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Inkbird PID Temperature Controller with Relay and Probe – $28.79 + Free Shipping w/instant coupon

Inkbird ITC-106VH PID Temperature Thermostat Controllers, Fahrenheit & Centigrade, 100ACV - 240ACV, K Sensor, Solid State Relay for Sous Vide, Home Brewing (ITC-106VH + K + 40A SSR)

PID Temperature Controller with Sensor and Relay from Inkbird

PID Temperature Controllers can be used in conjunction with a relay and a temperature probe to control the your kegerator and fermentation temps. You can also integrate a PID controller into your brew system to control mash temps and more.

10/20/17 7:30 AM Central: This is selling for $31.99.  Apply coupon code D2K24SPD and the price drops to $28.79.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird ITC-106VH PID Temperature Thermostat Controllers, Fahrenheit & Centigrade, 100ACV – 240ACV, K Sensor, Solid State Relay for Sous Vide, Home Brewing (ITC-106VH + K + 40A SSR)

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Hands on Review: Robobrew All Grain Brewing System

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

The Robobrew is an electric all-in-one eBIAB system. It allows you to brew the complexity of all-grain batches with the simplicity of electric heat/control in a single vessel system. There is a wide variety of these systems out on the market to choose from. Robobrew aims to be in the midst of these as far as features and function, but at a much lower price to attempt to get this tool in the hands of as many homebrewers as possible.

Robobrew System Overview

The Robobrew comes in 2 models- one with a built-in pump, and one without. The model without the pump retails for about $350, and the one with a pump for $480. Although a significant price jump, the $480 price tag is several hundred cheaper than its competition. Getting a unit with a pump allows you to take advantage of a lot of the process efficiencies from the eBIAB systems, with convenience of recirculation during mash and pressure-fed wort transfer into your fermenter.

The pump is built into the bottom of the unit, tucked away out of sight and out of the way. There is a stainless steel transfer pipe that takes output flow from the pump and sends it up top where it can be directed to where you want it to go. The pump inlet is through an opening in the bottom of the brew chamber. Also in the bottom is the wort temperature sensor and the two independently switched heating elements (1000W + 500W). Although the heating elements have their own manual on/off switch, the unit’s electric controller also has the ability to shut off and turn on power depending on measured mash temperature compared to your set temperature. Importantly, the controller is smart enough to know when it should be using one or both elements when it’s getting close to your set temperature. It also is smart enough to only switch on the 500W element while trying to hold a steady temperature and things start to drift a bit.

For mashing, you put your crushed grains into the stainless steel malt pipe, which has a false bottom mesh on the bottom of it to keep grains from getting circulated into the pump or scorched to the bottom. There’s also a second false ‘bottom’ screen, which slides down inside the malt pipe after you’ve filled it with your crushed grains. And if two false bottoms aren’t enough for you, Robobrew has you covered with a third false bottom that sits below the malt pipe, giving you another layer of defense against stray grain particles during the mash, but also importantly keeps hop residue from clogging up your pump or wort chiller.

The controller provides basic control function by allowing you to set a target temperature with simple + / – buttons and then letting the controller turn on the elements automatically to heat up and then switch off when the target temperature is reached. There is also a delay feature that allows you to program in a delayed start for when you want the target set temperature to kick in. Set it to something short like a few minutes and make a pseudo mash temperature step profile you program one step at a time. Or for longer times (up to 24 hours) if you want to fill it with water and have the unit turn on to be ready for you after work.

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High Temp Food Grade Pump – 12V, 108 GPH – $30 + Free Shipping

High temperature(100'C) 6.8L/Min (108GPH) mini DC12V Water Pump. Food grade. Sous V

High temperature food safe pump.  108 Gallons per hour transfer rate.  High temperature up to 100 deg C.  Note that this is 12V DC.  You need to wire this up to a compatible power supply.

In my opinion this is not a direct one to one replacement for something like a Chugger Pump or a March Pump – the flow rate just isn’t there.  I do see some possible homebrewing applications including… Transferring wort, mash or sparge water within your system, recirculating mash to help keep a consistent temperature and recirculating wort for chilling.

10/13/17 3 AM Central: This is selling for $30.Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

High temperature(100’C) 6.8L/Min (108GPH) mini DC12V Water Pump. Food grade. Sous Vide

If you’re looking for a budget, full featured homebrew pump, consider the MARK II WORT PUMP – via William’s Brewing

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Robobrew All Grain Electric Brewing System [no pump] – $350 + Free Shipping

Robobrew Electric Brewery - 35L 9.25G

About, via MoreBeer: “If you want to jump straight into all grain brewing right from your first batch, or as an upgrade from malt extract brewing, the Robobrew is a complete turn key solution. The Robobrew is an all-in-one electric brewery that has built in elements for heating and boiling, an on-board water resistant control panel for setting and monitoring temperatures, a removable grain basket, and a built in spigot for transferring. It is extremely portable and uses 110v power so it can be used nearly anywhere.”

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“Dual heating elements have individual switches allowing for more control over the heating process. One element is 1000 watts and the other is 500 for a combined 1500 watts! Use both when you need to ramp up the temperature quickly either at the start to get to your mash temp or to go from your mash temp to boiling. Use only one of the elements when you want to hold a temperature.

The digital control panel makes it easy to see the current temperature and set the temperature you want. You can also set a delayed start of up to 23 hours in advance so that you can have your water hot and ready to go when you get home from work or get up in the morning. The digital controller is also water resistant so don’t worry about spills or some water dripping down the side. This controller is built for brewing!

The brewery also includes a removable stainless steel malt pipe/basket with false bottom allowing you to easily shift from mash tun to boil kettle during your brew day. The malt pipe includes a handle to lift it from the RoboBrew and tabs at the base so you can set the malt pipe over the RoboBrew to let the wort drain out. It also has feet at its base to raise the malt pipe slightly off the base and help prevent clogging.”

