Brewery Chiller Technical Support-
Simple checks before you call.
- The first thing to check with your chiller and all chillers that are not working is to note what displays are listed on the main panel or note what the visual gauges show to you. Do this before you reset anything. This is the most valuable information for any service technician when you talk to them.
2. The chiller may not work because the incoming voltage is not ocrrect or missing a phase. Brown outs can cause poor incoming voltage or a dropped leg. Check all fuses and incoming voltages to be sure that the main power is correct.
3. Confirm that the chiller tank is full and pump is circulating. No chiller should run if the pump is not running first. Flow related issues can occur. Another issue to check would be any Y strainers or filters that slow or stop the flow when blocked with debris.
4. The Brewery industry chillers generally are air cooled only and they are also glycol due to the near 20F settings for the kettles and cooling of the fermented beer. Keeping the mixtures of glycol is very important and with all the changing of kettles, this mixture can weaken. Check monthly.
5. Be sure that your chiller, if air cooled and inside, can breath and the area where it runs is not over 100F. Most portable indoor chillers are not rated for overly high inlet air temperatures.
6. Brewery chillers have always changing loads depending on what one is being crash cooled while others are just in a holding stage. Water flow throughout the inside kettles is very important and planning for expansion with additional trunks will save time during expansion and shut down. Always have a bypass at the end of the fluid loop.