DetailsThe Therminator Wort Chiller from Blichmann Engineering is the fastest way to chill your wort to yeast pitching temperatures so your fermentation gets off to a quick, bacteria free start. The Therminator features brazed stainless steel plates for reliable, leak proof performance. The Therminator is super efficient, using less water than other chillers, and still provides high performance chilling even with warmer ground water temperatures. It is capable of chilling 10 gallons of boiling wort to pitching temps in just 5 minutes when using 58ºF cooling water at a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute. Essential equipment for large volume brewers.
Get your fermentation off to a fast, bacteria-free start. Chill your wort to yeast-pitching temperature in a flash with the Therminator. It chills 10 gallons of wort using 58° cooling water (at 5 gallons per minute) in just 5 minutes! It’s the most effective wort chilling device available.
- Chills 10 gallons of wort in 5 minutes (using 58° cooling water at 5 gal/minute flow rate)
- 316 stainless steel plates and fittings, brazed together with pure copper in an oxygen-free furnace
- Eliminates the possibility of leaks unlike a gasket type unit
- Features low-restriction, garden-hose size water inlets and outlets, and 1/2" MPT wort inlets and outlets
- Low restriction allows for use with a gravity feed or a pump
- Can be sanitized by flushing with sanitizer, by boiling or recirculating boiling wort, or by baking in an oven
- Back-flush hose assembly (sold separately) can be used to flush water back through, to clean out unit after use
- Includes stainless mounting bracket and detailed instructions
The Therminator will ship directly from the manufacturer. Please allow a few extra days for delivery.
- Chills 10 gallons of wort in 5 minutes (using 58° cooling water at 5 gal/minute flow rate)
- Details & Instructions
4.9 / 5.048 ReviewsExcellent productIt works!_x000D_With my little giant pump on full throttle the boiling wort comes out of the chiller about 60' F. I pump it straight into the fermenter. Two caveats; you have to use a pump or the wort will just trickle out by gravity, and you have to use hop bags (or some filter) or it will clog immediately. Hot break doesn't clog it, but hops do.March 2, 2012Excellent productI hate chilling wort!!! I made a immersion chiller and it worked good but to get 5 gallons down using my south Alabama 88 degree water took forever. So I stepped up and laid down the coin for this plate chiller. I used my immersion chiller in ice water ran my 88 degree water through it first then into the plate chiller. I drained as fast as it would go straight into my carboy hose wide open. Took 4 minutes and I had 79 degree wort. Holey crap!!!!! I used 1/20th the water a fraction of the time and easy easy easy. I hooked the chiller up to my back flush assembly I made at Lowes for less than 5 bucks and it was clean let it sit in PBW for a bit and flushed again. Bottom line spend the coin it is worth it huge time saver less chance of infection and chill haze you will LOVE it!!August 14, 2010Great ChillerThis is definitely the way to go for chilling your wort. It chills to pitching temperature as fast as your pump can move the wort from the boil kettle to the fermenter. Cleaning is a bit of a chore, but well worth it.August 22, 2010Saves time and money.This device let me go from using probably 55 gallons of water (25' immersion chiller) per 5 gallon batch to about 10 gallons per batch. It pays for itself just in water savings if you have city water and are brewing regularly. At full flow out of the brew kettle (gravity fed from my garage to my basement) I have to throttle back the water otherwise the wort goes into the fermenter at 63 degrees. This chiller is amazing.September 14, 2010Buy OneI've loved this thing for a long time, but after this weekend's brew, I'm even more impressed. I upgraded the setup by plumbing a 3/4" cooling line straight off the water main, which yields me around 20 gpm flow rate for the cooling water at wide open. _x000D__x000D_I didn't time it as it was a learning experience, but even with my pump running, I couldn't flow the wort fast enough to keep the temps up. At full blast, the wort would come out of the chiller at well below 60 degrees (love MN winter for cooling water). We've got so much cooling capacity, I need to increase the flow coming from the keggle to make use of it._x000D__x000D_In theory, at 54 degree cooling water temp with 20gpm flow, we should be able to hit 68 degree wort temp in around 70-80 seconds for a 10 gallon batch! Now we just need to figure out how to get the wort out that fast.February 28, 2011Pricey but excellentThis is the only counterflow chiller that I have used so what I say might apply to all plate chillers. In the winter I have to slow the water flow down considerably because this chiller will instantly drop sub-boiling wort to below 55F with ground water as high as 40F. In the southern summers, temps are in the 90'sF and above 100F at times so the chiller needs a little help. I have an old immersion chiller that I plan on connecting to my garden hose and immerse