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Buy a Grainfather w/Connect Controller – Get a Free Distilling Lid

The Grainfather with Connect Controller – via William’s Brewing

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The Grainfather is a 110 volt compact self contained RIMS mashing, boiling, and cooling system for mashing 5 gallon batches of beer. What is unique is that no special circuit, plug, or wiring is needed – this runs on any 110 volt 20 amp rated plug with a GFCI.  It features a 6 watt recirculating pump, for the mashing stage, and a separate counter flow wort chiller that you insert into the Grainfather when it is time to cool the 5 gallon batch after the electric powered boil. The boil is handled by a 1600 watt heating element.

For the initial mashing stage, you load the Grainfather with crushed grist (up to 18 pounds) per your recipe, set the thermostat to your desired mash temperature, add water, and let it go. Because it is a RIMS system, you can easily do multiple temperature rest mashing if desired – just adjust the temperature upwards with the thermostat whenever you want to go to another temperature rest. In addition the manual thermostat control, the Grainfather Connect Bluetooth control is also included.

After the mash cycle is done, you lift the grain basket partially so you can manually sparge by pouring water over the grain basket into the Grainfather below. You need to heat your own mash water, either by heating 5 gallons or so to boiling with the Grainfather before mashing and storing it in a stainless boiling pot, or heating when it is time to sparge with a separate brew pot on a stove. What we did was heat our sparge water in the Grainfather by getting it to boil in the Grainfather, then transferrring to a stainless boiling pot, and putting a lid on the pot. We then heated the pot briefly on a stove to raise it from 160° F. to the 168° F. needed for sparging,

After manual sparging, the grain basket is removed and you set the 1600 watt electric element to boil. It takes about 60-80 minutes to come to boil depending on ambient temperature. Hops are added manually during the boil per your recipe plan.

When the boil is over, you insert the included counter flow wort chiller to chill the wort which requires an external supply of cold water to run.  Our tests found this counter flow chiller extremely efficient, we chilled a 5 gallon batch of Double IPA to pitching temperature (about 78° F.) in 25 minutes, and only used 20 gallons of 70° F. water. It was so efficient that we just ran the end of the wort pipe from the counterflow directly into our fermenter.

After brewing, you run about 3 gallons of water (ideally saved from the chill) through the GrainFather again with a bit of PBW or other cleaner to clean the pump, lines, and counter flow chiller.

The Grainfather comes with a 1 year warranty.  We also offer a 60 day money back guarantee on everything we sell, even if you have used it (although this does not cover return shipping). It is 27″ tall with the recirculation tube attached, the cylinder body is 12″ in diameter, and 15″ in overall diameter when you consider the pump and thermostat.

A Grainfather app which allows you to upload recipes, and times your brew, is available free for Android and iOS. For iOS, go to iTunes and search for Grainfather, for Android, go to Google Play (the Android App has just been updated!). The included Connect Controller includes Bluetooth connectivity.

 

Note from HBF: I have a Grainfather (without connect controller) and I love it.  It’s my go-to brewing system.  I’ve have had or currently have multiple full scale and small scale systems and find myself coming back to the Grainfather again and again.

For a short time, William’s Brewing including a free distilling lid with purchase of a Grainfather with Connect Controller.  No coupon or promo code is necessary. Check product page for current availability.

The Grainfather with Connect Controller

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Vinyl Vessel Decals “WATER, MASH, BOIL” – $5

VINYL VESSEL DECALS "WATER, MASH, BOIL"

Vinyl vessel decals.  From Brew Hardware: “Every time we build a three vessel system for someone here in the shop, we put these vessel labels on the front just as a nice extra touch of class. Until now, it hadn’t occurred to us that a lot of you would also appreciate the ability to DIY.  These labels are made from black 7-year outdoor rated vinyl so they can stand up to the heat and repeated washings.  You have a choice of either the bold or stylish fonts as seen in the picture. The letters are about 1.5″ high.”

