Category Archives: Electric Brewing

If you’ve been waiting… Anvil Foundry – Back in Stock!

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From Great Fermentations:

IT’S BACK!
ANVIL FOUNDRY BREWING SYSTEM

After a long hiatus, the ANVIL Foundry is now back in stock! We’ve got units in stock ready to ship. Order yours today and make sure you get one before they run out again! The most popular brewing system on the market right now; get your ANVIL Foundry Today!


A lot of shops drop ship Blichmann gear direct from the manufacturer, meaning, they don’t actually stock it.  In this case, Great Fermentation actually has these hard to find systems on hand and will be shipping them out directly.  Get them while you can.

ANVIL FOUNDRY BREWING SYSTEM AND ACCESSORIES

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Hands on Review: Blichmann BrewCommander Controller!

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 BrewCommander Controller

Controllers for an electric brew rig are surprisingly expensive. They seem to have such a simplistic job- control temperature and/or modulate output power. But of course that job is the heart of an electric brew system. It’s what allows you to have a more stress-free brew day because you can set the temperature and then go do something else. It’s what enables you to brew inside with electric and not have to battle the weather, or have to drag equipment from a storage space inside to a brew area outside. So I guess even though they do a job that’s easy to describe, the value they provide to the brew day is pretty significant. And thus justify their price tag with that.

As electric brewing continues to grow in popularity, more controller options become available. Blichmann has had a controller out on the market for a while, but they were long overdue for an upgrade. The BrewCommander, however, is more than simply an upgrade, as it leapfrogged itself with more features and came out with a lower price. From a features standpoint, it distinguishes itself from other stand-alone controllers with features like an LCD touchscreen and delayed start timer that previously was only available with built-in controllers on all-in-one electric brew systems. The BrewCommander comes in a version to control your gas-fired rig, but my review will focus on their electric controllers.


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Bonsenkitchen Countertop Burner [Induction Brewing] – $35.99 + free shipping, w/coupon

Bonsenkitchen Smart Touch Sensor Single Electric Countertop Burner 9 Power Level Rapid Heating, Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware, Space Saving Portable Induction Cooktop Burner

Bonsenkitchen Smart Touch Sensor Single Electric Countertop Burner 9 Power Level Rapid Heating, Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware, Space Saving Portable Induction Cooktop Burner

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

  • Maximize Your Kitchen Space: Bonsenkitchen compact induction cooktop which features a small footprint and compact design to easily store when not in use. Space saving size makes it perfect for dorm rooms, boats, RVs, or motor homes where space is limited
  • Portable Lightweight Cooker: The net weight of our single induction plate is 2.2kg which is convenient to carry everywhere. The light weight feature is enough to be easily moved to garden, camping and allows you to put it in table to enjoy hot pot in winter
  • Universal Fit Induction Cooker: Compatible with induction ready cookware, the countertop burner is suitable for CAST IRON, ENAMELED IRON, STAINLESS STEEL which diameter is from 4 to 8.7”(10-22cm). If the cookware is larger than the circular placement guides, the area outside the guides will stop working cause by an inconsistent heating pattern . The auto-pan detection will shut the unit off automatically if without compatible cookware or no cookware is detecte
  • Easy Cleaning Glass Surface: Electronic induction cooktop frees you from struggling with burnt on food that’s hard to remove. Please make cleaning with cooktop cleaner for induction burner until it cool down below 140°F

 

Possible homebrewing uses include: Boiling wort in your compatible brew kettle, getting strike water up to temperature and maintaining mash temperatures.

10/14/19 12 AM Central: This is selling for $43.99.  Click on “Save an extra $8 when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $35.99 at checkout.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping 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 Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Bonsenkitchen Smart Touch Sensor Single Electric Countertop Burner 9 Power Level Rapid Heating, Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware, Space Saving Portable Induction Cooktop Burner – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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.

PicoBrew Zymatic Electric Brew System – $1,400, Save $600! + Free Shipping and 5% Back, Limited Quantities

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.

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.

  • Save $400! AIH has marked this down a whopping $400 to $1,600.
  • 5% back! – 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 $80 back toward a future purchase.
  • Free Shipping: They are also offering free shipping to addresses in the contiguous US.
  • Limited Quantities: As of this posting, 1 is available at this price.  If you’ve been waiting for a deal on this system, here’s you chance.  Check the product page for current availability and price.

PicoBrew Zymatic (Keg Included)

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Bonsenkitchen Countertop Burner [Induction Brewing]

Bonsenkitchen Smart Touch Sensor Single Electric Countertop Burner 9 Power Level Rapid Heating, Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware, Space Saving Portable Induction Cooktop Burner

Bonsenkitchen Smart Touch Sensor Single Electric Countertop Burner 9 Power Level Rapid Heating, Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware, Space Saving Portable Induction Cooktop Burner

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

  • Maximize Your Kitchen Space: Bonsenkitchen compact induction cooktop which features a small footprint and compact design to easily store when not in use. Space saving size makes it perfect for dorm rooms, boats, RVs, or motor homes where space is limited
  • Portable Lightweight Cooker: The net weight of our single induction plate is 2.2kg which is convenient to carry everywhere. The light weight feature is enough to be easily moved to garden, camping and allows you to put it in table to enjoy hot pot in winter
  • Universal Fit Induction Cooker: Compatible with induction ready cookware, the countertop burner is suitable for CAST IRON, ENAMELED IRON, STAINLESS STEEL which diameter is from 4 to 8.7”(10-22cm). If the cookware is larger than the circular placement guides, the area outside the guides will stop working cause by an inconsistent heating pattern . The auto-pan detection will shut the unit off automatically if without compatible cookware or no cookware is detecte
  • Easy Cleaning Glass Surface: Electronic induction cooktop frees you from struggling with burnt on food that’s hard to remove. Please make cleaning with cooktop cleaner for induction burner until it cool down below 140°F

 

Possible homebrewing uses include: Boiling wort in your compatible brew kettle, getting strike water up to temperature and maintaining mash temperatures.

