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Blichmann Therminator™


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The Therminator™ from Blichmann Engineering 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.


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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 a 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 increase flow rates through the chiller and allow for more mounting options.

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4.8 / 5.0
49 Reviews
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Does the job well!
I'm glad I paid the extra money to get one of these vs an immersion chiller. In about 10 mins, I can take 5 gallons of boiling wort down to 68-72 F in one go using cold tap water, then straight to pitching yeast. Saves on time and water usage.

I did have to take away one star because of the extra fittings and 1/4 turn valve needed to control flow and temperature, which adds some unexpected cost. Still, this has to be the easiest and quickest way to chill wort with a plain gravity feed. Glad I bought it.
March 11, 2018
over 3 years ago
This was my Christmas present from me to me. I love it. There is a bit of a learning curve to get the flow right. My first batch came out way cold. The second batch I dropped the probe from my digital thermometer into the carboy and could then adjust flow in real time. backlashing and cleaning takes a bit of time. But doesn't all cleaning ?
January 23, 2018
4 months ago
Cools Fast
This chiller is incredible. I had been using an immersion copper wort chiller for a few years, so moving to this plate chiller was a big step up. It instantly cooled down my wort as I pumped it through. You do have to make sure you clean it well afterwards, but I think this product is well worth the money.
January 2, 2018
Great chiller!
Great chiller. Very efficient. Don't get in a hurry while you are transferring your wort into your fermenting vessel. We found that if we fill our vessel at the rate of about 2 gallons a minute we got very good results with chilling water at about 63°F.
Be sure to follow Blixhmann cleaning protocol.
October 22, 2017
8 months 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
Brings water down from 175 to 70 fast that's if your water cool to start
August 21, 2017
over 2 years ago
Incredible there is no other word; chills the beer real fast . It makes the difference
January 30, 2017
1 year ago
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
Saves a lot of time!
November 5, 2015
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
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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
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.
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
is the made in the USA?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Ask me if it works well ,and how many of my Beer club members use it . Not a lot of things made in the USA . But it works well
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.
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.
What is the origin of this chiller?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2018

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