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.
Limited Availability Info, Review Continues Below:
- 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.
- Anvil has said that now is the time to purchase a Foundry. They currently have a limited supply and are not confident about it holding up through the holidays.
- Check each retailer for current price, selection, description and availability.
Compare Models, Prices and Availability, Review Continues Below:
- Anvil Foundry Systems and Accessories at MoreBeer
- Anvil Foundry Systems and Accessories at Adventures in Homebrewing
- Anvil Foundry Systems and Accessories at Great Fermentations
- Anvil Foundry Systems and Accessories at Beer & Wine Hobby
- Anvil Foundry Systems and Accessories at Keg Connection
- Anvil Foundry Systems and Accessories at homebrewsupply.com
- Search “Anvil Foundry” at Amazon – offerings vary
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.