Category Archives: Electric Kettles

Hands on Review: Wort Hog Turnkey Electric e-BIAB System + Limited Time Deal

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.

Wort Hog 120V eBIAB System

When it comes to electric Brew In A Bag (eBIAB) systems, there are several choices out there. I’ve tried both 240 Volt and 120 Volt systems. While I love the speed of heating water/wort on the 240V systems, I don’t love the constraints/expense of wiring a 240V plug in a convenient place. The 1500 Watt and 1600 Watt eBIAB units out there are good, but they do lack when it comes to speed of heating strike water or getting a really vigorous boil. The Wort Hog 120V system slides into this niche with the convenience of a 120V system, but using a 2250W Blichmann heating element to give a notable boost.


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System Overview

The Wort Hog Turn Key System via High Gravity Fermentations Supplies uses a Bayou Classic 11-gallon kettle. I’d never seen a Bayou Classic kettle in person before, and I’ll admit I had a pre-conceived opinion of them. I thought of them as “cheap turkey fryers” based on their low price and marketing, but I found my baseless opinion was completely off. This 11-gallon kettle has a super shiny, polished exterior, but most importantly it was made of a very robust thick gauge stainless steel. With high quality, clean welds, this baby is certainly going to live up to wear and tear for a long time, and cleaned up very easily.

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Hands on Review: BrewZilla Robobrew All Grain Brewing System

Note: Since this review was released the Robobrew has been rebranded to the BrewZilla.  Features and specs may be slightly.

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.


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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: Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil Electric Brewery – new updates

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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Hands on Review: Anvil Foundry Brewing System!

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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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Comparing Anvil Foundry Versions

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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DigiBoil Electric Kettles – 9.25 to 17.1 Gallons – Save Up to $45!

We have seen the recently announced Digiboil elsewhere.  The news here is that MoreBeer has announced the availability three models of Digiboil both 35L/9.25 Gallon models and a 65L/17.1 Gallon version.  The 35L is available in both 110v and 220v variations, while the 65L is available in 220 v.  Prices start at just $159.99 and shipping is free to many US addresses.  Check MoreBeer for current price, specs and availability.

Digiboil Electric Kettles at MoreBeer

Save Up to $45!  As of this posting, MoreBeer is discounting most things, sitewide by up to $45 based on your order size.  Some exclusions apply.  Most items bundle with MoreBeer’s Free Shipping.  Under that promo most orders over $59 ship for free.   Check MoreBeer for availability and details.

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BREVO 1,500 Watt Electric Kettle [Starter Wort]

BREVO Double Wall Safe Touch Cordless Electric Glass Kettle with LED Blue Light, 1.7 Liter Capacity 1500 Watt, Fast Boiling, Auto Shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection (Outer Plastic, Inner Glass)

BREVO Double Wall Safe Touch Cordless Electric Glass Kettle with LED Blue Light, 1.7 Liter Capacity 1500 Watt, Fast Boiling, Auto Shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection (Outer Plastic, Inner Glass)

Possible homebrew related applications: boil starter wort, make boiled/sanitized water (and cool) for yeast rehydration and washing.

BREVO Double Wall Safe Touch Cordless Electric Glass Kettle with LED Blue Light, 1.7 Liter Capacity 1500 Watt, Fast Boiling, Auto Shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection (Outer Plastic, Inner Glass)


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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.

BREVO 1,500 Watt Electric Kettle [Starter Wort]

BREVO Double Wall Safe Touch Cordless Electric Glass Kettle with LED Blue Light, 1.7 Liter Capacity 1500 Watt, Fast Boiling, Auto Shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection (Outer Plastic, Inner Glass)

BREVO Double Wall Safe Touch Cordless Electric Glass Kettle with LED Blue Light, 1.7 Liter Capacity 1500 Watt, Fast Boiling, Auto Shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection (Outer Plastic, Inner Glass)

Possible homebrew related applications: boil starter wort, make boiled/sanitized water (and cool) for yeast rehydration and washing.

BREVO Double Wall Safe Touch Cordless Electric Glass Kettle with LED Blue Light, 1.7 Liter Capacity 1500 Watt, Fast Boiling, Auto Shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection (Outer Plastic, Inner Glass)


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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.

1,500 Watt Electric Kettle [Starter Wort]

Electric Kettle - Water Kettle Tea Kettle with 5-Temperature Setting&12-Hour Keep Warm Function, 1.7L(3.8 pint) 1500W, Glass Electric Kettle, Borosilicate Glass Teakettle FDA Approved

Electric Kettle – Water Kettle Tea Kettle with 5-Temperature Setting&12-Hour Keep Warm Function, 1.7L(3.8 pint) 1500W, Glass Electric Kettle, Borosilicate Glass Teakettle FDA Approved

Possible homebrew related applications: boil starter wort, make boiled/sanitized water (and cool) for yeast rehydration and washing.

Electric Kettle – Water Kettle Tea Kettle with 5-Temperature Setting&12-Hour Keep Warm Function, 1.7L(3.8 pint) 1500W, Glass Electric Kettle, Borosilicate Glass Teakettle FDA Approved


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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.

Mueller Austria Electric Kettle Water Heater [Starter Wort]

Mueller Austria Electric Kettle Water Heater ExacTemp Modern Powerful 1500W Rapid Technology, Tea/Coffee Pot-360 Degree Cordless Swivel Base, BPA-Free, and Boil-Dry Protection, Auto Shut-Off

Mueller Austria Electric Kettle Water Heater ExacTemp Modern Powerful 1500W Rapid Technology, Tea/Coffee Pot-360 Degree Cordless Swivel Base, BPA-Free, and Boil-Dry Protection, Auto Shut-Off

Possible homebrew related applications: boil starter wort, make boiled/sanitized water (and cool) for yeast rehydration and washing.

Mueller Austria Electric Kettle Water Heater ExacTemp Modern Powerful 1500W Rapid Technology, Tea/Coffee Pot-360 Degree Cordless Swivel Base, BPA-Free, and Boil-Dry Protection, Auto Shut-Off


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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.

1,500 Watt Electric Kettle [Starter Wort]

Electric Kettle - Water Kettle Tea Kettle with 5-Temperature Setting&12-Hour Keep Warm Function, 1.7L(3.8 pint) 1500W, Glass Electric Kettle, Borosilicate Glass Teakettle FDA Approved

Electric Kettle – Water Kettle Tea Kettle with 5-Temperature Setting&12-Hour Keep Warm Function, 1.7L(3.8 pint) 1500W, Glass Electric Kettle, Borosilicate Glass Teakettle FDA Approved

Possible homebrew related applications: boil starter wort, make boiled/sanitized water (and cool) for yeast rehydration and washing.

Electric Kettle – Water Kettle Tea Kettle with 5-Temperature Setting&12-Hour Keep Warm Function, 1.7L(3.8 pint) 1500W, Glass Electric Kettle, Borosilicate Glass Teakettle FDA Approved


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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.