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Blichmann Therminator™


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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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4.8 / 5.0
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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
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
Brings water down from 175 to 70 fast that's if your water cool to start
August 21, 2017
1 year ago
This thing is insane. I hooked up my chugger pump to push 17 gallons of boiling wort through it and it chilled it down to 70 degrees in 5 min! Score!
October 10, 2017
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
Incredible there is no other word; chills the beer real fast . It makes the difference
January 30, 2017
1 year ago
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
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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

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.
Can it be connected to megapot ? And does it need a pump ?
Steven M on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The therminator can be connected to any pot - just put the appropriate ends on high-temperature tubing and hook it up. A pump is not strictly required, but I would recommend using one. Gravity can feed wort through the therminator, but a device like this works best with a pump that has a control valve (ball valve works fine) to adjust the flow of wort to achieve the desired exit temperature. I use 2 pumps - one circulates ice water through the therminator, and the other pumps the hot wort through it. Works great! I can put 200F wort in and have it come out between 65F and 70F.
Can you please tell me what connectors I need to order if I am using this in a gravity system with a garden hose?
David C on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That is what I am doing. Garden hose fits directly to coolant channel. Easy. Wort gets tricky, depending on your hose termination/hookup. I use quick connects, but these work for standard wort hoses: http://www.northernbrewer.com/blichmann-quickconnector-fittings
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.


Gabe from NB
It can be conected to mega pot and is necessary a pump ?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It works well with gravity feed from the boil pot. Size of pot is not the driver, rather height of the pot creates the head for flow.. You may need to adjust height if flow is slower than you prefer.
I plan on using the therminator with a gravity system and a garden hose. What addition hoses and connections will I need to order in order to use this?
A shopper on Jan 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: For the water connections both in and out the Therminator has standard male garden hose connections. This means that for the water inlet, since you will have the female end of your hose connected to your house water supply, you will need a double female adapter to connect the male end of the supply hose to the male connector on the Therminator. For the water outlet you can just connect the female end of another garden house and let it drain to wherever.

For the wort side, both connections are 1/2" standard NPT, male. So you will need something with female 1/2" pipe thread to connect to them. I expect you are using some kind of high-temp tubing on the wort inlet to the Therminator, so you will need a barbed connector to fit the tubing with appropriate clamps and that has female 1/2" threads on the other end. For the outlet you can use the same thing letting the tube drain into your wort carboy. Hope this helps, it is pretty simple and standard plumbing.
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.

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