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Hands on Review: Wort Hog Turnkey Electric e-BIAB System – limited time free kettle upgrade

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.

Wort Hog 120V eBIAB System

When it comes to electric Brew In A Bag (eBIAB) systems, there are several choices out there. I’ve tried both 240 Volt and 120 Volt systems. While I love the speed of heating water/wort on the 240V systems, I don’t love the constraints/expense of wiring a 240V plug in a convenient place. The 1500 Watt and 1600 Watt eBIAB units out there are good, but they do lack when it comes to speed of heating strike water or getting a really vigorous boil. The Wort Hog 120V system slides into this niche with the convenience of a 120V system, but using a 2250W Blichmann heating element to give a notable boost.


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As of this posting, High Gravity Homebrew is upgrading your kettle to a BrewBuilt for free when you purchase a Wort Hog Brew In a Bag System [Hands on Review].  That’s a savings of $80.95 to $130.95 depending on what size system you choose.  No coupon code is necessary.  Valid while supplies last.  Check High Gravity for current availability.

Brewing System │ Electric │ Wort Hog 5-10 Gallon


System Overview

The Wort Hog Turn Key System via High Gravity Fermentations Supplies uses a Bayou Classic 11-gallon kettle. I’d never seen a Bayou Classic kettle in person before, and I’ll admit I had a pre-conceived opinion of them. I thought of them as “cheap turkey fryers” based on their low price and marketing, but I found my baseless opinion was completely off. This 11-gallon kettle has a super shiny, polished exterior, but most importantly it was made of a very robust thick gauge stainless steel. With high quality, clean welds, this baby is certainly going to live up to wear and tear for a long time, and cleaned up very easily.

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Two Burner System… 220k BTU Burners! – $169.99 AND Free $25 Gift Card

2 Burner System with 16'' Burner Stands (220,000 BTU)

2 Burner System with 16” Burner Stands (220,000 BTU) via Austin Homebrew Supply

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

This is a pair of our brand new 16″ propane burners and the hose to run them off of one propane tank. Both propane burners and stands measure 16″ square across the top, perfect for brew pots from 10-30 gallons and even 1/2 barrel keggles. This two burner system is great for full boils and all grain brewing systems.

Features:
– Two 4″ high pressure burners
– One 10 psi propane regulator
– Two control valves
– Two 36″ of LP Hoses
– Two 16″ x 16″ x 11″ burner stands
– Each burner tops out at 220,000 BTUs

 

As of this posting, this system is selling for $299.99.  Considering what you’re getting… I think that’s a great price.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Free $25 Gift Card! As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $25 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

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Buy a Pre-Order Anvil Foundry Brewing System – Get a Free $25 Gift Card

As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $25 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

Anvil Foundry All in One Systems at Austin Homebrew Supply

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Ends Today – Grainfather with Connect Controller… Save $200! + 5% back & free shipping

Grainfather with Connect Controller Electric Brewing System via Adventures in Homebrewing.  I have a Grainfather and love it.  It has been my go-to brewing system lately.  My does not have the Connect Controller.

About the Grainfather

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

Experience a new age of brewing with the wireless connectivity of the GrainFather and GrainFather Connect Controller!  BRAND NEW Connect Controller for the GrainFather!

Connect Control Box brings future automation together with the classic fun of brewing to enhance your brew day. This high level of automation allows you to multitask (or just kick back) while brewing and have alerts inform you of when you’re needed again.

Connect Control Box Features:

  • Control remotely with bluetooth connection to your mobile device
  • PID algorithm works in conjunction with a triac for more stable heating and so you can control power output
  • Programmable step mashing
  • Delayed Heating – wake up to waiting strike water and get brewing!
  • Easily switch between celsius and fahrenheit
  • Waterproof graphic display
  • Adaptable mounting system allows it to be used with any current GrainFather
  • Can be used with app or manually on the system

App Features:

  • GrainFather Grain Kit recipes provided in app
  • Import Beer XML files
  • Set your own boil temperature (for different altitudes)
  • Change between Celsius and Fahrenheit easily
  • GrainFather calculators provided in app
  • Check Out the Full Grainfather Connect Instructions HERE!

