Blichmann Therminator™

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SKU# 7516

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The Therminator™ from Blichmann Engineering stainless steel plate-type wort chiller, is a miniature version of the plate chillers that the pros use. It is, unquestionably, the fastest and most efficient way to chill your wort to yeast pitching temperature.

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The Therminator™ Plate Chiller from Blichmann Engineering

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The Therminator is a stainless steel plate-type wort chiller, a miniature version of the plate chillers that the pros use. It is, unquestionably, the fastest and most efficient way to chill your wort to yeast pitching temperature.

The Therminator can chill 10 gallons of boiling wort to pitching temperature within 5 minutes when using 58°F cooling water at 5 gpm. This super-efficient chiller uses less water than any other chiller on the market, and is especially great for brewers in southern climates!

The plates and fittings are all 316 stainless steel; they have been brazed together with pure copper in an oxygen-free furnace. There is no potential for leaking, as in a gasketed unit. The fittings for the water are garden hose threads, and the wort side uses 1/2" male NPT fittings. This chiller has tremendously low restriction, making it ideal for gravity feed (no pumps required).

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

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

While the Therminator 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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Awesome, but requires some preventative mnx
Easily the best chiller I've ever used. So glad I have it versus the standard immersion type. I use mine in conjunction with a pump, and with moderately cold water, I can easily get 5 gallons of 200+ degree wort to ale-pitching temps (65-75 degrees) in as little as 5 minutes. During one cold winter brew, I actually got the wort to lager-pitching temps in the same time. Amazing.On blockage...I don't doubt it, but I use whole hops exclusively, and with a false bottom at that, so it's never clogged on me. I would be hesitant to use this thing with pellet hops, and if you did, make sure to use some type of filtering device to keep them out.Bottom line with this thing, you MUST keep be vigilant in keeping it clean. Even when using whole hops and a false bottom, I still have some particle exit the chiller when back flushing.Here's my recommend cleaning procedure. I've been used this thing for over 30 brews now and I've never had an infection. Use the same procedure before and after each use.1. Soak in hot PBW (or a similar solution) for a couple of hours or overnight.2. Use back flush assembly (see my review to make your own) to clean further/rinse out PBW solution. I usually let it run for about 5 minutes, each side.3. Sanitize by baking (yes you read that right), in an oven at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Don't worry, it will not hurt it, and the oven will dry it out thoroughly and kill any potential baddies living in it in the process. Just make sure to have the holes upright (as written on the unit).I guess you could sanitize by soaking in a Star-San solution, but I find baking works very well and there's no need to worry about getting all of the liquid out.
November 2, 2010
Top Shelf Engineering
Getting back into brewing wort chilling was one of the places I was willing to invest for the final solution. Lots of options out there but as plate chillers are about engineered solutions saving time and work thru physics my choice was to opt for top shelf engineering. Consistently pitching yeast 10 mins after boil - no regrets here.
October 13, 2015
Just what I needed
This chiller cools fast. I've used it twice after switching from an immersion chiller. Would buy again.
November 9, 2015
Best brewing purchase to date!!
Amazing product. I take 5 gallons from flameout to
May 19, 2015
Absolutely Awesome
After spending an evening with my son in law stirring ice water around a pot of hot wort a few months back, I decided to find a better way. Saw the ad for the Therminator and took a chance. Just tested it in conjunction with a leak test on the electric brewing system. Fed 11 gallons of boliing water into it as fast as I could and the output was at a solid 68 degrees! Never seen anything like it. I can go directly to the dermenter, aerate, pitch and close it up. No stirring in a tub of ice water, no pouring from the pot into a funnel to the fermenter, far less chance of infection and a quicker turn-around. Worth at least twice what I paid for it.
February 28, 2012
Wow I'm happy!
Although I didn't buy mine from Northern Brewer, I like to support my local home brew store (UBOTTLIT in Henderson, NV) when they aren't too over priced.Tried it out -- Wow worked great. Tap water 68 degrees 5 gallons from boiling to 72 degrees in 10 minutes grand.Phil
March 5, 2015
Works Great
Best wort chiller on the market hands down.
November 26, 2013
Better than advertised
Count me among the satisfied. I chilled my wort from over 200 degrees F to 68 degrees in under five minutes with hose/tap water. Shortened my brewing time considerably, along with reducing the risk of infection from swirling around an immersion chiller. The only downside is that it adds to your cleanup time (backflush, soak in PBW and rinse), but definitely worth it.
October 2, 2013
Chills boiling wort to pitching temps as fast as you can drain/pump though it
I am 100% satisfied with the Therminator. I read quite a few mixed reviews and plate/counterflow chiller arguments but decided to go with the Therminator and couldn't be happier. I used it this past weekend and was able to chill wort straight out of the boil kettle and into my fermenter as fast as I could pump the wort through the chiller. I would highly recommend adding a SS Coupling, 1/2 SS 1inch nipple, SS Tee and a 1/2inch thermometer to the Wort out side, this way you can tell the temp of the wort coming out and adjust your water and/or wort flow as needed to get to yeast pitching temp. Cleaning is a pain but I feel the fact i can pump straight into my fermenter MORE than makes up for the cleaning. Be sure to use the backflush immediately after use to pump any excess wort left in it (there is more than you think in there) and to help clean it out. I also soaked in PBW overnight, backflushed again, then put in the oven for 2hrs at 400 to boil off any water left inside.Also prior to use, make sure you have all the connections needed to hook up to this. Luckily I had a garden hose disconnect handy when I went to use it because most garden hoses have a male connector on the end, where as the therminator needs a female connector to hook up to it. You can easily find these disconnects at home depot/hardware store.
April 26, 2011
Amazing
I am astounded by the efficiency with which the Therminator cools wort. I've only brewed 3 batches with this so far and have had no problems with it. It cooled the ale to 64 degrees as fast as I could run it through the march pump and chiller, and the lagers were 52 degrees with little effort adjusting the flow. I am in PA however, and it's been a bit chilly out (water temp approx 55 degrees). Looking forward to summer temps to see how well this thing reallyperforms.I almost exclusively brew with hop pellets and my biggest concern was clogging the chiller. I splurged and spent 20 bucks to put together a mesh paint strainer bag suspended over my kettle for my hop additions as well as a stainless braid contraption over my pickup tube to minimize hop ingestion during transfer/cooling. This maybe overkill but I feel that this is the best, least expensive, and worry-free way to compliment the greatest method to chill ye olde wort.
February 16, 2010
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What is the shipping weight and package dimension of the therminator plate chiller?
J O on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The package will be roughly 12x12x12 inches and weigh about 8 lbs.
This looks and sounds like a great unit, but I'm concerned about the potential for clogging when hop residue enters the chiller. I would be using it for 25 gallon batches and sometimes my whirlpool doesn't work out as well as I would like. Will clogging be a problem?
P E on Oct 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Blichmann Engineering recommends filtering your wort with a Boil Screen or a HopBlocker prior to chilling. A whirlpool increases effectiveness further. I would not recommend relying on only a whirlpool.

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Gabe from NB
Do these come apart if you need to do a deep cleaning? Maybe you let a few trub/hop chunks get into it
Daniel F on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Dan

Thank you for your question. The Therminator doesn't come apart. Cleaning it right away will cut down on difficult/stuck debris. If you still need a deeper clean you can purchase the Therminator Backflush unit. Found at the URL http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/therminator-backflush-assembly I hope this answers your question.

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