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This topic is a split from the Abbott's Steam Stripper thread so that we can keep the info a bit less jumbled.
As I mentioned in that thread, I am in the very early phases of building out a three tiered brew system for producing both beer and wash as well as serving as the stand for my boiler and column. It will likely be powered by electric immersion elements and an electric steam generator in the line of designs courtesy of @Telluride and @TheMechWarrior. My first implementation of the steam generator is going to be to use it to heat my water inline by running steam through side of a counter flow chiller and water through the other. I was originally thinking of using my spare stainless counter flow, but after doing some more digging online it seems like a plate chiller would work better for this application both in terms of efficiency and the inherent minor backpressure on the boiler versus the 1/2 convoluted tubing on my counterflow.
I found a diagram that seems to outline my basic idea fairly well (obviously this is nothing original), and would love suggestions on how to improve such a system, and do you think the steam will provide enough heat to achieve a significant rise in water temperature at a flow rate of say 1 gpm with the proper exchanger? I would also love some assistance with the in depth steam calcs ala @TheMechWarrior in terms of sizing out an appropriate plate exchanger(s) rather than my usual method of buying a few and sticking with what works ;)
All in all, I just wanted to get a new, separate discussion started regarding alternative uses of steam, and will hopefully get to work on the boiler build in the coming weeks.