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Old 19-07-2015, 06:03 PM   #11
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Having watched the videos and if money was no object i would choose the Braumeister, no setting your phone timer to start the next step its all done for you, the biggest problem he had with the Grainfather was the pump or strainer getting clogged, was this because he was recirculating it back into the machine instead of pumping it into a FV, if it was then he didn't give the Grainfather a fair review.

Having to pay extra for the Braumeister chiller when you consider the price difference between machines is a bit of a kick in the spuds.
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http://www.home-brew-online.com/equi...-brewery-p1781

This is the other all in one system around. It looks a but plasticky but it could well be a decent unit. I wonder what other members think.
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major difference between the 2 is the sophistication of the controller, the grainfarther controller is a basic temp controller and switches to engage or bypass capable of stepped mashing If the user makes the temp changes in real time. the BM has a more programmable controller which is set up in advance with the mash schedule for steps if desired.

though controllers can be upgraded easily enough, i am looking at a Leal kit controller from Aus, initially designed as an upgrade for the BM Im sure it will work just fine with my Grainfarther..
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I have a grainfather and if money was no object I'd have went for the braimeister instead. I absolutely love my gf tho, for the money it's an absolutely cracking piece of kit I think.
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http://www.home-brew-online.com/equi...-brewery-p1781

This is the other all in one system around. It looks a but plasticky but it could well be a decent unit. I wonder what other members think.
I looked at these a couple of years ago. At the time, I thought I could make something just as good for less.

The only system that's caught my interest is:

http://www.brew-boss.com/default.asp

I even got in touch with them. Shipping costs, VAT x2 plus import duty was the killer.
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must say i enjoyed the videos..when i first started AG i did look at the BM but cost was a big issue...for me space is a big issue so i was tempted..however i decided on a 30 ltr plastic boiler and mashtun..then got a bit carried away and changed to a 70lltr pot and gas burner

i have also accrued a lot of other bits and pieces so have kit hidden all over house and in work at present.

Solution spend 2 grand on a shed to solve storage problem.

can prove an expensive hobby..
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Maybe I should contact BM and see if they want members to do a trial....
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In reference to the pump clogging issue obviously a hop bag would solve the problem but I wonder if there would be a difference with hop cones rather then pellets
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Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it, do it.
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In reference to the pump clogging issue obviously a hop bag would solve the problem but I wonder if there would be a difference with hop cones rather then pellets
Apparently cones are better than pellets but I've had mine block with cones. A cheap muslin bag solves the problem as you say, I've done one brew without a bag and regretted it.
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