Bonsenkitchen Smart Touch Sensor Single Electric Countertop Burner 9 Power Level Rapid Heating, Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware, Space Saving Portable Induction Cooktop Burner – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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.

Inkbird IPB-16S Prewired Digital Homebrewing Controller w/Pump Control [RIMS, HERMS & more]

Inkbird 120V 15A 1800W Heating or Cooling PID Temperature Controller, Plug and Play IPB-16S Prewired Digital Home Brewing and Distillation Controller, Independent Control Pump Thermostat with 2 Plugs

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

  • 🙌Plug-n-Play Easy Operation🙌The electric home brewing controller is an all-in-one machine and no more installation is needed. Just plug in and set up the system according to your needs.
  • 🙌Precise Control🙌PID digital controller provides accurate temperature control at the range of -50~125℃/ -58~257℉, and the accuracy of the temperature is ±0.1℃ or ±0.2℉.
  • 🙌Independent Pump Function🙌The Pump Function is special designed for home brewing customers and it can be operated separately, just access your pump and press the “Pump” button when you need it.
  • 🙌Safety🙌The controller with overload protection has adopted high quality metal case and aluminum cooling plate, 6.5′ power cord and 2 prong plugs to ensure the safety of your electrical appliances.

 

Inkbird 120V 15A 1800W Heating or Cooling PID Temperature Controller, Plug and Play IPB-16S Prewired Digital Home Brewing and Distillation Controller, Independent Control Pump Thermostat with 2 Plugs


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Secura 8100MC 1,800 Watt Induction Cooktop Burner [Induction Brewing]

Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black

Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

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

  • 15 power levels from 200-1800 Watts; 15 temperature range from 140 °F to 460 °F.
  • Digital control panel; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage.
  • Built-in count-down digital timer with 1 min increments up to 170 minutes; The auto-pan detection; Equipped with diagnostic error message system, Low and high voltage warning system.
  • REQUIRES INDUCTION COMPATIBLE MAGNETIC COOKWARE. Compatible with Duxtop and other induction ready cookware such as cast aluminum enameled iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron.
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards, 120V 60Hz AC; 2-year warranty; ETL approved.

 

Possible homebrewing uses include: Boiling wort in your compatible brew kettle, getting strike water up to temperature and maintaining mash temperatures.

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

Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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.

Inkbird IPB-16S Prewired Digital Homebrewing Controller w/Pump Control [RIMS, HERMS & more]

Inkbird 120V 15A 1800W Heating or Cooling PID Temperature Controller, Plug and Play IPB-16S Prewired Digital Home Brewing and Distillation Controller, Independent Control Pump Thermostat with 2 Plugs

More Info

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

  • 🙌Plug-n-Play Easy Operation🙌The electric home brewing controller is an all-in-one machine and no more installation is needed. Just plug in and set up the system according to your needs.
  • 🙌Precise Control🙌PID digital controller provides accurate temperature control at the range of -50~125℃/ -58~257℉, and the accuracy of the temperature is ±0.1℃ or ±0.2℉.
  • 🙌Independent Pump Function🙌The Pump Function is special designed for home brewing customers and it can be operated separately, just access your pump and press the “Pump” button when you need it.
  • 🙌Safety🙌The controller with overload protection has adopted high quality metal case and aluminum cooling plate, 6.5′ power cord and 2 prong plugs to ensure the safety of your electrical appliances.

 

Inkbird 120V 15A 1800W Heating or Cooling PID Temperature Controller, Plug and Play IPB-16S Prewired Digital Home Brewing and Distillation Controller, Independent Control Pump Thermostat with 2 Plugs


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Hands on Review: Oliso SmartHub for Small Batch Brewing

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.

Oliso SmartHub for Small Batch Brewing

If you don’t know what a sous vide machine is, that’s forgivable. I’ve only met one person that’s used one. He raved about it so much that I had to investigate it. “Sous vide” is French for “under vacuum”. In sous vide cooking, you vacuum seal your steak (or whatever kind of food) in a bag, then place it in a pot of water that’s controlled to a specific temperature. The sealed bag keeps the meat from getting wet in the cooking water, and lets all the juices stay inside and not dry out. Depending on the “doneness” you want, you set the temperature of the water, throw your pouch in and then it cooks to the exact level you want.

Now getting us back to homebrewing, Oliso has a sous vide cooker that has features that support homebrewing. They combined the temperature control features of a traditional sous vide machine with the high power capability of an induction cooktop. The induction cooktop functions as the base of the machine, and when you set the SmartHub top on it, electrical contacts are made that change the induction top over to a temperature control machine. The tub has a built-in sensor that it uses to monitor the temperature of the liquid and adjust the power level accordingly.


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Convert Blichmann BrewCommander to Wall Mount – $25

Looking to get a wall Mount Blichmann Brew Commander?  Brew Hardware has you covered.  As of this posting, they will do the conversion for $25.  Check Brew Hardware for current pricing and availability.

Brew Commander at Brew Hardware

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