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Old 02-01-2017, 11:19 PM   #131
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I've been making wort using a Braumeister (20L) for some time now. Personally, I think they are a little over priced. Having said that, they are fantastic. There's no serious competition out there, yet. So I don't see much in terms of price reductions, unfortunately. I came from extract then BIAB. The grainfather would have been very welcome had I not coughed up for a Braumeister. At the end of the day, we get what we pay for and make do with it.
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Watched the reviews til I got blue in the face...
So parted with my dosh for Grainfather..
TBH I'm chuffed I bought it! No matter the cost...a few brews under my belt and being one handed it's a god send tbh!!
Like you say we get what you pay for...
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Too right!
Watched the reviews til I got blue in the face...
So parted with my dosh for Grainfather..
TBH I'm chuffed I bought it! No matter the cost...a few brews under my belt and being one handed it's a god send tbh!!
Like you say we get what you pay for...
Likewise. Wanted to do AG and looked at a lot of reviews. Saw nothing but good things about the GF so I went for it. No regrets.
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I may be looking at one of these next year, but have one problem. It will be set up in my garage which does not have a water supply. How do I cool the wort? I could move it to the FV and take that inside and cool in the sink.
Run the hose from your garden or from inside your house via an adaptor that fits a hose fitting on any tap
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I've now watched a few grain father videos on youtube and have not yet seen one that shows how the hops are filtered from the final wort. Can anyone tell me?

The bulldog brewer uses the grain basket as a hop spider during the boil.

Of the two I think the pump in the grainfather is better and the gf chiller only takes 5-10 minutes compared to I think it was 20 mins + for the immersion chiller of the bb. I might just pay the extra for the gf.

So the only other question is whether the new control box is worth the extra money?
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I've now watched a few grain father videos on youtube and have not yet seen one that shows how the hops are filtered from the final wort. Can anyone tell me?

The bulldog brewer uses the grain basket as a hop spider during the boil.

Of the two I think the pump in the grainfather is better and the gf chiller only takes 5-10 minutes compared to I think it was 20 mins + for the immersion chiller of the bb. I might just pay the extra for the gf.

So the only other question is whether the new control box is worth the extra money?
With the grainfather I think people whirlpool or use muslin bags or hop spiders, as for the bulldog I'd watch the blundering brewers video as a good rolling boil with the basket in causes the hot liquor to spit up out the centre pipe.
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I've now watched a few grain father videos on youtube and have not yet seen one that shows how the hops are filtered from the final wort. Can anyone tell me?

The bulldog brewer uses the grain basket as a hop spider during the boil.

Of the two I think the pump in the grainfather is better and the gf chiller only takes 5-10 minutes compared to I think it was 20 mins + for the immersion chiller of the bb. I might just pay the extra for the gf.

So the only other question is whether the new control box is worth the extra money?
You could use the grain basket in the GF too, but I think you'll increase the chance of scorching on the bottom where the concealed heating element is. That in turn can cause over heating and the thermal switch can trip.
That could go for the Bulldog too.
When you boil you use a paddle to drag across the base so this does not happen.

If I was you and planned to go cheaper, then those ones on ebay look a better setup.
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You could use the grain basket in the GF too, but I think you'll increase the chance of scorching on the bottom where the concealed heating element is. That in turn can cause over heating and the thermal switch can trip.
That could go for the Bulldog too.
When you boil you use a paddle to drag across the base so this does not happen.

If I was you and planned to go cheaper, then those ones on ebay look a better setup.
Since my post I've found out the grainfather has a gauze filter for hops on the inside of the tap.
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Bulldog Brewer 6 brew update.

I've now got through 6 brewdays - a milk stout, a saison, an export india porter, three DIY Dog recipes (Alpha Dog, Moshi Moshi '15 & Albino Squid Assassin) and a variant on the Greg Hughes American wheat beer (added an ounce of cascade at 10 minutes and as a dry hop addition). I'm still well pleased with the purchase, the unit is functioning well and the beer has all been a giant leap forward from kit and then extract. It hasn't been without hitches - I've made mistakes (forgetting to put the bazooka filter on, for example), and there was an issue with the design of the grain basket handle which led to the handle falling off and the basket falling and getting damaged. However, Hambleton Bard were fantastic and sent out a replacement basket and handle that had a number of refinements over the original design. Great customer service and a pleasure to deal with, well played HB.

I've never seen a Grainfather in the flesh so I still can't say which is the better unit, though I'd hazard a guess that the GF is higher quality, but I have no complaints about the Bulldog Brewer. The price is still great, the only comparable unit I've seen for a similar price is this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271687277467 but it doesn't come with a wort chiller and only seems to be available through ebay which I always approach with trepidation. Bottom line - would I buy this again? Yes, definitely.
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Likewise. Wanted to do AG and looked at a lot of reviews. Saw nothing but good things about the GF so I went for it. No regrets.
Even today when I wasn't 100% functioning....ok I lied 75% (so the specialist told me at the hossy!)
Once again the Gf is an awesome piece of kit...
I might do a review, in the view with a one handed person..and the trouble may crop up!!
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The Grainfather has always been my dream bit of kit but I've just never been able to justify the cost of it to myself (never mind to the wife).
So the new micro breweries like the Ace and Klarstein at half the price of the Grainfather really got me interested. Unfortunately, after comparing the pros and cons of both systems I got a little too interested and yesterday after getting a really good deal I ordered ............. the Grainfather. Whoops!

The Ace has some plus points, obviously it's price, the handles on the unit and lid and also it has a tap. But what really sold me on the Grainfather were
It's already a proven and popular machine
Reports of very good after sales
The excellent counter flow chiller (would cost over �£100 itself)
The new controller and app
And quite important the community

I've ordered it without the new controller for now but will probably add it at a later date to ease the cash flow.

Now I just need to figure out what to tell SWMBO !
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