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The Grainfather Connect

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The Grainfather Connect

SKU: 42167

The Grainfather allows you to mash, sparge, boil and cool, all in the one fully electric, self contained system.

Now includes the Connect Controller. You can take direct control of the Grainfather with your iPhone or Android using bluetooth. Use the Connect Control Box in conjunction with the Connect App for the ultimate brewing experience.

The Grainfather is an all-in-one All-Grain brewing system 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 brewday experience.

Manufacturer's Instructional Booklet

Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as The Grainfather will ship directly from the manufacturer via FedEx Ground.
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The Grainfather features:

  • Full Five Gallon Batch Capacity
  • 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


New Connect Controller Details:

Automation without removing the fun of brewing, be as involved as you want to be! More automation means you can multitask or simply relax while brewing and then be alerted when to return for your next step.
Use the Connect Control Box in conjunction with the Connect App for the ultimate brewing experience.

Connect Controller Instructions

Control Box Features:
  • Bluetooth connection to your mobile device so it can be controlled remotely
  • PID algorithm works in conjunction with a triac for more stable heating and so you can control power output
  • Programmable step mashing
  • Delayed heating - fill your Grainfather with water the night before and wake up to your water at strike temperature ready for brewing straight away
  • Change between celsius and fahrenheit easily
  • Waterproof graphic display
  • Lugs at rear which can be changed to suit any Grainfather currently on the market
  • Use in manual mode or with app

App Features:
  • Grainfather Grain Kit recipes provided in app
  • Import Beer XML files
  • Set your own boil temperature (for different altitudes)
  • Change between celsius and fahrenheit easily
  • Grainfather calculators provided in app

NOTE: Required Specifications for the App are:
iPhone/iPad
  • Hardware: iPhone 4S or higher
  • Software: iOS8 or higher??. Must have Bluetooth 4.0 or higher
Android
  • Hardware: Android 4.3 (API Level 18) or higher
  • Software: Must have Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)/Bluetooth Smart

Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as The Grainfather will ship directly from the manufacturer via FedEx Ground.
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Makes all-grain brewing much less intimidating for extract brewers
I’m going to give this a five star review, even though I would consider it a partial review at this point.

What’s not to like about this? As somebody who has only done extract brews, this made the daunting task of all grain brewing elegantly simple. Create the recipe online, import it to your phone and connect via Bluetooth to the Grainfather. The name of the recipe pops up and shows you how much water to add. Since it continues to heat as needed during the mash you don’t need to worry about heating your strike water well above the mash temp. As long as you’re adding the grain slowly you don’t really see the temperature drop. You recirculate the mash for the entire hour with the pump, and I imagine that helps the mash efficiency. Can’t say I’ve tried to do it without the pump though.

After two brews, I think the calculation for how much water to sparge with is a bit off. I’ve ended up with slightly too much beer after a one hour boil twice now. It’s an easy thing to adjust, and probably something everybody needs to track and adjust on their own anyways. Unfortunately, on my first brew I learned about the importance of grain crush. I bought all my grains from my local shady brew store and even to my amateur eye they didn’t look crushed well enough. Sure enough my sparge water just shot through as I added it. This is maybe something you could get away with if you do a batch sparge in a cooler with a false bottom like my dad does, but it simply won’t work with the grainfather. For my most recent recipe I ordered my grains from Midwest. The fly sparge was picture perfect and I ended up with a 78% mash efficiency. Perfect.

And now, the only bit of criticism I have. The first time I used the grainfather and got to the point where I needed to pump through the chiller to my fermenter, the pump got clogged and I couldn’t get it working again. I ended up having to dig my immersion chiller out of a closet, sanitize, and get it into action quick. Then I had to get some friends to help me pick the whole unit up and pour it into the fermenter since there’s no bottom spigot. Not fun. With a little google research I found the problem is a ball check valve on the pump discharge. It’s essentially an anti-lawsuit device to prevent you from activating the pump when the recirculating arm or chiller isn’t attached, and spewing hot wort into the air. Get some channel locks and remove the ball and spring. If you don’t you’ll find a single grain husk keeping it from functioning like I did. According to the forums everybody removes this. Just keep the ball valve closed when you’re not pumping anything and you’ll be fine.

My second try everything went perfectly. I did buy a hop spider to further reduce my chances of plugging anything. They say it’s not necessary, but it sure makes the cleanup easier. Speaking of which, cleaning up afterwards is a breeze. Add water, heat to 131 F, add PBW and circulate. Do a bit of scrubbing when it’s done.

Overall I’m very happy with my purchase. Two brews in and all grain brewing just isn’t intimidating to me anymore. I feel much more confidant to start making my own recipes and playing with mash conditions knowing I have the controls in place to make some great beer.
October 15, 2017
Purchased
3 months ago
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It says all in one but are there any other supplies needed? If so, can you provide a comprehensive list?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Recommended Items:
Hop Spider ( this is a fool proof method to prevent pump from gumming up with hops )
Mash Paddle of some sort ( I got a 24 inch stainless steel whisk off amazon )
Thermometer - People usually buy a thrumometer to make sure wort is at optimal temp coming out of counter flow chiller.
PBW
Star San

Things to think about
Do you have a standard faucet or hose outlet ? Otherwise if you do not, you may need to find another way to recirculate water through the counter flow chiller. I've seen people go as far as a submersible pump in a bucket of ice combo.

A way to introduce oxygen. This can be either a oxygen tank/fish tank pump with O2 stone or you can be cheap and shake your fermentation vessel or just let your hose hang high above your fermentation vessel allowing the wort to splash as it goes into fermentation vessel

Do you have a fermentation vessel?

If its hot in your area, do you have a fermentation chamber or some way to control temp? Or if you have a cool basement that works too.

Do you have a tool to measure Specific Gravity? People usually use a refractometer or hydrometer.

That's about all i can think of. Happy Brewing
Is this easy to setup?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mostly. The false bottom with its edge gasket is a bit difficult to get in. Once you get it right once you can do it easily every time afterwards, which you may need to do to clean it well. Excluding that part it took maybe 30 minutes? It was very easy.

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