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Old 03-24-2011, 05:00 AM   #1
Mar 2010
Tacoma, Washington
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I'm building a new all grain system, and have decided I want a plate chiller. The Blichman therminater looks awesome, but it's 200 bucks . Has anyone had experience with the cheaper ones? It's hard to justify that much money if the cheaper ones do the same thing.

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Old 03-24-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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Rather than give you one answer I will suggest this link


That's the forum Search function, looking for "cheap plate chiller".

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Old 03-24-2011, 12:49 PM   #3
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Well the Blichmann is the best, as the cheaper alternatives are either smaller or use a lower grade of steel.

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Old 03-24-2011, 04:24 PM   #4
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I think it's probably a case of "you get what you pay for" to a certain extent.

That being said, I'm not convinced that Blichmann's Therminator isn't overpriced. I have a Duda Diesel 20 plate chiller (http://www.dudadiesel.com/heat_exchangers.php), and I only paid 60 bucks for it.

Relative to my old immersion chiller, it's completely insane. I can basically cool my wort very close to the cooling water temp a little slower than I can gravity feed it through the chiller. So for my last brew (a lager), I got the full 5 gallons down to the low 60's (where my water was) in about 10 minutes.

I think more plates would allow for faster cooling, but I'm not convinced it's worth the money. They have a 30 plate beer chiller that purports to chill a 5 gallon batch in 2.6 minutes, but as it is, I can't feed it that fast.

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Old 03-24-2011, 04:26 PM   #5
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I bought a 40 plate from Keg Cowboy for 85 bucks. Good luck damaging that thing. I don't know how a different one would work any better.
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