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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.


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

robobrew upgrade board

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.


Compare Prices, Review Continues Below


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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Last Call: Massive Savings on Brautag 20 Gallon, 3 Vessel HERMS System

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing System

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing System from Keg Connection

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

To redeem your FREE 15 gallon recipe kit, decide which kit you’d like from our complete selection (CLICK HERE) and simply write it in the “ORDER NOTES” section when you’re checking out with your Brautag in your cart. You’ll also need to write in the “ORDER NOTES” section which strain of Imperial Yeast you’d like us to send with your 15 gallon recipe kit (CLICK HERE TO SEE IMPERIAL YEAST). Your 1-year membership to Brewer’s Friend PREMIUM will be registered by us using the email address you’ve given us as your Kegconnection account. Registration confirmation from BrewersFriend.com will be emailed to you as soon as registration is complete.

Brautag is German for “Brew Day” and this is the perfect system for you to brew your best beer yet! HERMS stands for Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System. This is our favorite style of brewing system because it uses indirect heat to warm up your mash. This eliminates issues with scorched grain and gives its user very consistent brewing temperatures. The Brautag has three 20 gallon kettles and is the perfect size for 15 gallon batches.

The Brautag is a collaboration between the team behind the Homebrew Happy Hour podcast – and it has been a labor of love! This system was developed from the ground up and is the result of several years of building HERMS systems and brewing on them. The goal with this system is to allow someone to get it set up and brewing quickly and easily. The Brautag has been designed to be easy to brew on and this has been achieved by using very intuitive controllers coupled with videos and written documentation. For detailed information on this system please visit www.brautag.com or watch the video below!

What’s Included:
3 premium stianless steel Brautag 20 gallon kettles with durable ball valves and easy to use stainless steel quick connects – It makes swapping hoses around a breeze!

Hot Liquor Tank (HLT) is fitted with a 50′ half inch stainless steel recirculating HERMS coil for the most effective form of heat exchange.

Mash Tun comes with two premium quick connect attachments for sparging and a durable false bottom to ensure clear recirculation for your mash and sparge.

Boil kettle is fitted with premium components such as the tri-clamp fitted immersive heating element (which makes it easy to remove for cleaning or replacement) and stainless steel valves with quick connects.

The Brautag controller is an innovative no-nonsense controller developed to make your brew day better. It’s easy to understand which makes it easier for you to fully control the brewing process. Dial in your temperatures with ease and control the entire process at the flick of a switch or push of a button.

Comes with two high quality centrifugal pumps!

Brew table is optional

Wort chiller is optional


 

  • Keg Connection’s Cyber Monday Sale was set to end a few days back, but they had technical issues and have extended the sale for a short while longer.
  • This system is included in the same and marked down a whopping $1495 to $3,500.
  • HBF Reader Coupon!  As of this posting, coupon code HBF5OFF takes an additional 5% off nearly everything. This saves you another… $175.
  • Check product page to see current price, description and availability.

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing SystemKeg Connection’s Cyber Monday Sale

Flat Rate Shipping

  • Shipping is a flat fee no matter how much you buy site-wide to addresses in the contiguous US.
  • Maximize Flat Rate Shipping: Since shipping is flat rate, grab a keg, some ingredients, a recipe kit or something else it will all ship for that same flat rate.

More: Recent Great Deals

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Massive Savings on Brautag 20 Gallon, 3 Vessel HERMS System

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing System

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing System from Keg Connection

More Info

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

To redeem your FREE 15 gallon recipe kit, decide which kit you’d like from our complete selection (CLICK HERE) and simply write it in the “ORDER NOTES” section when you’re checking out with your Brautag in your cart. You’ll also need to write in the “ORDER NOTES” section which strain of Imperial Yeast you’d like us to send with your 15 gallon recipe kit (CLICK HERE TO SEE IMPERIAL YEAST). Your 1-year membership to Brewer’s Friend PREMIUM will be registered by us using the email address you’ve given us as your Kegconnection account. Registration confirmation from BrewersFriend.com will be emailed to you as soon as registration is complete.

Brautag is German for “Brew Day” and this is the perfect system for you to brew your best beer yet! HERMS stands for Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System. This is our favorite style of brewing system because it uses indirect heat to warm up your mash. This eliminates issues with scorched grain and gives its user very consistent brewing temperatures. The Brautag has three 20 gallon kettles and is the perfect size for 15 gallon batches.

The Brautag is a collaboration between the team behind the Homebrew Happy Hour podcast – and it has been a labor of love! This system was developed from the ground up and is the result of several years of building HERMS systems and brewing on them. The goal with this system is to allow someone to get it set up and brewing quickly and easily. The Brautag has been designed to be easy to brew on and this has been achieved by using very intuitive controllers coupled with videos and written documentation. For detailed information on this system please visit www.brautag.com or watch the video below!

What’s Included:
3 premium stianless steel Brautag 20 gallon kettles with durable ball valves and easy to use stainless steel quick connects – It makes swapping hoses around a breeze!

Hot Liquor Tank (HLT) is fitted with a 50′ half inch stainless steel recirculating HERMS coil for the most effective form of heat exchange.

