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Old 10-12-2005, 05:24 PM   #1
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Hello all, this is my first post here, I am looking for any real world feedback on the Therminator. Who has one and how do you like it? advantages/disadvantages? Since I have no way of trying one out before I buy, I want a little feedback. Thanks all.

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Old 10-13-2005, 04:46 AM   #2
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Here is a picture of it.

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Old 10-13-2005, 03:28 PM   #3
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I heard its pretty good but the price has always scared me away.

A new one has recently hit the market with a nicer price tag. Supposedly the Shirron heat exchanger cools 5 gallons of wort in 10 minutes, so the Therminator sounds more efficient--but man is that a lot of dough.

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90 bucks, thats not bad at all. I will have to look into this if it actually works. Seems like it would be pretty easy to use/clean.

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I havn't been able to find the therminator for less than $180 bucks.

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I havn't been able to find the therminator for less than $180 bucks.
Check out the link for the Shirron in my previous post.
Looks like a pretty good deal.
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Old 10-13-2005, 09:14 PM   #7
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I've heard they rock, but are a PITA without quick disconnects and the "backflow" cleaner thingamajig, which will both add to the bottom line.

Of course to cure your sticker shock, all you have to do is look here.

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I cured my shock with $25 worth of copper refrigerator line and $2-3 of fittings. Granted, it takes at least 15 minutes and doesn't work as well in the summer. I would consider $90 for a device that would cool wort to pitchable temps in 15 minutes a good price point, however, just for saving my time.

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Old 10-13-2005, 10:31 PM   #9
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Chill water is one of my biggest problems when it comes time to cool my wort. Here in Mesa, AZ the ground water is on the warm side, even in December. So I always need a prechill and even that is not that effective. I have a decent counter flow chiller right now, but it takes forever to collect the wort. I want something with more volume.

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All the volume in the world won't help if your ground water is too warm.

What are you doing for a pre-chiller?

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