Pull Down|
|Heat Load for Active Fermentation||Total bbl's x 15 bricks x 280 BTU / 70 Hours|
|Total BTU/HR Load||Pull Down Load + Heat Load for Active Fermentation|
- A Chiller capable of providing a minimum of 5,000 BTU/HR @28°F Leaving Glycol Temperature would be required for a 10 bbl system
- Voltage: 110V/60Hz
- Maximum Pumping Head: 10.5 feet
- Maximum Flow Rate: 7.3 gpm
- Refrigerant: R134A
- Compressor: 1/6 HP
- Tank Volume: 6.6 lbs
Q: What is a glycol chiller?
A: A glycol chiller is a cooling system that uses a mixture of water and glycol to maintain a consistent and controlled temperature during the fermentation process.
Q: How do I calculate the size of the glycol chiller I need?
A: You need to determine the bbl of your brewery, the pull-down load, and the heat load for active fermentation. Use the formula provided in the article to calculate the BTU/HR load for your system.
Q: What is the maximum distance the KF1/6BC can cool?
A: The KF1/6BC can cool up to a maximum distance of 25 feet.
Q: What is the tank volume of the KF1/6BC?
A: The KF1/6BC has a tank volume of 6.6 lbs.
Q: What is the voltage of the KF1/6BC?
A: The voltage of the KF1/6BC is 110V/60Hz.
Q: What is the maximum flow rate of the KF1/6BC?
A: The maximum flow rate of the KF1/6BC is 7.3 gpm.
Q: What refrigerant does the KF1/6BC use?
A: The KF1/6BC uses R134A refrigerant.