These are $5 for the set.  Check Brew Hardware for current price and availability.

.VINYL VESSEL DECALS “WATER, MASH, BOIL”

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PicoBrew Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

Pico – Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

PicoBrew Craft Brewing Appliance


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Pico delivers consistent, brew master quality beer every time
  • Brew your favorite beers from award winning craft breweries around the world
  • Choose from hundreds of different PicoPaks across all craft beer styles
  • Make perfect craft beer every time with the push of a button
  • Tune any PicoPak more to your liking, or create a freestyle PicoPak for a fully custom brew

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for current description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

PicoBrew Craft Beer Brewing Appliance (Discontinued by Manufacturer; Newer Item Available)

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Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil All Grain Brewing System – $260.99! + Hands on Review

brewer's edge mash and boil

About, from AIH: “The Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil is a single vessel, electric brewing system that lets you mash up 16 lbs. of malt and boil up to 7.5 gallons with hardly any footprint. An internal sparging basket allows you to easily lift the grain out of your boiler, letting you mash and boil in just one vessel. The adjustable digital thermostat can display reading in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, and features an adjustable run timer, preset at 3.5 hours for safety. Not only does the Mash & Boil make brewing simple, it helps save you time as well. The delayed start timer lets you set your Mash & Boil to turn on and begin heating your sparge water up to 24 hours after setting the timer. No more watching water boil, simply come home to water ready to brew with!

The Mash & Boil is powered by 110 volts (1600 watts), easily plugging into any GFO home outlet and avoiding the need for any bulky brew stands, outdoor burners, or 220 volts plugs.”

Mash & Boil Features:

  • Double Wall Stainless Steel Construction
  • Digital Thermostat
  • Internal Sparging Basket
  • External 1/2″ Stainless Steel Valve
  • Mash up to 16 lbs. of malt
  • 7.5 gallon maximum capacity
  • 110 V / 1600 W
  • 5′ power cable
  • Dimensions: 14″ W x 28″ H (40″ H with Sparging Basket)

Want to know more?  Hands on Review: Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil Electric Brewery

 

Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil All Grain Brewing System

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Stainless Steel Brutus Stand with Cast Iron Burners – $904.79, Save $135

Brutus Stand with Cast Iron Burners

Brutus Stand with Cast Iron Burners from Adventures in Homebrewing

  • All welded 2″ squared stainless steel tube frame construction
  • 3 hp cast iron burners (colors may vary) connected to one chamber to be connected to a 30 psi propane regulator with stainless steel hose via Banjo Burner Orifice
  • Legs feature 2 rolling industrial casters and 2 locking industrial casters

As of this posting, this system is selling for $1039.99.  Adventures in Homebrewing offers the equivalent of 5% back through their rewards program.  You’ll get the equivalent of 5% back to use toward a future purchase.  Check AiH for full selection and pricing information.

Stacks With:  AIH has a 13% off sale going on that applies to most orders of $100 or more.  That saves tiy $135,20.

Brutus Stand with Cast Iron Burners

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Buy a Mash & Boil System from William’s Brewing – get free hops + Hands on Review

From William’s Brewing – Mash and Boil.

About… “Do you want to get into mashing but want something simple? The patent pending Brewer’s Edge® Mash & Boil makes it easy. No need for an outdoor burner, complicated brewing stand, or a 220 volt special circuit – it plugs into any 110 volt GFI household outlet. The Mash and Boil’s exclusive double wall stainless construction conserves heat to achieve a rolling boil with only 110 volts and 1600 watts, and its precise thermostat and internal sparging basket lets you mash and boil in the same vessel.

A typical brew day with the Mash & Boil begins with formulating your 5 gallon all grain recipe (up to 16 pounds of crushed grain can be mashed), and then heating your strike water to 162° F, the preset heat temperature. After 40 minutes or so, your strike water is 162° F, and you mix your crushed grain into the sparging basket already inside the Mash and Boil. The mash will cool to 152° or so, and then you set your thermostat to 150°, cover, and let mash for 1 hour. During this mash time you will need to separately heat 3 gallons of sparge water to 175° in a separate pot you provide. A thermometer hole is provided in the lid, in case you want to monitor the temperature of the top of the mash with any long probe analog or digital thermometer.

