Brewzilla 3.1.1

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Just went to order this on Brewkegtap but their price has crept up as the early bird offer expired.

Sadly I'd just managed to save up and have missed my budget point. Snooze you lose.
 
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Have you tried angel home brew? They had a similar deal going last time I checked.
 

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They're better if you need a paddle, which I do to be fair.

I reckon I'm going to hold the pennies now and stick to extract. Maybe save up for a brew monk or something.
 

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They're better if you need a paddle, which I do to be fair.

I reckon I'm going to hold the pennies now and stick to extract. Maybe save up for a brew monk or something.
Was looking at that myself and noticed the deal on the preorder had finished yesterday and Geterbrewed are out of stock on the brewmonk. Have had a nosy on HIFI Tower and they have a fair bit of kit at descent prices.
 

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They're better if you need a paddle, which I do to be fair.

I reckon I'm going to hold the pennies now and stick to extract. Maybe save up for a brew monk or something.
What's the difference between brewmonk, angel brew I thought it was the same unit rebranded
 

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What's the difference between brewmonk, angel brew I thought it was the same unit rebranded
Angel home brew is a website which sells the BrewZilla, I haven’t looked into the brew monk but believe it to be a rebadged klarstein unit. I may be wrong though.
 

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Angel home brew is a website which sells the BrewZilla, I haven’t looked into the brew monk but believe it to be a rebadged klarstein unit. I may be wrong though.
Sorry I meant the brew devil
 

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Sorry I meant the brew devil
The Brewmonk pump tube doubles up as a sight glass but other than that I couldn’t find many differences when I was looking. Went for the BD in the sale as it ended up being about £50 cheaper.
 
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Just realised if i drop the whirlpool arm then it comes in on my budget still. Haven't seen many videos of people using the whirlpool arm so I actually had no idea if I should get one, jut seemed sensible to get the kit at the time, happy days.
 

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Yeah I did order mine last week too, managed to grind together the missing beans and just got it done. Need to save up for some grains so it doesn't become an ornament.
 

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Well got confirmation today that my Brewzilla shall be delivered on Thursday.Looking forward to this for sure.
 

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Well got confirmation today that my Brewzilla shall be delivered on Thursday.Looking forward to this for sure.
I've had mine for about a year, it has its quirks but I honestly haven't looked back.

Keep your eye out on eBay for a 20L tea kettle for heating sparge water. I picked a used one up for about 30 quid (had to change the leaky old tap for a ball lock). Before I had one I would heat my sparge water to almost boiling in the Robo, then transfer it to a fermentation bucket with a towel round it to keep it warm.

Also get yourself some rice hulls and add some to your grain bill. It can be the difference between a 10 minute sparge and a 1.5 hour sparge.

Also get yourself a couple of mesh sink strainers like below. They fit over the central drainage pipe to stop grains going into the bottom and I also bent one into shape to go over the recirculation hole at the bottom to stop the pump getting clogged.
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I got the brewZilla 3.1.1 and for the money it is great. I've done 4 AG brews with it and have a couple of tips.
1. The instruction manual is not updated at the time i placed my order. If you want to boil you need to select the temperature HH.
2. The fine mesh screen increases the chance of a stuck mash / spare. I now don't use it.
3. I blocked the pump twice, once with grain, once with hops. I bet both times user error. It is worth however, using the system off the ground so that you can transfer the wort to the FV via the normal tap in the side.
4. To prevent pump block with gain. Stir the mash carefully, so not to lift the screen at the bottom of the malt pipe. When turning pump off, ensure pipe is not sucking grain from the top of the grain bed.
5. To prevent pump block with hops. Do a whirlpool, when chilling, then left it stand for 15 minutes. I'm 100% amazed on how the false bottom does a great job if you follow this step.

It is just a case of learning your equipment.
 

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Oh and careful on the first clean, around the feet on the malt pipe was some very sharp metal swarf. Could have just been mine, but hurts when your cleaning and you catch some.
 

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I've had mine for about a year, it has its quirks but I honestly haven't looked back.

Keep your eye out on eBay for a 20L tea kettle for heating sparge water. I picked a used one up for about 30 quid (had to change the leaky old tap for a ball lock). Before I had one I would heat my sparge water to almost boiling in the Robo, then transfer it to a fermentation bucket with a towel round it to keep it warm.

Also get yourself some rice hulls and add some to your grain bill. It can be the difference between a 10 minute sparge and a 1.5 hour sparge.

Also get yourself a couple of mesh sink strainers like below. They fit over the central drainage pipe to stop grains going into the bottom and I also bent one into shape to go over the recirculation hole at the bottom to stop the pump getting clogged.View attachment 26911
I have a 30l burco and a 20l boiler converted to a heat exchanger as well as some SS mesh which will be of use. Cheers for the heads up 👍👍
 
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