Blichmann Therminator

Blichmann Therminator

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Blichmann makes a popular plate chiller called the Therminator (shown in picture), but after much research we chose not to use it (or any other plate chiller for that matter) as they are more work to clean due to the tiny passages and the fact that they cannot be disassembled. Brewers are told to backflush their plate chillers and some users even recommend cooking them in the oven periodically to keep them clean / sanitized. While a plate chiller is more efficient and uses less water, we feel a convoluted counterflow chiller offers the best compromise: Fast chilling and a simplified clean-in-place (CIP) solution.

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