Shirron Plate Chiller


SKU# 7538

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This compact and economical plate chiller is very effective at rapidly reducing wort to pitching temperatures. Plate chillers are more efficient than both immersion chillers and other counter-flow designs. Save water and time while chilling your wort. Reach pitching temp in record time and reduce the chance of contamination in your home brew.


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The Shirron wort plate chiller is a highly-efficient, compact plate-type wort chiller similar in design to the Therminator. This chiller is made of 10 plates of 316 stainless steel that have been brazed together with pure copper in an oxygen-free furnace. The Shirron Chiller has a bit less surface area than the Therminator, but in our testing it was still very effective at rapidly reducing wort to pitching temperatures.

This chiller has 1/2" NPT threaded male hookups for the wort, and male Garden Hose fittings for the chilling and waste water. Wort may be pumped or gravity fed through the chiller.

We strongly recommend purchasing the optional backflush assembly for use in cleaning this chiller. 

High temperature Thermoplastic or Silicone tubing with a set of Quick Disconnects will add the ultimate flexibility during the brew day. 

While this chiller can be gravity fed, a pump, like our Steelhead pump, can help control flow rates through the chiller and allow for more mounting options. 

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4.6 / 5.0
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Worked Beautifully
I skipped the immersion chillers and use this for the first time a few weeks back and I was amazed. My grass got some water and my beer cooled down. I was tempted to buy the bigger better more expensive one but for 5 gallon batches I was pleasantly surprised. I actually had an issues where it was cooling too much so I had to speed it up. I did it all via gravity.
June 10, 2016
Fantastic Buy; Best piece of equipment I have gotten in a while
For years used an immersion chiller. On average, by pre-chilling the water, I could get the wort down to pitching temperatures in about 20-30 minutes. I have used this about 6 batches now, outside temperatures hovering around 63-65 degrees. With this thing, and only using a gravity feed (no pump), I easily get the wort down to under 60 cold to pitch pre-chilling the water, nearly instantly. Fantastic purchase, and much cheaper than the competition. Recommend buying some stainless quick disconnects for it.

For those of you worried about cleaning and disinfecting it, this is what I do (I am a clean freak when I brew, so this could be excessive - but it is also VERY effective):

Immediately upon completion of draining the wort, aerating, and pitching (or within a couple minutes), I back flush this with an adapter screwed into the bathroom sink for a minute or so, then front flush it. That gets out 90% of the crud. Then I run a no-rinse cleaner through it via gravity feed out of an old converted igloo cooler. I follow by doing the same thing with StarSan, then bake this in the oven at 300 degrees for 60 minutes, with tin foil loosely over the wort in/out connectors. That pretty much sanitizes anything left in there. Leave it with the tinfoil under the sink until I need it again, then on brew day, while brewing, bake it again at 300 degrees for an hour - just in case. Leave it in the oven with the oven off until I need it. Keeps it clean and sanitized, 100% of the time, every time. Easy and fairly quick.
January 31, 2017
Shirron Plate Chiller
What an amazing piece of hardware. Using the Chugger pump, my wort cools from boiling hot to yeast-pitch cool in seconds. Get a hand valve for the wort discharge port to regulate the flow and temperature.
November 13, 2015
200F In - 66F Out. Need I say more?
- 5 gallon (full volume boil) batches.- 4.3 FT march pump with SS Chugger center head. - All stainless and silicone 1/2'' plumbing.200F-212F wort pumped into chiller plate, 66F+ out.Out temp is controlled by flow of ball valve on t
December 5, 2013
Great product
Thing works really well!
March 21, 2016
Worked Perfectly!
Big improvement over my home made immersion chiller. Brought a 5 gallon batch down to temp in about 10 minutes.
May 11, 2013
Don't even waste your money on Immersion chillers. This product is amazing. Cooled my wort from boil to 72 in 10 minutes and that is with warm Florida tap water. Gravity fed worked very well. Flowed smoothly with a kettle screen/valve in place.
January 8, 2012
Works great
First time use. I configured the chiller with 3/8" hose fittings and a thread adapter, enabling me to use the faucet in the kitchen sink to supply tap water. During setup, I dialed in the temperature of the wort using a few gallons of boiling water. I bought a nice ball valve from NB for flow control, placing it downstream of the chiller. The Thrumometer is a must-have. I was concerned that I would need a pump to generate sufficient flow, but I had no problems siphoning wort from the height of the stovetop to the floor. The chiller is problematic to clean, but with the right method and lots of patience it is possible. The benefit of cooling the wort quickly and efficiently is more than worth the effort - highly recommended!
July 25, 2014
From Boiling Hot to Pitching Temp in the Time it Takes to Drain the Kettle
Forget ice baths and immersion chillers! If you want to minimize DMS this plate chiller will literally cool that boiling hot wort down to pitching temperature in the time it takes to drain the kettle.In fact I sometimes have to mix hot/cold water on the input (St. Paul tap) in order to keep it flowing.Mount it vertically with the hot wort in at the top to let gravity do all the work.Don't let the "low-end" price fool you -- I'm not even sure that those bigger more expensive units would really work any better.
July 12, 2010
amazing cooling capability
amazing cooling capability, fast!
December 10, 2015
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can this be adapted to be used with water flowing from a kitchen sink?
M A on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. You'll need to find an adaptor for your sink's spout. The end of it should unscrew and use it to match the threads.
Does NB carry the fittings for this chiller?
D A on Jan 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, for the wort line a [Female 1/2" NPT w/ 1/2" barb]( would work. The water hookups are a standard garden hose fittings.
Does it come with the connections needed for water and wort In and out, also do you need to buy any extra tubes or does it come with those also.
S H on Jan 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Matt,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The shirron plate chiller does not come with any connectors to make a persons set up customizable. For example, a lot of brewers choose to use quick connectors, while some use barbed connectors. You will need to purchase all of the hoses to hook up to the chiller as well. I would go with the 1/2 inch silicon tubing. To run quick connects, you will need to use a female coupling with a male quick connect and then your hose will need a female quick connect The water in water out are connected with a garden hose thread I hope that this helps! Have a great day!
I have concerns about plugging it up. Has anyone had problems with hop residue getting into the chiller? Does anyone use a screen in their kettle to avoid the problem? Thanks.
S T on Nov 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Just brewed today using the Sharon Plate Chiller for the first time. I used a 6" screen in my brew pot and had no problems with anything plugging up. FYI I used two ounces of hops and a Whirlflock tablet during the boil. Highly recommend the plate chiller, it saved time off my brew day.
What is needed for connect to shirron chiller plate?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: You will need temperature/food grade rubber tubing that connects from the brew kettle to the chiller and chiller to your fermentation vessel. The water in connection will require a male/female garden hose adapter. The "water out" connection will fit a stand garden hose. Remember to flush the unit out as soon as you can after chilling the wort. Buy the flushing tube adapter....well worth the $$$
Does this require a pump, or will it work with gravity?
S A on May 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A pump is highly recommended. It will work with gravity if you can get sufficient clearance. Works best with a pump though. Cheers!
Is there a decent, affordable pump you would recommend to use with this?
Alon H on Jan 7, 2017

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