- Easily assembled and disassembled
- All in one brewing system
- 304 grade stainless steel
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The Grain Father - All Grain Brewing System (120V)
|Price:||$890.00 + $23.99 shipping|
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|Brand Name||Strange Brew|
|EAN||0759284279625 , 9421025512162|
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The Grain father is your all in one brewing system to make beer from grain. The sleek look, user friendly design, and innovative features, make this your perfect brewing companion for both experienced and beginner all grain brewers. This superior unit includes: 304 grade stainless steel superior body tempered glass lid magnetic drive pump (6 watt, 1800 RPM) pump filter expandable grain basket to suit all sized grain bills, bottom mesh for grain basket built in electric element gauze filter to keep hops and stray grain in the boiler temperature and pump control, recirculation pipe with insulated handle, clips to attach alchemist series pot still setup for distilling 8 US Gal capacity 1600 Watt. Element counter flow wort chiller with copper inner coil 500 g.
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I've brewed maybe 10 batches in it since then.
As others have noted, it's a pretty simple process. Fill it with water, heat that to mash temp, stir in the grain, turn on the recirculation pump, and wait until the mash is finished. Lift out the grain basket and position it over the kettle. Pour in sparge water, wait for it to drain, set aside the basket, and discard the grain. Set the controls to boil, boil the wort, then use the included counter flow chiller to almost-instantly bring the wort down to yeast-pitching temperature.
Cleanup involves running powdered brewer's wash and hot water through the unit, gently scrubbing off any residue, and rinsing well with water. Cleaning the grain basket is a bit more of a nuisance since it comes apart and has to be cleaned inside and out, but isn't bad. You're talking about maybe 20 minutes to do all the cleanup.
If you follow the manual's instructions and take some time to learn about all-grain brewing, you'll get good beer out of The Grainfather on a consistent basis. Skip steps or don't follow them correctly, and you'll find you have issues here and there because of it.
The unit has a built-in scorch protection feature in the form of a thermal cut-off switch that will "pop" and turn off the heating element. To get the brew back on track, you'll have to clear any sediment off the heating element in the bottom of the kettle using a spoon or paddle, then tilt the unit so that you can reset the switch, which is inexplicably located underneath the unit in the very center. There is no visible warning that this has occurred except that you notice your wort temperature consistenly dropping. The switch could be better located and an audio-visual warning (beep, blinking light) would be helpful.
The counter flow wort chiller is amazing to use. When my wort is at a 212F boiling temperature and my tap water is about 57F, the wort coming out of the chiller is about 64-65F. It takes maybe 10-15 minutes to pump all the wort out of the kettle, so you're basically chilling 5 gallons of beer from boiling to 64F in 10-15 minutes. That blows the doors of immersion chillers and other methods I've used.
Generally speaking, from ingredient measuring through the end of cleanup, it takes me about six and a half hours to brew a batch of beer with The Grainfather. Your mileage may vary. That's longer than my extract brews took, and longer than some of my friends with propane based setups take.
The Grainfather folks support the unit well. If you ask questions, you'll generally get an answer within 24 hours.
Although this is not intended to do extract brewing, you COULD use it for that. If you do, I recommend dissolving liquid extract elsewhere before introducing it to the kettle or you'll trip the scorch protection - which is pretty sensitive to liquid malt. The advantages to using this in extract brewing stem from being able to steep your grains in a device that maintains temps well and the amazing counter flow chiller.
The biggest issues I've had with the device involve grain sediment plugging up the pump filter and causing it to have trouble circulating wort or pumping it into the fermenter and accidentally tripping that scorch protection switch (which means tilting the entire unit full of hot wort to reach it). Apart from these complaints, it seems to be a reliable and well-made device.
About a week and a half ago, I was looking at the Braumeister again, but man was I wincing about the price. During my searches, I ran across a couple of youtube videos demo'ing the Grainfather. I went to the grainfather website and read about it and watched their videos.
I then needed to find where to purchase it. I found it on Amazon.com. Amazon was offering 12 months same as cash if purchased using their credit card. A no brainer. I bought it.
I'm 51 years old and have bought a lot of things in my lifetime. With just about everything I've purchased, SOMETHING about the process/product/setup/etc.. has made me say the words "that was a pain in the Azz".
From purchase, to delivery, setup to the actual first brew day, I can honestly say that I never once uttered those words. Everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - about this thing is exceptional.
Please note that I read quite a bit about it before I used it. Like... make sure (in the U.S.) that you're plugged into a 20 amp outlet.
If you are hesitating, but you can afford this thing, and you like to brew - or want to start.. Take my advice and buy this thing.
Just one home brewers opinion.