 

  • Stainless steel construction
  • 9 gallon total capacity with a finished beer output of 5-6 gallons
  • Digital temperature controller
  • 110v power and plug
  • Dual heating elements for total control (1000 watts and 500 watts)
  • Stainless steel 1/2 in ball valve for draining (dont have to use the pump)
  • Immersion wort chiller included
  • Stainless steel malt pipe/basket
  • Stamped in volume markers
  • 21.625 in H x 12.5 in D

Looking around for a deal on the Robobrew Electric Brewery, I ran into this offering from MoreBeer.  It appears to be the Robobrew without a pump.  At it’s current price of $349.99, this saves you $130 vs the with pump option.  Note that the description for this setup does reference a pump.  I have to assume that that is a typo, but I really don’t know.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses. Check product page for current price, description and availability

Robobrew Electric Brewery – 35L / 9.25G AG470

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Best Deal On PicoBrew Zymatic Electric Brew System – Free Shipping + 5% Back

PicoBrew Zymatic

The PicoBrew Zymatic is an automated electric brew house.  Plug in your recipe and it takes care of the mash, hop additions and the boil.  Control and monitor your brew via wifi or ethernet via PicoBrew’s website.  When you’re done, toss the grain and hops containers into the dishwasher.

The Zymatic also offers… repeatability.  Ever brew a beer that you loved only to fall short the next time?  Plug in the brew day or pull up a saved recipe and repeat the same beer every time with the Zymatic.

As of this posting, the Zymatic is under MAP pricing.  That translates to Minimum Advertising Pricing and pretty much means that everyone will have this for about the same price.  Retailers cannot publicly discount this unit.

Backdoor deal – If you purchase the Picobrew from Adventures in Homebrewing, you’ll get the equivalent of 5% back via AIH’s Rewards Program.  This equates to about $100 back.  They are also offering free shipping.  Shipping (for my address is $160) direct from PicoBrew.

All in all this constitutes $250+ in savings vs direct.  This is the best overall deal that I’m aware of.  Check product page for current price and availability.

PicoBrew Zymatic (Keg Included) – $1999.99 + Free Shipping and 5% Back

Perks of the PicoBrew System:

  • Brews a 2.5 gallon batch in about 4 hours
  • Access to an ever-growing online recipe library – including award winning recipes ready to be replicated.
  • Supports both all-grain and mini-mash brewing
  • Keep Reading – additional information including technical specs

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Hands on Review: Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil Electric Brewery

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil

I reviewed a number of electric all-in-one brewing systems a little over a year ago. As a collective group, these systems offer a lot to the homebrewer. They provide the flexibility and control of brewing process of all-grain, and the equipment simplicity of brew-in-a-bag. The fact that they’re electric gives you the ability to brew inside and convenience of not having to chase propane tank fill-ups. The electric systems also have the ability to set a target temperature and control to it, giving you better control of your brew day. All of these combine to create a more streamlined and less stressful brew day.

Each system has its own strengths and they all span a wide price range. The units I tried last year ranged from $470 at the low end to $2,500 at the high end. When I saw the Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil coming in at $300, I was intrigued to see how this unit would work and if you really could go all-grain with an electric system at such an affordable price point.

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Robobrew All Grain Brewing System – Save $50 with Brew More Save More Sale

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Robobrew All Grain Brewing System via Adventures in Homebrewing

from AIH: “The easiest way to start all grain brewing today! The Robobrew All Grain Brewing System is a 9.25 gallon (35 L) capacity electric brewing system that makes it simple for homebrewers to step up to all grain brewing without a mountain of equipment and costs. This system includes a stainless steel mash tun/boil kettle, recirculation arm and pump, water resistant control panel, grain basket/malt pipe, spigot, and immersion wort chiller.

The Robobrew features dual heating elements, one 1000 watt and one 500 watt, to give you full control over the heating process. Individual switches control the elements, allowing you to fire both elements to quickly heat your water to mash temperature or bring your wort to a boil, or just use one element when you want to maintain a constant temperature. The on-board water resistant control panel allows you to set and monitor temperatures. The delayed start feature allows you to set your temp (up to 23 hours in advance) and have your brewing water hot and ready for when you wake up or return home from work.

A built-in magnetic drive pump recirculates your wort through the recirculation arm. Make sure to add on some high temp silicone tubing to gain even more control over the recirculation process; it also serves as a great transfer/drain tube for the include stainless steel ball valve. Recirculating your wort will increase your efficiency and lead to better beers with greater yields.

A stainless steel malt pipe makes converting from a mash tun to a boil kettle super simple. The easy to left handles on the malt pipe lets you raise the pipe above the Robobrew system, with bottom tabs to stabilize the malt pipe while allowing your wort to properly drain. The interior of the Robobrew features etched gallon/liter markings and has a 1/2″ stainless steel ball valve to easily drain and transfer your brew. Once your done boiling, the included immersion wort chiller will bring your brew back down to pitching temperature in no time!”

  • Dual Heating Elements (1000W & 500W)
  • Magnetic Drive Pump
  • Recirculation Arm
  • Stainless Steel Malt Pipe
  • Stainless Steel 1/2″ Ball Valve
  • Digital Temperature Controller
  • Immersion Wort Chiller
  • Glass Lid
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • 9 Gallon Capacity (35 L)
  • 110 volt plug
  • Dimensions: 21.625″ H (32.75″ with Recirculation Arm) x 12.5″ D

As of this posting AIH has this system for $479.99. Check each product page for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: AIH’s Brew More, Save More Sale.  This system qualifies for $50 off, making it $429.99.

Robobrew All Grain Brewing System with Pump 9.25 Gallons

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