After one hour, lift the sparging bucket and lock on its included legs, and let the malt sugar drip into your Mash & Boil, which has now became a boiling pot. Turn the thermostat up to 218° F. and give it about 40 minutes to heat to a boil. During this time, ladle one gallon of hot sparge water at a time into the top of the sparging basket until you get to 5½ gallons. Now remove the grain basket, and when the boil begins, add your hops as per your recipe. Boil for 1 hour, and then cool with a suitable wort chiller (not included, our item E81 works well as does any immersion chiller that is up to 11″ in diameter). Or use the stainless valve with ½” hose barb to run the wort through your external chiller.

The Mash & Boil features an adjustable thermostat (switchable from Fahrenheit to Centigrade) with an adjustable run time preset at 3½ hours for safety. It also features a delayed start timer, so you can program the Mash and Boil to turn on up to 24 hours after setting. For example, load it with strike water, and have it set to be hot when you come home from work to save time. Intended for 5 gallon batches, maximum capacity is 7½ gallons. 28” tall closed, 40” tall with basket, 14” wide. A 5′ power cord is included.”

Check out our Hands on Review of the Mash & Boil System

Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil

Stacks With: FREE Jarrylo!  Get 6 oz of free Jarrylo Pellet Hops with a qualifying order.

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Ruby Street Brewing Systems Brew Stands – On Sale, Free Shipping + 5% Back

Adventures in Homebrewing carries an extensive lineup of Ruby Street Brewing Systems Stands and Accessories.  AIH’s selection includes the original Ruby Street Systems in various sizes along with the new Fusion Brewing Stands, The Ruby Street Side Kick, Digital Control Systems, Alpha, Mega, Accessories and lots more.  Both propane and natural systems are available.

As of this posting, several configurations are on sale with prices starting at around $1,000 (Side Kick Frame).  Most systems ship for free to continental US addresses and Adventures in Homebrewing offers the equivalent of 5% back through their rewards program.  You’ll get the equivalent of 5% back to use toward a future purchase.  Check AiH for full selection and pricing information.

Ruby Street Brewing Systems Stands and Accessories

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Pre-Order The Brewie+ Automated Brewing System and Save $500

from MoreBeer: “The world’s first fully automated all grain brewing machine just got an upgrade! Introducing the Brewie Plus – now lighter, faster and stronger. Having shaved off nearly 15 lbs, the Brewie+ is noticeably easier to move around, and an upgraded WiFi module will help the unit stay connected even while brewing in the garage or work shed. Updated heating elements bring your strike water to temp and wort to boil faster, significantly decreasing the process time. And now with double the memory of the previous unit, the Brewie+ can be loaded up with even more of your favorite recipes!”

This item is on pre-sale and will be released in May or June.

Pre-Order the Brewie+ and Save $500

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Buy a Grainfather w/Connect Controller – Get a Free Distilling Lid

The Grainfather with Connect Controller – via William’s Brewing

More Info

The Grainfather is a 110 volt compact self contained RIMS mashing, boiling, and cooling system for mashing 5 gallon batches of beer. What is unique is that no special circuit, plug, or wiring is needed – this runs on any 110 volt 20 amp rated plug with a GFCI.  It features a 6 watt recirculating pump, for the mashing stage, and a separate counter flow wort chiller that you insert into the Grainfather when it is time to cool the 5 gallon batch after the electric powered boil. The boil is handled by a 1600 watt heating element.

For the initial mashing stage, you load the Grainfather with crushed grist (up to 18 pounds) per your recipe, set the thermostat to your desired mash temperature, add water, and let it go. Because it is a RIMS system, you can easily do multiple temperature rest mashing if desired – just adjust the temperature upwards with the thermostat whenever you want to go to another temperature rest. In addition the manual thermostat control, the Grainfather Connect Bluetooth control is also included.

