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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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Stainless Steel Ball Valves from $8.50 at ProFlow Dynamics w/15% Off Sale

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ProFlow Dynamics has a great selection of ball valves include 2 piece, 3 piece, 3 way, butterfly and mini ball valves.  All are stainless steel

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Feedback from HBF Reader Tony about Pro-Flow’s 3 Piece Ball Valve:

Used them on this last Saturday for my pump and kettle after giving them a good soak in some oxyclean and then sanitizer. They come apart easily and go back together without much effort. In the end, easier than the ball valves they replaced since they don’t take much effort to take apart – 2 of my standard ball valves were frozen shut and wouldn’t allow for a clean out. It took only an extra minute vs. a normal working ball valve to come apart, so not much more work. Now I know my valves are 100% clean as you can see every bit and scrub where needed.

Shipping was fast – US Postal Priority, and reasonably cheap. I picked up some silicone hose too, as they have it cheaper than most other places at by the foot prices. Maybe not quite as good as a 100′ bulk buy, but close.

 

As of this posting, prices start at just $10 (compact 2 piece).  Coupon code BREW15% takes another 15% Off. Check PFD for up to the minute price and availability.

Ball Valves at ProFlow Dynamics | 2 Piece 1/2″ SS | 3 Piece 1/2″ SS – Coupon Code BREW15% takes 15% Off Ball Valves

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