Category Archives: Kettles

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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Ends Today: Chapman Brewing Kettler 10 Gallon Heavy Duty Brew Kettle… $105, Save $124, Clearance + Stacking Deal

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Adventures in Homebrewing has Chapman Brewing’s Kettler Heavy Duty, Tricked Out Brew Kettles on sale for $115 on clearance. That’s a whopping $115 off list.

Stacking Deal, Save an additional $10: Adventures in Homebrewing is offering up to $30 off your purchase, depending on your order total.  Get $10 off $80, $20 off $160 and $30 off $240.  No coupon code is required, the discounted amount should be automatically be reflected in your cart before checkout.  Nearly everything qualifies including existing sale items, although their are a few exceptions.  See terms and conditions.

That makes these kettles just $105 while they last.

Heavy Kettler Brew Pot – 10 gal (38L)

Also: 10 to 15 Gallon Kettles – on sale + works with stacking deal

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CO-Z 5 Piece Titanium Step Drill Bit Set and Case + Center Punch – [Add a Weldless Bulkhead to Your Kettle]

CO-Z HSS 5PCS Titanium Step Drill Bit Set with Automatic Center Punch, 50 Sizes in 5 High Speed Steel Drill Bits Set for Sheet Metal with Aluminum Case, Multiple Hole Stepped Up Bits for DIY Lovers

CO-Z HSS 5PCS Titanium Step Drill Bit Set with Automatic Center Punch, 50 Sizes in 5 High Speed Steel Drill Bits Set for Sheet Metal with Aluminum Case, Multiple Hole Stepped Up Bits for DIY Lovers

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  • HSS STEEL CONSTRUCTION: High-speed steel construction for longer cutting edge life even at extreme temperatures
  • TITANIUM COATING: Coated by titanium, this step drill set performs well in heat, corrosion and rust resistance.
  • AUTOMATIC CENTER PUNCH: Delivers an automatic, high-impact, spring-loaded strike when pressed against surface, adjustable cap regulates striking force
  • 50 SIZE IN 5: The bits set includes five standard step drill bits that can replace 50 individual drill bits.
  • A MUST-HAVE FOR HANDYMAN OR PROFESSIONALS: Perfect for home repairs and light jobs such as drilling holes in plastic, aluminum, copper and many other types of sheet metal.

 

Possible Uses: Drill a hole in your kettle based brew kettle, mlt or hlt so that you can add a weldless bulkhead, ball valve or thermometer.

CO-Z HSS 5PCS Titanium Step Drill Bit Set with Automatic Center Punch, 50 Sizes in 5 High Speed Steel Drill Bits Set for Sheet Metal with Aluminum Case, Multiple Hole Stepped Up Bits for DIY Lovers


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Chapman Brewing Kettler 10 Gallon Heavy Duty Brew Kettle… $105, Save $124, Clearance + Stacking Deal!

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Adventures in Homebrewing has Chapman Brewing’s Kettler Heavy Duty, Tricked Out Brew Kettles on sale for $115 on clearance. That’s a whopping $115 off list.

Stacking Deal, Save an additional $10: Adventures in Homebrewing is offering up to $30 off your purchase, depending on your order total.  Get $10 off $80, $20 off $160 and $30 off $240.  No coupon code is required, the discounted amount should be automatically be reflected in your cart before checkout.  Nearly everything qualifies including existing sale items, although their are a few exceptions.  See terms and conditions.

That makes these kettles just $105 while they last.

Heavy Kettler Brew Pot – 10 gal (38L)

Also: 10 to 15 Gallon Kettles – on sale + works with stacking deal

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Hands on Review: BrewZilla Robobrew All Grain Brewing System – New User Guide

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.


Robobrew vs BrewZilla + Conversion Board

Since this review was released the Robobrew has been rebranded to the BrewZilla.  Features and specs may vary from the version reviewed.

If you’re looking to convert your Robobrew to a BrewZilla an upgrade board is available

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Robobrew Gen 3.1.1 Upgrade Board Set 110 volt via William’s Brewing


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.


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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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Hands on Review: Anvil Foundry Brewing System + It’s Finally Shipping!

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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.


Anvil Brewing Equipment Foundry

There are a lot of all-in-one electric brew rigs on the market. The entry to all-grain for most was through a converted cooler 3-vessel system. It was the cheapest way to get into all-grain, and why so many of us came that way. Precision control and/or electric heating convenience came at a premium that you would upgrade to later. Well, those are now relegated to “old timer stories”. At the all-grain entry level price point, you can now get an all-in-one electric unit from Anvil for the price you’d pay for an Igloo cooler kit with a burner and pot. So now those getting into all-grain can start with the precision of digital temperature control, and the weather-proof convenience of an electric heat source.