Mash Tun comes with two premium quick connect attachments for sparging and a durable false bottom to ensure clear recirculation for your mash and sparge.

Boil kettle is fitted with premium components such as the tri-clamp fitted immersive heating element (which makes it easy to remove for cleaning or replacement) and stainless steel valves with quick connects.

The Brautag controller is an innovative no-nonsense controller developed to make your brew day better. It’s easy to understand which makes it easier for you to fully control the brewing process. Dial in your temperatures with ease and control the entire process at the flick of a switch or push of a button.

Comes with two high quality centrifugal pumps!

Brew table is optional

Wort chiller is optional


 

  • Keg Connection’s Cyber Monday Sale was set to end a few days back, but they had technical issues and have extended the sale for a short while longer.
  • This system is included in the same and marked down a whopping $1495 to $3,500.
  • HBF Reader Coupon!  As of this posting, coupon code HBF5OFF takes an additional 5% off nearly everything. This saves you another… $175.
  • Check product page to see current price, description and availability.

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing SystemKeg Connection’s Cyber Monday Sale

Flat Rate Shipping

  • Shipping is a flat fee no matter how much you buy site-wide to addresses in the contiguous US.
  • Maximize Flat Rate Shipping: Since shipping is flat rate, grab a keg, some ingredients, a recipe kit or something else it will all ship for that same flat rate.

More: Recent Great Deals

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Hands on Review: Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil Electric Brewery + It’s Finally Back in Stock

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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Rare Deal: Grainfather Electric Brewing System with Connect Controller – $799.98, Save $100 + free shipping

 The Original GrainFather - All Grain Brewing System (120 v) AG600

The Original GrainFather – All Grain Brewing System via MoreBeer

More Info

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

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.

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

 

  • 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.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.
  • Rare Deal!  As of this posting, MoreBeer has this marked down just over $100 to $789.99.
  • Shipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US.

The Original GrainFather – All Grain Brewing System (120 v) AG600

Check sale or product page for current availability & pricing

Rare Deal: Grainfather Electric Brewing System with Connect Controller – $799.98, Save $100 + free shipping

 The Original GrainFather - All Grain Brewing System (120 v) AG600

The Original GrainFather – All Grain Brewing System via MoreBeer

More Info

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

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.

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

 

  • 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.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.
  • Rare Deal!  As of this posting, MoreBeer has this marked down just over $100 to $789.99.
  • Shipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US.

The Original GrainFather – All Grain Brewing System (120 v) AG600

Check sale or product page for current availability & pricing

Hands on Review: BrewZilla Robobrew All Grain Brewing System – New Updates, Convert Robobrew to BrewZilla

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

robobrew upgrade board

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.


Compare Prices, Review Continues Below


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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Inkbird PID Temperature Controller + Sensor, Relay and Heat Sink

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller Kit, High Voltage 100ACV to 240ACV, Comes with SSR 40DA Solid State Relay, K Type Thermocouple, and White Heat Sink

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller Kit, High Voltage 100ACV to 240ACV, Comes with SSR 40DA Solid State Relay, K Type Thermocouple, and White Heat Sink by Inkbird

More Info

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

  • 【Alarm Output】With one alarm relay output: AC250V 3A (Resistive load) ON/NC, you may connect it with a buzzer.
  • 【Supports 3 Wires Sensors】3 wires sensor or 2 wires sensor, like K type thermocouple and Cu500, are supported by this PID temperature controller
  • 【SSR Output】With one relay output for external SSR, SSR or relay is a must for this temperature controller. A 40DA SSR is included
  • 【Digital Display ℃/℉】It’s a digital PID controller but also supports Centigrade and Fahrenheit reading
  • 【2 Temp Displaying Windows】The real-time temperature and the setpoint are shown at the same time

 

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.

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller Kit, High Voltage 100ACV to 240ACV, Comes with SSR 40DA Solid State Relay, K Type Thermocouple, and White Heat Sink – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Inkbird Temperature Controller Deals and Reviews!

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller + Sensor, Relay and Heat Sink

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller Kit, High Voltage 100ACV to 240ACV, Comes with SSR 40DA Solid State Relay, K Type Thermocouple, and White Heat Sink

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller Kit, High Voltage 100ACV to 240ACV, Comes with SSR 40DA Solid State Relay, K Type Thermocouple, and White Heat Sink by Inkbird

More Info

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

  • 【Alarm Output】With one alarm relay output: AC250V 3A (Resistive load) ON/NC, you may connect it with a buzzer.
  • 【Supports 3 Wires Sensors】3 wires sensor or 2 wires sensor, like K type thermocouple and Cu500, are supported by this PID temperature controller
  • 【SSR Output】With one relay output for external SSR, SSR or relay is a must for this temperature controller. A 40DA SSR is included
  • 【Digital Display ℃/℉】It’s a digital PID controller but also supports Centigrade and Fahrenheit reading
  • 【2 Temp Displaying Windows】The real-time temperature and the setpoint are shown at the same time

 

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.

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller Kit, High Voltage 100ACV to 240ACV, Comes with SSR 40DA Solid State Relay, K Type Thermocouple, and White Heat Sink – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Inkbird Temperature Controller Deals and Reviews!

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.

Continue reading