Therminator Heat Exchanger

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The Therminator from Blichmann Engineering is the fastest way to chill your wort to yeast pitching temperature and get your fermentation off to a quick, bacteria-free start. It will chill 10 gallons of wort in 5 minutes (using 58 F. cooling water at 5 gallons per minute).

 The Therminator features all 316 stainless steel plates and fittings, brazed together with pure copper in an oxygen free furnace - which eliminates the possibility of leaks like a gasketed unit.  It features a low restriction garden hose size water inlets and outlets, and 1/2 male pipe thread wort inlets and outlets. It is very compact at 7.5" wide, 4" deep, and 3" high.  

Super low restriction - ideal for gravity feed or use a pump.  Sanitize by flushing with sanitizer, or you can even boil it to sanitize.  Comes with pictured stainless mounting bracket and detailed instructions. The most effective wort chilling device available.

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Average rating 9.625 out of 10 ( based on 16 reviews )

Like the "Ring of Power", must be used wisely.

Review by MICHAEL H. on 9/16/2005

Pros: Incredibly efficient heat exchange. Small/compact design.

Cons: Watch your run-off, if there is a lot of debris the Therminator will clog up. Once this happens its a nightmare to clean. Cleaning is tedious. If used properly its not too bad but if any large solid debris finds its way in, this thing doesn't give it back easily. The output temperature can vary wildly with minor changes in cooling water temperature and/or flow. If you can control this thing, its awesome.

The Heat Killer

Review by Doc Wayne on 9/17/2005

Pros: Compact--Well made, sturdy stainless construction. With 60 degree chilling water, it really does drop boiling wort to 68 degrees in 5 min.

Cons: Although the hose connections for the chilling water are fine for most, would have preferred 3/4" NPT for all four connections so I could plumb it to my specification (minor issue). Because the wort is INSIDE it, cleaning and sanitation right after using are essential (minor issue)

Worth ever penny

Review by JOSHUA B. on 4/24/2006

Pros: Super fast, extremely efficient. By throttling the wort flow, you can chill your wort to the temperature of chilling water. I had no problems with flow restriction or gunk getting clogged in the device.

Cons: I have read that some people are concerned with trub and/or hops getting clogged in the system. If you use a bazooka screen or hose braid (or something similar), this is not at all a problem. The only complaint I have is the positioning of the threaded inlets. It would be nice to have them spread out a bit more and have all NPT.

Just follow the instruction sheet!

Review by rkep on 8/18/2006

Pros: Fantastic heat exchanger! Nice to find a product that works exactly as advertized. Just follow the instuctions in the booklet for trouble free performance. The price, although seemingly steep at first glance, is a bargain compared conventional time-consuming, water-wasting wort chilling methods. Would recommend to anyone.

Cons: None that I could find. An absolute pleasure to use.

Just follow the instruction sheet!

Review by rkep on 8/18/2006

Pros: Fantastic heat exchanger! Nice to find a product that works exactly as advertized. Just follow the instuctions in the booklet for trouble free performance. The price, although seemingly steep at first glance, is a bargain compared to conventional time-consuming, water-wasting wort chilling methods. Would recommend to anyone.

Cons: None that I could find. An absolute pleasure to use.

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Jun 08, 2017 by Mike M

Q: Is cold break in the fermenter a problem?

A: Generally, the cold break settles below the valve in the boiling pot when using an immersion chiller, so not a lot of it goes into a plate chiller. It is not a good idea to flood the plate chiller with cold break material, better to leave it behind below the valve in the pot.


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