After the mash cycle is done, you lift the grain basket partially so you can manually sparge by pouring water over the grain basket into the Grainfather below. You need to heat your own mash water, either by heating 5 gallons or so to boiling with the Grainfather before mashing and storing it in a stainless boiling pot, or heating when it is time to sparge with a separate brew pot on a stove. What we did was heat our sparge water in the Grainfather by getting it to boil in the Grainfather, then transferrring to a stainless boiling pot, and putting a lid on the pot. We then heated the pot briefly on a stove to raise it from 160° F. to the 168° F. needed for sparging,

After manual sparging, the grain basket is removed and you set the 1600 watt electric element to boil. It takes about 60-80 minutes to come to boil depending on ambient temperature. Hops are added manually during the boil per your recipe plan.

When the boil is over, you insert the included counter flow wort chiller to chill the wort which requires an external supply of cold water to run.  Our tests found this counter flow chiller extremely efficient, we chilled a 5 gallon batch of Double IPA to pitching temperature (about 78° F.) in 25 minutes, and only used 20 gallons of 70° F. water. It was so efficient that we just ran the end of the wort pipe from the counterflow directly into our fermenter.

After brewing, you run about 3 gallons of water (ideally saved from the chill) through the GrainFather again with a bit of PBW or other cleaner to clean the pump, lines, and counter flow chiller.

The Grainfather comes with a 1 year warranty.  We also offer a 60 day money back guarantee on everything we sell, even if you have used it (although this does not cover return shipping). It is 27″ tall with the recirculation tube attached, the cylinder body is 12″ in diameter, and 15″ in overall diameter when you consider the pump and thermostat.

A Grainfather app which allows you to upload recipes, and times your brew, is available free for Android and iOS. For iOS, go to iTunes and search for Grainfather, for Android, go to Google Play (the Android App has just been updated!). The included Connect Controller includes Bluetooth connectivity.

 

Note from HBF: I have a Grainfather (without connect controller) and I love it.  It’s my go-to brewing system.  I’ve have had or currently have multiple full scale and small scale systems and find myself coming back to the Grainfather again and again.

For a short time, William’s Brewing including a free distilling lid with purchase of a Grainfather with Connect Controller.  No coupon or promo code is necessary. Check product page for current availability.

The Grainfather with Connect Controller

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Brewer’s Edge Sparge Water Heater from William’s Brewing

Brewer’s Edge Sparge Water Heater.  About, from William’s: “On your brew day, the last thing you want to think about is sparge water. If you want something as simple and easy to use as possible, so you can concentrate on your brewing process, the Brewer’s Edge® Sparge Water Heater is the solution. It heats up to 4 gallons of sparge water to precisely 168° F., and is a perfect companion to the Mash & Boil, Grainfather, or Robobrew.

Features a preset temperature of 168° F. which is digitally controlled to plus or minus 2°. The great thing about this is how simple it is – just fill the Sparge Water Heater with the gallons desired, plug in, and choose either 750 or 1500 watts depending on how loaded your circuit is. Then wait for the green light and you are ready to sparge! It generally takes about 45 minutes to heat 4 gallons when using 1500 watts, or 2 hours when using 750 watts (this time can be shortened considerably by filling the unit with hot water from your tap). Double wall construction means the Brewer’s Edge Sparge Water Heater holds heat better than competing units, and costs less to run as it is better insulated than a single wall heater. It will run for hours and hold your sparge water ready at precisely 168° F.’

  • Simplicity – No adjustments, just plug it in and wait for the green light
  • Quality double wall construction for more efficiency
  • Choose from 750 or 1500 watts depending on your circuit capacity

As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this for $158.99.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

BREWER’S EDGE SPARGE WATER HEATER

Also: Hands on Review: Robobrew All Grain Brewing System

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