DetailsThe Grainfather is an all-in-one fully electric, self-contained all-grain system that allows you to mash, sparge, boil and cool.
The Grainfather is designed to declutter your brew cave and put everything you need in one compact package. No need to take your craft outside, with this fully electric system you are safe to brew indoors! The Grainfather system is the perfect brewing companion for both new and experienced All-Grain brewers looking to streamline the brew day experience.
Manufacturer's Instructional Booklet
The Grainfather features:
- 304 grade stainless steel superior body, with 8 US Gal (30 L) capacity
- Expandable grain basket to suit grain bills up to 19.8 lbs (9kg)
- A robust magnetic drive pump (6 watt, 1800 RPM) and wort recirculation pipe with insulated handle, ensuring consistent temperatures throughout the mash and maximising efficiencies
- Pump filter to keep hops and stray grain in the boiler, and your wort clear and bright
- Counterflow Wort Chiller with copper inner coil, cooling your wort to <68°F within 20mins
- Toughened plastic control box and display screen, giving you total temperature and pump control. Dial in the exact temperature for your mash, allowing both step mashing and single temperature mashing with very fast ramp up between steps
- Dual heating element (1600 watt and 600 watt elements) allowing you to switch between heating quickly to a vigorous boil and maintaining a stable temperature
- Tempered glass lid for maximum durability, heating efficiencies and visibility during your brewday
- Top and bottom mesh screens for your grain basket, allowing even distribution of your sparge water and ensuring no grain enters the boiler
- Dimensions: 29" H x 19.1" L x 17.2" W
Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as The Grainfather will ship directly from the manufacturer via FedEx Ground.
- Details & Instructions
5.0 / 5.06 Reviewssolid systemcompact efficient system. a great way to all grain, lightweight and less equipment spacehave been able to use inside, on my deck and in the garage. moving system around very easythe electric heating element does add some time in heating up for mash and boilThe wort chiller/cooling system balances out the overall time for brewing.the sparging is simple and very efficient good temperature control, negligible temperature variation for your mashthe use of a hop spider will keeps sediment down, after 15 batches and no clogging of system. clean up is not to bad overall it was well worth the purchaseSeptember 13, 2016One of my best purchasesThis is one of the best brewing purchases I've made. While I've limited myself to (a max of) 5 gallon batches, this has significantly streamlined my brew day! My brewing efficiency has increased, cleaning is easy, and I no longer need to worry about maintaining temperatures.August 16, 2016Very happy with this machineRecently when I got back into brewing I really wanted to build my own setup. The parts list alone with the same capabilities of this machine (not considering batch size) came in at around $1500. If you don't mind being limited to around 5 gallon batches this is the way to go. It is compact, efficient and relatively cheap. I was concerned about the 1600 watt element being able to get to temp in time and allow a rigorous boil but it does really well. With the brew jacket accessory (see grainfather site) and brewing inside (68DegF) I was able to hit a strike temp of 162F in approx 40 mins and by the time I get done sparging the wort is basically starting to boil. Also another thing that has sold me on this is the ability to convert to a still with the accessory kit they sell separately.November 22, 2016Simply amazingI've been a extract brewer for about ten years but decided that I'd start all-grain brewing in 2016. After extensive research into all the all-grain systems and talking with friends about their systems, I decided to purchase The Grainfather despite no one I knew had one. So far (at end of 2016 year), I've completed about six batches and have never had any problems.
Efficiency is good, parts are durable and pump doesn't clog. Mashing is a breeze. Once I get the temperature, I start pump and walk away. The Grainfather app makes it very easy to time processes and remind of steps such as hop additions or start sparge water heat-up.
The only negative comment would be the maximum grain bill size of about 20lbs but you can offset it by using extract additions to get your gravity up. I would recommend that you use insulation jacket (either from manufacturer or home-made) as it helps the warm-up times.
