The Therminator™ is the fastest way to chill your wort
to yeast pitching temperature and get your fermentation off to a quick,
- All 316 stainless steel plates and fittings.
- Chill like the pro's - Identical to commercial brewery chillers.
- Brazed together with pure copper in an oxygen free furnace- no potential leaks like a gasketed unit!
- Chill 10 gal in 5 min to 68oF using 58oF cooling water at 5 gpm.
- Great for southern climates! (see notes on "Performance" page)
- Ultra compact (7.5" W, 4" D, 3" H)
- Super low restriction - ideal for gravity feed
- Easy to clean and sanitize - small enough to boil! *
- Garden hose thread connections on water side - no extra adapters to buy!
- 1/2" male NPT fittings on wort side mates up with
virtually all common hose connector types. Easier to sanitize than
- Saves water - lowest water consumption on the market!
- Comes with heavy gauge stainless mounting bracket
How to use this graph:
This graph is used to predict the gallons per minute (gpm) of wort you'll be able to chill from boiling down to 68oF (ideal fermentation start temp) using water from your garden hose as the cooling media.
1) Measure the cooling water flow rate in your brewery using a bucket
of known volume and a stop-watch (gal/min). Then measure the cooling
water temperature using an accurate thermometer.
2) Choose either the blue (5.0 gpm), cyan (3.0 gpm), or green (2.0
gpm) line that best matches your cooling water flow rate. If your flow
lies between these lines, it is acceptable to interpolate between them.
3) Go to the point on the Y axis labeled "Cooling Water Temp (F)" to your cooling water temperature measured in step (1).
4) Draw a horizontal line to intersect the cooling water flow rate
line you selected previously (Blue, Cyan or Green) in step (2)
5) Draw a vertical line at the intersection point down to the X axis
labeled "Wort Flow (gpm) and read the wort chill flow rate you'll get at
Example: If you have 58F cooling water and 5 GPM of flow, draw a
horizontal line (see dark line in graph above) at 58F over to the blue
line. Draw a vertical line (see dark line in graph above) from the
intersection point down to the X-axis and read 2.0 GPM.
Let's face it, if you've got ice cold cooling water and high flow rates, it's
a short punt to design a cooler to get the job done. The brewer's reality:
fall, spring and summer bring higher ground water temperatures and brewers
struggle cooling wort to acceptable levels. For ales, if you can't chill
to 68F, your fermentations will produce higher levels of esters, fusels and
other compounds that you may not want in your beer (except for those esoteric
Belgians!). For lagers, the effect is even more pronounced.
At Blichmann Engineering, we've leveraged 20 years of Engineering experience
designing cooling systems, and coupled it with 17 years of homebrewing
experience to develop the TherminatorTM. The result is a chiller that works well all year long.
Not only did we provide raw cooling horsepower, we also provided the things
- broad operating range at fast cooling rates
- low water usage (high efficiency)
- low restriction for gravity feed at high flow rates
- compact size for easy use and sanitation
- heavy duty mounting brackets for simple installation
- convenient straight-through water connections to prevent kinked hoses
- resistance to plugging
- substantial reduction in ice usage for chilling below cooling water temps
We've tested and analyzed the competition at our facility using
precision thermometers, flow meters, and a cooling water blending module for
precise control. The results? The Therminator is the best overall
value and still the king of coolers!