The Grainfather is an all inclusive all grain brewing system. The system allows you to mash at high extract efficiency by utilizing a pump for easy recirculating of the wort through the mashing process. The grain bed is then easy raised out of the kettle to provide for sparging and draining of the grains. Your mash tun then becomes an electric boil kettle.

The mash temperature and boil are all controlled precisely with an electric heating element. The system comes with a digital temperature controller so you can adjust temperature of your mash with in a degree. This allows for step mashing.

The included pump allows for easy recirculating of your wort during the mash as well as allows for quick cooling at the end of the boil by allowing you to pump through the included counterflow chiller.

This whole 8 gallon system is extremely compact so it makes for easy indoor or outdoor brewing.

 

Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  This is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather is on MAP pricing.  Rewards programs like this are one way to legitimately get a deal on MAP goods.  Note that this promotion does not directly discount the Grainfather, you get rewards points toward a future purchase.

As of this posting this is discounted by a whopping $200.  That’s a 20% savings, making it $799.99.

5% Back: You get about 5% back toward a future purchase via AIH’s Reward Program.

Free Shipping: AIH also ships this for free to addresses in the contiguous US.

Grainfather with Connect Controller

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Buy a Grainfather w/Connect Controller – $200 off MAP + Free Hop Spider via William’s Brewing

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.

$200 Off MAP: As of this posting, the Grainfather is currently under a MAP agreement.  That means retailers must enforce a minimum advertised price.  This unit sells for $1000 and is typically not discounted.   As of this posting, it’s marked down $200 to $799.98.

Free Hop Spider:  As of this posting, William’s Brewing is also throwing in a free hop spider.  Check the product page for current availability.

The Grainfather with Connect Controller

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Grainfather Electric Brewing System with Connect Controller – $799.98, Save $200 at MoreBeer

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The Grainfather is an electric all grain brewing system. Mash temperature is precisely controlled with an electric heating element. A pump recirculates throughout the mashing process ensuring even temperatures. At the end of the mash, The Grainfather becomes your electric brew kettle. The Grainfather includes a counterflow chiller. 8 Gallon system for indoor or outdoor brewing.

About, from MoreBeer: “The Grainfather is an all in one Brewing System with a hefty feature set and an economical price tag. It has a small footprint, but will brew five gallons of beer from all grain using household 120 v power. Mashing takes place in the inner Stainless basket, and recirculates through the perforated plate (also SS!), resulting in great efficiency and clarity. This unit also includes a counterflow chiller for cooling wort post boil.

Use the Connect Control Box in conjunction with the Connect App (and the recipe creator coming soon) for the ultimate brewing experience. The control box has Bluetooth connection to your mobile device so it can be controlled remotely. This allows you to multitask or simply relax while brewing and then be alerted when to return to your next step.”

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GrainFather Connect Features:

  • PID algorithm works in conjunction with a triac for more stable heating and so you can control power output
  • Programmable step mashing
  • Delayed heating – fill your Grainfather with water the night before and wake up to your water at strike temperature ready for brewing straight away
  • Change between Celsius and Fahrenheit easily
  • Waterproof graphic display
  • Use in manual mode or with app

App Features:

  • Grainfather Grain Kit recipes provided in the app
  • Ability to import recipes (Beer XML files) – NOTE: iOS9 and higher
  • Set your own boil temperature (for different altitudes)
  • Change between celsius and fahreheit easily
  • Grainfather calculators provided in app
  • Create recipes on the Grainfather Brewing Community and then sync these with the Connect App to brew
  • NOTE: The android app is currently in development, temporary version available)

App Requirements:

  • iPhone/iPad
    • Hardware: iPhone 4S or higher
    • Software: iOS8 or higher

. Must have Bluetooth 4.0 or higher
  • Android (currently in development, temporary version available)
    • Hardware: Android 4.3 (API Level 18) or higher
    • Software: Must have Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)/Bluetooth Smart

GrainFather Features:

