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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 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.


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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. 

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4.6 / 5.0
32 Reviews
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Good performance so far
I bought this chiller because it was significantly cheaper than a counter flow chiller while employing the same concept and it performed as expected. My wort was chilled to pitching temperature in the time it took to empty my kettle into the fermenter. As some others have mentioned, cleaning requires a bit of work; just run water through the wort side in both directions for a few seconds, soak in PBW, rinse, and dry in the over at 300F for 90 minutes and you are cleaned and sanitized for the next batch. As an added measure of security, I do run wort through the plate for the last 15 minutes of my boil and no issues so far.
October 9, 2017
8 months ago
Used in combination with a copper coil
I had some concerns reading other reviews when I bought this product; the water from our hose is not always very cold. I used a copper chilling coil for many years, but was disappointed with the amount of time it took to cool my wort. My approach was to immerse the copper coil in a small bucket of ice water. I ran the water ran through the coil before it went into the chiller. I had amazing success: the wort initially was coming out at 62 degrees as fast as my boil kettle could drain. I slowed the feed of water slightly to increase the temperature to my desired 68 degrees. Overall I am very happy with the purchase.
June 14, 2017
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
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
Great product
Thing works really well!
March 21, 2016
amazing cooling capability
amazing cooling capability, fast!
December 10, 2015
not good
Not good because still trying to find out the thread size for the wort in wort out. Also remeber I have not been happy with the NB service sence the mess up over & over with my gift cards.
November 13, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
1/2" Male Pipe Thread is the wort in and out. The water in and out is 3/4" Garden Hose Thread. Customer service is always happy to help with any issue! Cheers!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
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
Good Once You Get a System
This is a great item, but I struggled more with this chiller than any other part of my brewing process, filling my kitchen with water once. It also took 3 runs to get the cleaning process down, but both of those things are behind me and ultimately did not affect my review because the unit mostly does what it's designed to do. Still, it receives a 4-star review because of its usability as-is: I had to make a stand for it because laying it down as shown in the video leaves wort in the lines. Standing it up still creates flow problems because its ungainly shape means that liquid lines are too close and must be snaked around each other (I prefer the shape of the Blichmann), but this is workable with careful attention.My setup, in case this saves someone else some time:Water Input: faucet adapter from 55/64 threaded to 3/4" garden hose barb swivel fitting, tubing, 3/4" garden hose barb swivelWater Output: 3/4" garden hose barb swivel, tubing (to drain)Wort Input: 1/2" male pipe thread to male quick disconnect on pot ball valve, 1/2" female quick disconnect to barb, tubing, barb to 1/2" male quick disconnect, 1/2" female quick disconnect on chillerWort Output: 1/2" female quick disconnect on chiller, 1/2" male quick disconnect to barb, tubing (to fermenter)I didn't bother with a Thrumometer and instead just marked my boil kettle ball valve position soI get a low enough final wort temperature. In retrospect, all the quick disconnects are not necessary, but do simplify the cleaning process. And final work of advice: don't use teflon tape on the garden hose swivels, because this will ultimately cause leaks.
October 8, 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: 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!
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
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!
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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