Shirron Plate Chiller
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 counterflow designs. Save water and time while chilling your wort. Reach pitching temp in record time and reduce the chance of contamination in your homebrew.
The Shirron 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 increase flow rates through the chiller and allow for more mounting options.
Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
It gets the job done, but doesn’t have enough plates to go straight from the kettle to carboy. Had to recirculate from the plate chiller back into the kettle to get it to drop temperature enough. Definitely more efficient than an immersion chiller though!
I brought this as a secondary chiller Plate to fallow my primary Blichmann chiller plate buti cam tell by my temp out readings it not a Blichmann did ok should spent the extra
Highly recommend.Cooling wort is now easier with the plate chiller versus the old immersion chiller I used in the past.Much quicker also.
Used it twice in one day. Setup -> ball-valve on wort output QD on wort inputs and ball-valve output. I boiled the plate chiller sterilizing it. First time worked great. cooled at an unreal rate. I actually got my wort a bit to cold. I was using a 15 gallon Kettle, 5 gallon batches, three ounces of pelleted hops/batch, 16 pounds of malt..., and 44.6 degree cooling water. I always start my boils with my diptube twisted almost 180 degrees from the bottom. This keeps the tube out of the garbage on the bottom and I lower it accordingly with my spoon near the end of the transfer. Whirlpooling = Fantasy. However I had the diptube removed and forgot to reinstall it for the second batch. This time it plugged soon into the transfer and I had to rush for the immersion cooler. My error but I'm purchasing a hop stop. I seen a very large one that will do nicely. Now the over cooling issue. I can buy two flow meters (i.e. one for the wort and one for the water). then collect some cooling point data and interpolate more and make a nice laminated chart, or solve a linear differential equation for the correct wort flow rate. or if not linear (which it is a linear diff. eq.) I could use chaos theory... bifurcation...etc. Nah. Seriously I'm going to use a thermometer and throttle the output on the fly. Back flushed to clean it out. Last note, I'm fabricating a bracket to hold it. I,m planning a design it can slip in and out of easily.
This chiller has shortened my brews by a good 20 minutes! Very pleased with it.