  • 304 SS Construction
  • Tempered Glass Lid for mash insulation
  • Mag Drive Pump (6 Watt  1800 rpm)
  • SS Pump Filter
  • Expandable Grain Basket will fit a wide range of grain bills
  • SS Perforated filter for grain basket
  • 1600 Watt Heating Element
  • Temperature Controlled Elements for mash control
  • Insulated Recirculation Pipe
  • 8 US Gal Capacity
  • Includes cleaner
  • Includes CounterFlow Wort Chiller with copper inner coil

 

As of this posting, this is marked down a whopping $200 – shipping is also free to most US addresses

The GrainFather Connect – Bluetooth Connected All Grain Brewing System (120 v) AG605

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The Grainfather Connect via Amazon

The Grain Father Connect


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

  • Original grain father brewing system, original controller and connect Bluetooth control box included *not available from all sellers. While supplies last
  • 304 grade stainless steel superior body, with 8 us gal (30 l) capacity
  • Expandable grain basket to suit grain bills up to 20Lb

The grain father is an all-inclusive fully electric 120V all grain brewing system. With digital temperature controls that are accurate to the degree, complex processes like step mashing have never been easier. The unit also features a built in mash re-circulation pump for high efficiency, and a convoluted counter flow Chiller for quick cooling. The steps to brewing with the grain father are intuitive and simple, even with its compact footprint. Mash inside the unit with continuous circulation, raise the grain bed for sparing, and after removal your mashtun is now your boil kettle! the connect control box allows for automation without removing the fun of brewing, be as involved as you want to be! more automation means you can multitask or simply relax while brewing and then be alerted when to return for your next step. Use the connect control box in conjunction with the connect app for the ultimate brewing experience.


The Grain Father Connect


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Grainfather with Connect Controller AND Free Graincoat Insulating Jacket – $200 Off

Grainfather Connect All In One Brewing System with FREE GrainCoat w Bluetooth

From the offering description, check product page for current description, price and availability: “The Grainfather, is your all in one brewing system, to make beer from grain. The sleek look, user friendly, intuitive design, and innovative features, make this your perfect brewing companion for both experienced and beginner all grain brewers. It is made from high quality 304 grade stainless steel with a 30 L capacity, designed to make up to 23 L of beer from one brew.”

As of this posting, the Grainfather is currently under a MAP agreement.  That means retailers must enforce a minimum advertised price.  This unit sells for around $1000 and is rarely discounted.  this is currently selling for right around MAP price at $998.98.  For a limited time, this is discounted $200 to $798.98.  Shipping is free to many US addresses and the seller is throwing in a FREE Graincoat insulating jacket as a bonus.

Grainfather Connect All In One Brewing System with FREE GrainCoat w Bluetooth

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Hands on Review: Blichmann Engineering RIMS Rocket

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.

Blichmann RIMS Rocket

I heard the term ‘RIMS’ long before I really knew what it was. The decoded acronym ‘Recirculating Infusion Mash System’ didn’t help much, either. In hindsight, the acronym has all the info in it to describe what it is. It’s a system to control mash temperature by adding heat to your recirculating wort. You use a pump to draw wort out of your mash tun, push it past a heating element, and then return that heated wort back to your main mash tun. Connected to a controller, a temperature sensor monitors the temperature of your recirculating wort and turns your heat source on or off based on the measured temperature, as compared to your target temperature. And since this heating element is outside of your mash tun, a RIMS can be used whether your mash tun is a plastic cooler or a steel pot.

Connected to a RIMS Controller and Mash Tun

Blichmann offers two levels of RIMS. The first is a 120V system that has a 2000-Watt heating element, and the other is a 240V system with a 3500-Watt heating element. The 120V system is designed for up to 10 gallon batches, and the 240V system is up to 20 gallons. To get an idea of the heating potential, Blichmann provides a formula on their website to calculate the heating potential.

°F/minute = 0.0068*(Wattage/gallons of wort).

So with 6 gallons of wort in your mash tun, the 2000W/120V system can heat at about 2.3 degrees/minute. The 3500W/240V system on the same 6 gallons can heat it 4 degrees/minute.