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  • Anvil’s Foundry Brewing Systems have been wildly popular since their introduction.
  • This is evidenced by the fact that there have been consistent availability issues.
  • As a shipment becomes available.. it sells out in short order.
  • To my knowledge these all ship directly from Anvil.  That means there’s one pool that everyone is drawing from.
  • Prices should be about the same no matter where you purchase.
  • Check each retailer for current price, selection, description and availability.

As of this update, Anvil saying that both 6.5 and 10.5 gallon systems are shipping!

Based on past experience, this can change quickly, check retailer product pages for current price, description  and availability.

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Comparing Anvil Foundry Versions

anvil brewing equipment foundry review

The Anvil Foundry comes in two sizes, a 10.5 gallon and a 6.5 gallon. They share most all of the same features, but the 10.5 is targeted at 4-5 gallon batches, and the 6.5 for 2.5 gallon batches. There’s also an accessory you can order for the 10.5 to insert in the mash basket and then go as low as 2 gallon batches. Both of these units come with the option to add on a recirculation kit, which provides a pump and some other hardware bits to allow you to recirculate wort during the mash. Every unit also has a simple switch you can change to run on 120V or 240V. However, the unit comes with a 3-prong 120V plug, so if you do opt for the 240V setting, you have to cut the plug off and attach the appropriate 240V plug type.

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IMUSA 32 Quart [8 Gallon] Kettle & False Bottom

IMUSA USA MEXICANA-34 Aluminum Tamale and Steamer Pot 32-Quart, Silver

IMUSA USA MEXICANA-34 Aluminum Tamale and Steamer Pot 32-Quart, Silver

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  • Made of Durable Aluminum
  • Removable Steamer Insert
  • Can be used as a Stock Pot without Insert
  • Heavy duty, Durable and Easy to Use
  • Ideal for Tamales, Lobster, Mussels, Corn on the Cob and More

 

This has a steamer insert/false bottom that could potentially be handy for Brew in a Bag/BIAB style brews.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “beer” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

IMUSA USA MEXICANA-34 Aluminum Tamale and Steamer Pot 32-Quart, Silver – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Brewmaster Brand 5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle – $25.99 + free ship eligible, limited availability

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5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle from MoreBeer

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Smaller home brews should still produce results that are just as tasty as larger batches, which is why this 5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle is an excellent addition to your home brew setup. This small 5 gallon brewing kettle is a great kettle for the beginning brewer to learn on, as it holds a manageable sized batch and it’s available for a very affordable price.

Although this brew kettle is quite economical, it’s also made of high quality 202 stainless steel that is anything but cheap. The 0.5-mm thick sides and bottom are more than thick enough for this amount of liquid, and the riveted stainless steel handles on the kettle’s body make it easy to carry even when filled. This 5 gallon kettle can safely hold up to 3 gallons of wort while boiling, making it the perfect size for extract brewing right in your own home!

Features:

  • 0.5mm thick stainless sides and bottom
  • 10″ H x 12.5″ D
  • Riveted Handles on Kettle Body
  • Kettle Lid with riveted handle
  • 5 gallon full capacity (3 gallons while boiling)
  • Perfect size for Extract Brewing!

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this on sale as as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle BE300

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Stacking Deals on 10 and 15 Gallon Homebrew Kettles

10 Gallon Brew Pot with Volume Markings (1 Weld)

  • AIH has select 10 and 15 gallon kettles are on sale.
  • These kettles featured welded full ports.  They are full ports meaning that it’s threaded on both sides.  Since these are welded ports, there’s no messing with weldless kits that have more of a tendency to leak.
  • For the bottom port you can add a compatible ball port on the outside and a bazooka screen of pickup tube on the inside.
  • For models with a top port, you can easily add a thermometer.

Stacking Deal! Save an additional $10 to $30, depending on order size: Adventures in Homebrewing is offering up to $30 off your purchase, depending on your order total.  Get $10 off $80, $20 off $160 and $30 off $240.  No coupon code is required, the discounted amount should be automatically be reflected in your cart before checkout.  Nearly everything qualifies including existing sale items, although their are a few exceptions.  See terms and conditions.

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10 Gallon Stainless Kettle w/Welded Port & Volume Markings – $75.99, Save $56

10 Gallon 1 Weld Volume Marked Brew Pot
10 gallon stainless steel kettle from Adventures in Homebrewing.  18 gauge with one 1/2″ NPT welded female couplings. Perfect for a 1/2″ ball valve assembly on the outside and a bazooka screen on the inside. Pot measures approximately 14″ (diameter) by 16.5″ (height) and weighs just under 10 lbs. Inner Dimensions are 13 5/8″ wide x 16 1/4″ high. The inside of the pot features 1/4 gallon markings from 1/4 gallon to 10 gallons.

  • As of this posting, AIH has this marked down $56.30 to $75.99 as part of their Christmas in July Sale!
  • No coupon code required, check product page for availability

10 Gallon 1 Weld Volume Marked Brew PotChristmas in July Sale!

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