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Top Content Countdown… Our 2nd Most Popular Review Resource Post of 2021!…Hands on Review: Anvil Foundry Brewing System

anvil brewing foundry review

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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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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Announcing: 18 Gallon Anvil Foundry All In One Brewing System!

18 gallon Anvil Foundry All-in-One Brewing System

Anvil has released and 18 gallon size of their very popular Foundry Brewing All In On Brewing System. Check out our Hands on Review of the smaller size to learn more.

More Info

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

Blazing fast heating times with the 4000W heating element and linear digital power control allows you to dial in the perfect heat rate for your recipe. Cleaning is a breeze with the NEW removable false bottom. Less time for cleanup means more time for BEER!

240V Operation 6-20P plug 4000W 17A for Faster Heating & Better Boils.
Cleaning is a breeze with the Patented Removable False bottom.
Grain Capacity – 36 Pounds
Double Wall Insulation Maintains Mash Temps and Increases Heating Speeds.
Linear Digital Power Control and Solid-State Switching for Fine-Tuning your Boil.
Turbo 500 Distillation Ready.
Includes High Capacity Stainless Immersion Chiller with Hoses & Fittings.
Optional external recirculation pump is easy to clean and can be used for other pumping needs.
Three Foundry Sizes Available: 18 Gallon for 10 gallon batches, 10.5 Gallon for 5 Gallon Batches and 6.5 Gallon for 2.5-3 Gallon Batches.


 

  • As of this posting AIH has these on pre-order for $699.
  • Like all Anvil Equipment, these are on MAP (minimum advertised price) agreements that don’t allow retailers to discount.
  • Bonus, 5% Back: Get the equivalent to about 5% back on nearly everything via AIH’s Rewards Program – note that you need to log in to earn rewards. Double check to make sure the product page reads “xx” points will be rewarded when you buy this item.
  • For your reference, 699 points = about $34.95 back in value toward a future purchase. Those points would be immediately redeemable for a $20 gift card.

18 gallon Anvil Foundry All-in-One Brewing System

Anvil Foundry Systems at Adventures in Homebrewing

Hands on Review: Anvil Foundry Brewing System!

Note that this is not a direct discount on any Anvil product.  All Anvil gear is selling for full price.  You get credit toward a future purchase.

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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.


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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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Announcing BrewZilla 24 Liter Boiler Extension for 65 Liter BrewZilla & Digiboil

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Brewzilla 65 Liter 24 Liter Boiler Extension via William’s Brewing

Brewzilla 65 Liter 24 Liter Boiler ExtensionThis 24 Liter Extension fits the 65 Liter Brewzilla and Digiboil and turns them into a 89 Liter (23 gallon) capacity unit. This is handy for distillers and brewers alike. For distillers, you can boil closer to the still head without batch ruining boiler overs, and for brewers, you can add a couple extra gallons to your batch.

Brewzilla 65 Liter 24 Liter Boiler Extension

 

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It’s In Stock! – Anvil Foundry Brewing System + Hands on Review

  • 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 is saying the 10.5 gallon model is in stock. Check product pages for current availability…

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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

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.

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.

Rare Deal: Save on Grainfather via Black Friday Sale

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  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 gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a limited time Black Friday Sale on their all grain brewing systems, conical and glycol chiller

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

Check sale or product page for current availability & pricing

My Pick for the best Grainfather G30 Deal… MoreBeer, Williams and AIH all have this marked down to $719. That’s a savings of about $280. So this is an outstanding deal no matter where you buy it. However, William’s Brewing is throwing in a free Hop Spider (just check the box) that makes it the best deal in my book. The Grainfather G30 110 volt at William’s Brewing

cyber monday homebrew deals

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Grainfather Black Friday Sale – My Pick For the Best Deal

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  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 gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a limited time Black Friday Sale on their all grain brewing systems, conical and glycol chiller

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

Check sale or product page for current availability & pricing

My Pick for the best Grainfather G30 Deal… MoreBeer, Williams and AIH all have this marked down to $719. That’s a savings of about $280. So this is an outstanding deal no matter where you buy it. However, William’s Brewing is throwing in a free Hop Spider (just check the box) that makes it the best deal in my book. The Grainfather G30 110 volt at William’s Brewing

cyber monday homebrew deals

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Grainfather Black Friday Sale!

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  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 gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a limited time Black Friday Sale on their all grain brewing systems, conical and glycol chiller

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

Check sale or product page for current availability & pricing

My Pick for the best Grainfather G30 Deal… MoreBeer, Williams and AIH all have this marked down to $719. That’s a savings of about $280. So this is an outstanding deal no matter where you buy it. However, William’s Brewing is throwing in a free Hop Spider (just check the box) that makes it the best deal in my book. The Grainfather G30 110 volt at William’s Brewing

cyber monday homebrew deals

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