The heating element sits inside a stainless steel canister that holds about 0.75 gallons of wort. With the heating element’s large corkscrew design, it has a lot of surface area to transfer heat to your wort without scorching. There are 1/2″ NPT fittings on the inlet and outlet of the canister. On the outlet you need a Y-fitting so you can install a temperature sensor to monitor the temperature of the wort as it exits the RIMS Rocket.

The heating element connects through Blichmann’s custom heating element connection. The large, robust connection ensures a solid electrical connection and grounding to the housing for safety. You disconnect your cable to make cleaning and storage easier, so you don’t have to drag the cord around like a tail. And although not waterproof to dunk in a bucket of water, it has a good-sized splash shield to protect the connection from the splashes that come with the wet sport of brewing.

Smooth Machined Inside of Housing

The inside of the housing is machined and designed to be free of crevices or cracks. This is important since mash recirculation is practically guaranteed to have some level of grain particles passing through that you don’t want to get stuck. The heating element built into the base seals to the main cone of the housing with a large O-ring. And it is held together and tightened with a circular band clamp with a threaded nut/bolt combination. This clamp makes for fairly easy disassembly to clean inside as often as you’d like.


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In Stock and Shipping… New Robobrew BrewZilla 16.9 Gallon V3 All Grain Brewing System

Robobrew V3 All Grain Brewing System with Pump – 9.25G via Brewer Dude

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

We’re excited to announce the coming release of the Robobrew BrewZilla! This 65L version of the popular Robobrew is perfectly sized for brewing 10-gallon batches. The BrewZilla will be available for prebook soon, so check back often, or click the button above to be notified when the item is in stock.

All in one brewing systems with recirculating pumps are where it’s at. They make brewing simple and easy and get homebrewers doing all-grain earlier, many starting with their very first batch. The Robobrew series is leading the charge with its amazing price point.

The Robobrew BrewZilla is an all-in-one electric brewing system that has built in elements for heating and boiling, a built-in pump for recirculation, an onboard water-resistant control panel for setting and monitoring temperatures, a removable grain basket, and a built-in spigot for transferring. It is easy to move and store when not in use, making it a great option for brewers with space constraints.

This very capable 15amp brewery has over 3 kilowatts of power that can get wort up to boil in no time. 220V outlet required! The BrewZilla has been made with ultra-low watt density elements, which means less caramelization and also makes this unit capable of producing very light beers with very little maillard effect. This is also particularly useful for high gravity beers that can get some degree of scorching in other electric breweries with higher watt density.

Triple heating elements run off of a single 220 volt plug and have individual switches allowing for more control over the heating process. The elements are 2000, 1000 and 500 watts for a combined 3500 watts! Use all three when you need to ramp up the temperature, either to quickly get to your mash temp or to rapidly go from your mash temp to boiling. Use only one of the elements when you want to hold a temperature.

Built in magnetic drive pump to easily recirculate the wort during the mash. We recommend getting some silicone tubing to go with the recirculation arm. This allows you more control over the recirculation and you can then use the pump to transfer your wort to your fermenter.

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 stainless steel malt pipe 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 unit and tabs at the base so you can set the malt pipe over the BrewZilla 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.

The included stainless wort chiller is shipped with bare ends so you can set it up for your situation. We list below the most common tubing and fittings sold to help connect to a hose, hose bib, or faucet.

Features:

  • Stainless steel construction
  • 16 gallon total capacity with a finished beer output of 10 gallons
  • Digital temperature controller
  • 220v power and plug
  • Triple heating elements for total control (2000, 1000 and 500 watts)\
  • Stainless steel 1/2 in ball valve for draining (don’t have to use the pump)
  • Immersion wort chiller included
  • Stainless steel malt pipe/basket
  • Stamped in volume markers
  • Glass lid
  • Magnetic drive pump for recirculation
  • Recirculation arm
  • Temperature reads in °F or °C (press and hold temp button for several seconds to adjust)
  • Approximately 36″ H (with recirculation arm) x 16″ D

 

Brewer Dude has this new system in stock and ready to ship.  It’s selling for $699.99 and is most likely a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price and it also means it’s typically going to be about the same price no matter where you buy it.  Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Robobrew BrewZilla V3 All Grain Brewing System With Pump – 65L/16.9G (220v)

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