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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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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
3 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
1 year 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
Excellent acquisition
In regards to cool down the boiling wort to pitching temperatura of 65 °F this heat exchanger is ä "terminator". I want to suggest a change in the design of the position of their water inlets; If you try to use screw-on garden hose connection it is very uncomfortable, you have to use quick disconnects perforce.
October 13, 2015
Great Chiller but a lot of hassle
Let me start off by saying this chiller works great (when you strain your hops) and quickly/easily chills your wort down to pitching temperatures. It does exactly what it advertises it will do. I own quite a few blichmann products and the quality of the Therminator is great.Would I buy it again? Probably not, I'd probably go with a counterflow chiller.Although it is great at chilling wort, I find it to be probably the biggest pain in my brew day and the most work to clean. The reasons below are my usage experiences and ways to make the Therminator work for me and just some words of advice for potential buyers.I imagine all homebrew plate chillers (not just the Therminator) will have this problem but if your using pellet hops and not using some sort of filter, expect the Therminator to clog. I've had it clog on me twice already (even with complete cleaning between brews) and I don't brew insanely hoppy beers. The only solution was to quickly hook up the backflush assembly to the Therminator to flush it out, which is no fun when your trying to quickly chill your wort. I have tried putting my pellet hops in double mesh bags but it didn't do the trick. I was forced to go with a triple strain approach involving a hop screen on my boil kettle dip tube, a hop strainer in the kettle, as well as a inline strainer between my pump and the Therminator. Even with the triple screening process I have, I can still see a significant flow rate change towards the end of my wort chilling.My cleaning process is as follows. I use the blichmann backflush assembly right after use to flush out most of the hop material. I then soak the Therminator in hot PBW overnight. I then use the backflush assembly again to clean out the PBW. Finally I throw the Therminator in a 500F degree oven for a few hours.
June 15, 2015
Best brewing purchase to date!!
Amazing product. I take 5 gallons from flameout to
May 19, 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
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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