in ice water to pre-chill the ground water to give the Therminator a little boost in the hot weather._x000D__x000D_It is really amazing how quickly the Therminator chills the wort and how little water it takes. It is also extremely easy to clean and sanitize. This is an excellent investment and upgrade for your brewing. I have not had any trouble with clogging but I use a wire screen filter over my kettle intake tube and a pump to transfer the liquid. You might want to consider using a kettle screen and at least some whole leaf hops for the sake of your Therminator and the quality of your fermentation.August 14, 2012A must have for southern climatesI live in Augusta, GA and our tap water during the summer is coming in at 81 F. I've been running a copper wort chiller for years with a pre-chiller coil but that still took 30 minutes and those last few degrees were tough._x000D__x000D_The Therminator has shaved cooling time down to less than 10 minutes. I'm still running a pre-chiller coil on the water in side, due the the 81 F tap water. If you shake the chiller, you can get 68 F wort out the end of the chiller pretty much immediately. The best wort cooling money you can spend. firstname.lastname@example.orgAugust 14, 2012Very pleased after 1st useAfter using this one time, I am thrilled! I chilled 12 gallons from boiling temp to 75 degrees in 5 min!! I had to buy a hose connector adaptor at Lowe's to connect the end of the hose to it and I had to use a hose clamp on the wort hose. Otherwise, ready to operate.August 26, 2012Save water, save money, SAVE YOUR BEER!About a year ago I moved to a new home, in a vastly different environment from where I learned to brew. Living now in the tropics, a very biologically active place...my brewing took a big quality hit. Of my first half-dozen batches I brewed...two got completely spoiled by unintended infection._x000D__x000D_After reviewing my brewing process...the culprit had to be in the time it took to chill my beer with the old copper coil. Generally speaking...as we all know...the longer your beer is exposed to open-air after it has stopped boiling...the higher chance you have or wild yeast/bacteria getting into your beer._x000D__x000D_The Therminator solves this. Completely. And since buying one; I've not had one batch of beer go bad. _x000D__x000D_Using just my ground water (that runs about 75 degrees give-or-take), My Wort goes from boiling into the primary fermenter in the span of 15 minutes...half of that is just sitting in the pot letting the proteins settle to the bottom of the pot....the rest is going through the chiller into the fermenter. The entire time I've got the lid solid on the pot and the lid on my fermenter with just the stopper-hole open. Minimal contact to room-air._x000D__x000D_A couple bits of advice to everyone wanting to go to the Therminator vice a copper-coil immersion chiller:_x000D_a) You'll *really* want to invest in a brewpot with a spigot on the bottom. You really can't use a siphon- or pour-method to get the beer through the Therminator._x000D_b) You'll *really really* want to ensure you have an in-pot filter / hop-blocker / boil-screen (Midwest sells a great one). The Therminator has very small internal tubing and can clog very easily. That said, since I got the boil-screen from Midwest I've never experienced a Therminator-Clog._x000D__x000D_Cheers and happy brewing!_x000D_September 30, 2012Very Fast ChillerI purchased this to cool off ten gallons of brew. When I make five gallon batches I use the old school immersion chiller. To me, the sanitizing prep time is a little much. I bake mine in the a 450 oven for 30 minutes. This dries out any hops that may be present even after flushing. I then run Star San through to finalize sanitation. I use gravity feed, which works well from a blichmann kettle on a blichmann burner with leg extensions. I intend on purchasing the blichmann hop rocket, which would definitely need the use of a pump. The Therminator chilled the wort extremely quick. Constant monitoring is needed to monitor the temperature. I utilize the blichmann in line thermometer. Overall, works great, very fast.October 7, 2012
- Customer Q&A
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 1 answerHi, can it be cleaned with caustic soda and/or acid cleaners? do you think this size would work for 80 gallons wort?
ThanksBEST ANSWER: The product manual for the Therminator says you can NOT use caustic products to clean it, for that would damage the copper braze material. They say it should not be cleaned with any products containing chlorine, such as bleach. They recommend use of PBW and then sanitizing with Star San or Iodophor. As to the second question, this will work great for large batches, as a quality plate chiller can chill as large of a batch as you can pump through it, as long as there is nice cold water running through the unit to chill the hot wort. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesFor a chiller with the same amount of plates, why is this one better? In other words, this one is $200, there are seemingly comparable ones for much cheaper. What makes this one worth so much?how many plates are there?