- blichmann therminator
Who uses a Bilchmann therminator and how do you like it ? Thanks Pat
- Blichmann Therminator
I have used it twice. Once without the Hopblocker and once with the Hopblocker. Each time I used it, I would immediately flush it with 2-3 gallons boiling water, then 5 gallons of hot water, then 4-5
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June 3, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Pros: Works great without pre chiller!
Cons: None at this time
Recommended? YesUsed this on my very first batch and I was surprised that it really didn't require a pre chiller, even though I had one standing by!
May 26, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Pros: Will chill as fast as I can pump it out during the winter. Summer time, I use a prechiller with same effect.
Cons: it can be a pain to clean, I have had this thing run with hot oxy clean on a pump for an hour and still finding "gunk" in there.
Recommended? YesI dont mind spending time cleaning, gives me an excuse to work on my equipment. And this thing works like a champ, and is built like a rock.
April 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Pros: It works.
Cons: Expensive. You waste a lot of water (unless you can water plants with the run-off).
Recommended? YesI've never used another brand, but I would imagine they work just as well, and would have considered another brand with a larger thermal heat exchange had I not gotten a deal on this one. My ground water in Southern California is approximately 73 degrees in the summer, so I generally recirculate back into the BK for 10 minutes then go directly to the fermenter from there. If you live in an area with colder ground water, you're in even better shape
Pros: Quick cooling
Recommended? YesCooling my wort has always been a hassle due to warm tap water temperatures. I used an immersion cooler, then ran the wort through a cooling coil in an ice water bath. It took forever and had a lot of equipment to clean and sanitize. After buying my Therminator I just hooked it up, turned on the hose and it cooled my wort as fast as my March pump could run. Saves me around an hour per batch. Cleaning isn't that bad when you backwash as soon as you're done. I would recommend a filter on your pickup to avoid getting hop chunks, though. I love this thing!
November 15, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Pros: works well when you know how to use it
Cons: very sensitive to viscosity and particles.
Recommended? YesI ony give it an average rating based on other available chillers available. Multiple test runs cool 10 gallons boiling water in about 15 minutes to 65 degrees. Multipe brew sessions have never yielded such results. My initial brew sessions suggested that the use of a fine hop bag, hop screen, etc are needed to keep EVEN THE SMALLEST hop partices from entering the chiller. Proper cleanup and storage is required to keep it operating properly.
I always do a 30 minute PBW Soak, a quick rinse, then a bake for an hour or so at 450F, then a good rinse, then back to a quick PBW soak while brewing, then a rinse, and then into sanitizer, then onto the equipment and start circulating the wort for the final 15 minutes of the boil to sanitize it even further and to work out any flow problems.
regarding any flow problems you may encounter. I always go from Kettle to pump inlet, pump outlet to 'wort inlet' side of chiller, then out of chiller outlet back into kettle.
If you pull into pump inet from chiller outlet you will notice many air bubbles and reduced chilling efficiency