Overall, this system is amazing. Pieces are easy to breakdown and clean. I've brewed indoors, outdoors, and even near freezing temperature and it holds up. Great product!December 29, 2016Great unit for any level of all grain brewingI have been brewing from extract for about 30 years. While at times I would have some steeped grains for flavor, I never went full bore into all grain brewing. Time and space were a major concern. Last year, my wife was offering to buy me a brew sculpture to get into all grain brewing. I had to put that off as I could not think of a place to store it. Around the same time, I saw the Grainfather. I showed the unit to my wife when we were at the Midwest Supplies last Spring Break and she told me to buy it. I just now took it out over Christmas Break and have started using it. In the last three weekends, I have brewed three batches. I use my old brew kettle and induction cooker to boil my sparge water and I can brew an all grain batch in about the same time it took me to brew an extract batch. While I keep an eye on the process, I don't have to keep a constant eye out for boilovers allowing me to multi task and have my carboy clean and sanitized for collecting my wort and pitching my yeast. Not having crushed my own grains before, my first batch was quite weak, I missed my target by a longshot getting only 1.030 out of batch that should have rendered 1.060 O.G.. Now I have corrected my crush size per the provided instructions, and I am hitting the targets spot on. Now, I will only use my remaining DME for yeast culturing as this thing is so easy to use. It is also super easy to clean up. Did I say I was amazed by the simplicity. This thing is truly AWESOME!January 18, 2017
- Customer Q&A
Browse 7 questions Browse 7 questions and 10 answersI'd like to brew in my garage. How cold can the outside temp be for this to still reach a rolling boil?BEST ANSWER: While the exact conditions will vary, cooler temperatures will challenge the ability of the Grainfather to maintain temperature. If you're working in temperatures cooler than 40 deg F, you may want to consider insulating your Grainfather. This can be done with the Graincoat or with a customized piece of reflective insulation.What is the recommended breaker / fuse amperage for this?BEST ANSWER: The heat stick may not be needed if you have good enough insulation around the Grainfather (I don't use one and feel the heat time is fine, but YMMV!) - it would definitely help speed up the process. A 1300W heat stick would help, but you need to watch your amperage usage - a Grainfather on "high" plus a 1300W heat stick draws ~24 amps or so, so you definitely can't (safely) run them 30amp breaker! If your unit come with 1600 watt heat stick in will pull 28 amps so you would need 35 amps.This is what I run my on. I'm not a master electrical Tech. So I'm not responsible for any damage to you or your equipment
PaulCan you use an extract recipe?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can just watch out for boil over. The grain recipes will cost you less money in the end and be a much better product. If you are just trying to use up your old extracts as you make the shift to all grain, just make sure that you constantly scrape the bottom as the sugars in extracts will be more likely to scorch and potentially cause a boil over situation as they are reconstituted into your wort than through extraction from all-grain. I have been an extract brewer for almost 30 years. When you move over to all grain you will ask yourself why you did not do this sooner and where has this thing been all your life. The main benefit for you may be not having to buy burners, pots and a chiller. This will handle all of that, and in the end you can heat up some PBW to self clean the unit.I can provide a 220v circuit and receptacle. Can I buy an European version and use it with this circuit?BEST ANSWER: Hello Kolin,
Thank you for choosing Midwest Supplies! We do not provide the UK version, so it would probably have to be special ordered direct from grainfather.com I do not believe you can run the UK Grainfather on an American Circuit. We run a frequency of 60 hertz, where as Europe runs 50 hertz if I remember correctly. This would increase the speed of the motor, and could cause other issues. For a more definitive answer I would ask Grain Father direct. They can be reached at email@example.com I hope that this helps!!Is there a 220 volt version for use within the USA?BEST ANSWER: Hi John,
We do not carry the 220 Volt version though it may be available through a different supplier in the US. I'm sorry for any inconvenience.
Cheers!How long does it take to bring 8 gallons of water at room temperature to 180F?BEST ANSWER: It will take about an hour and a half. The US version of The Grainfather's got a 1600w heating element due to compliance requirements with America's 120v standard electrical system, so European models do heat quite a bit faster.During the boil, is there a lid covering the top?BEST ANSWER: We do not recommend covering a kettle during boil since this can result in the accumulation of undesirable volatile compounds in your wort.