All in one brewing system buyers guide 2019

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David Heath

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It is time for a buyers guide video series for all in one brewing systems that makes recommendations within the budget, middle and premium markets. This is set out in 3 separate videos that have all been made live at the same time.
The first of these explains my process in what to look for in a system and what to be wary of and also my budget market recommendations.
The second part covers the middle market and the third the premium market recommendations.
Much time and consideration has gone into this guide and I hope it proves useful to you.
As usual, thank you for all your kind support and enthusiasm for my channel.
Please keep your questions, feedback and requests coming but please give me some time to answer, I get a lot of messages and answer them in the order they were sent in, particularly those on Facebook messenger tend to stack up! If you are comfortable then please ask questions within Facebook groups, forums or Youtube, so that others can also either benefit or contribute.
Happy brewing!

 

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That’s a great idea for a video. I think I can say on behalf of the majority of members thank you for all the time and effort you put in :beer1:
 

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Looks a nice bit of kit, I don't need one, having a lower tech approach to brewing but having watched a few of your videos your budget market recommendation looks very good, if I was just starting out, definitely what I'd go for.
 

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Great reviews Dave! You really have explained the options very clearly and make choosing less daunting..
Thanks!
 

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Thanks a lot guys. This was a massive project that ended up over 3 videos instead of one! Then GF totally dropped the ball and that just had to go in!
 

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Good info thanks.

I'm considering moving from BIAB to one of these type of systems, currently torn between the BrewDevil/Hopcat/whatever 50L and the BrewZilla 35L, so am interested in any info showing the pros & cons of each.
 

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Thanks for this @DavidHeath. The Brewzilla 35l looks like just what I’m after. 5 AG brews done using a 33l pot BIAB on a gas stove and I’m struggling to find the time to brew.
Is the 3.1 only available as a pre-order from Oz?
 

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Thanks for this @DavidHeath. The Brewzilla 35l looks like just what I’m after. 5 AG brews done using a 33l pot BIAB on a gas stove and I’m struggling to find the time to brew.
Is the 3.1 only available as a pre-order from Oz?
Hi Ed, The 3.1 should be available in most markets world wide now.
 

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Thank you. I can see them on pre-order on Brewkegtap.
Daft question #2: I assumed these systems would work like BIAB in that the grain would simply be lifted up and drained before boiling. Should one embrace the sparge?
 

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Informative videos with a distinctive style of delivery . I was thinking of building a three pot system but have plumped for a Brewzilla. See how that goes. Those Norwegian systems look good if I get the bug.......and the pound ever recovers.
 

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Thank you. I can see them on pre-order on Brewkegtap.
Daft question #2: I assumed these systems would work like BIAB in that the grain would simply be lifted up and drained before boiling. Should one embrace the sparge?
Yes, pretty much. This are designed so that you can sparge. I would recommend sparging for sure.
 

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Informative videos with a distinctive style of delivery . I was thinking of building a three pot system but have plumped for a Brewzilla. See how that goes. Those Norwegian systems look good if I get the bug.......and the pound ever recovers.
Much appreciated, thank you :) Brewzilla offer great value for money...the Brewtools is also value for money but a lot more money :)
 

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Great content as usual David. I keep telling myself that I need an all-in-one set-up and then I remind myself that I'm brewing great beer already. Then I watch your videos and consider remortgaging my house for a Brewtools setup :laugh8:
 

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Great content as usual David. I keep telling myself that I need an all-in-one set-up and then I remind myself that I'm brewing great beer already. Then I watch your videos and consider remortgaging my house for a Brewtools setup :laugh8:
Many thanks :) Well yes the Brewtools can have that affect on people :)
 

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Yes, pretty much. This are designed so that you can sparge. I would recommend sparging for sure.
I was wondering the same thing myself, in my head it seems you would get better efficiency with a larger volume mash, maybe doing a small sparge at the end , with my current setup it's easier to do full volume mash ( easier to maintain temperature with larger volume, difficult to effectivly sparge bag) so thats what I do, but if I ever got one of these maybe switch to sparging.
If anyone has a good explanation of why sparging is better, I may reintroduce the dunk sparge with current system.
 

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I have been doing full volume mash 30 litre kettle biab, my last brew was a tad large I couldn't get all the water and grain in at once, so left 7l out and did a dunk I added 1l on for losses to the grain bag
 
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