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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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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 degrees...to cold to pitch normally...by 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
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
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
Worth every penny.
Wow these things work great. Went from boiling to too cold in less than 10 minutes. Works best with a pump.
February 23, 2017
8 months ago
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 Time Saver
Got the Shirron Plate for Xmas and used it today for the first time. Have to say it worked awesome. Took my wort off the stove and the thermostat had it at around 200 degrees. Hooked it up and chilled it into my 1st fermentation bucket. It came out around 63 degrees. I decided to hook mine up on the cold water side of my washer and have the water dump right into the empty washer.I used a 1/2 inch high temp line off the wort kettle and 3/8 inch line out of the chiller plate into the fermentation bucket. I read reviews that said it did not cool enough the first time through but with this system the wort cooled right down. The key is to have cool water going through the chiller and allow the wort to go slowly through the chiller. This saved me so much time. I was able to top off my fermentation bucket and pitch my yeast with in 20 mins from taking the wort off the stove.
December 30, 2010
outstanding chiller
I am amazed at how well this works, outstanding! 10 gallons to 64 degrees in 15 minutes! A great piece of equipment.
January 8, 2012
I got it today cleaned it in my Mark II carboy cleaner using the hose attachments and went to a friends house to help brew. I used my old immersion chiller as a pre-chiller in a ice bath and 5 gallons or so of boiling hot wort at pitching temp in a miniscule amount of time compared to baths and immersion. This is a must have! My former friend almost lost his other arm trying to steal it!
March 30, 2013
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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: It is certainly possible, but making that connection to your kitchen faucet might be tricky depending on what faucet you have - but chances are you can find at Home Depot. I think your easiest bet would be to use a standard washing machine hose and find/assemble a fitting that connects from one of its female ends to your faucet. The other female end would connect to the "Water In" port on the chiller.

Another approach would be to make a custom hose, with a standard female garden hose connector on the end that connects to the chiller's "Water In" port, and a connector to your kitchen faucet on the other end.
May I use this item not to chill but to keep warm the most for maceration?
A shopper on Jun 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's a heat transfer device. Two channels pass each other and via contact through shared surfaces they transfer heat energy and come out more balanced. The biggest question you'll face is if the liquid passing through has particles in it that might clog the channels in the plate.

I don't see any reason you can't use it. I use the hot water output from the plate for cleaning purposes on the brew equipment.
Can the plate chiller also be immersed in ice bath for additional cooling?
James M on Jun 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You could do that, but I'm not sure it would significantly improve chilling. If your tap water is too hot to chill to pitching temps (as is the case with mine) you need to use a pre-chiller. This can either be copper or stainless coil submerged in an ice bath, or do as I do and use a fountain pump to pump an igloo cooler full of ice water through it. I've found the 15 gallon igloo to be adequate to chill wort from boiling to sub 60 degrees if you control the flow right.
Is there a decent, affordable pump you would recommend to use with this?
Alon H on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A chugger pump will set you back about a 150 but don't forget all the high temp hoses and connections. Which ones you choose can vary greatly based on the features and finish. They'll all work the same so go for what fits your budget now and build over time later. For the water lines I used a set of washing machine lines to make connecting and disconnecting the garden hose much easier although they're really not needed. Cheers!
What is needed for connect to shirron chiller plate?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2017
Shirron Plate Chiller
Shirron Plate Chiller
15 Gal. MegaPot 1.2™ Brew Kettle
15 Gal. MegaPot 1.2™ Brew Kettle
BEST ANSWER: The megapot barb is 1/2" so you need high temp 1/2" ID tubing. Then the wort in and out connections on the plate chiller are 1/2" threaded so you need a 1/2" female threaded barb adapter. I like the blichmann quick connectors, there are cheaper fittings that are less convenient and more expensive quick disconnects that are more convenient. Best when used with a pump or -5 plus feet of gravity feed with a hop filter in the kettle to prevent hops from clogging it
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](http://www.northernbrewer.com/female-stainless-1-2-npt-x-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 http://www.northernbrewer.com/304-stainless-1-2-coupling with a male quick connect http://www.northernbrewer.com/male-stainless-quick-disconnect-x-male-1-2-npt and then your hose will need a female quick connect http://www.northernbrewer.com/female-stainless-quick-disconnect-x-1-2-barb The water in water out are connected with a garden hose thread http://www.northernbrewer.com/female-brass-garden-hose-thread-x-1-2-barb-single 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.
Sorry if I missed this in the description. But how many plates is this? 10? 20? 30?
Alexander C on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, the chiller has 10 plates. Cheers!
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!

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