The Dummies' Guide to Brewzilla

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Hi guys n girls.
I was humming n harring which net system I could replace my old GF.
I chuffed this apeared as I was getting bit UNSURE on the elements operating, when etc.
Looking at my brewing area ref. The temps that might effect the mash etc.
Also I like mentioning operating the System with a extension lead🤔 my outlets are ‘trip switched’ so I’m happy with this.
For me with only 3 brain cells operating, I find manual mode (for now not getting myself confused on AUTO) seems nearly similar to my GF, which I got ok with.
So in ‘Dangerous Brian’s’ style I’m going to print a ‘Brian’s guide’ (fools guide)
Of when I operate the elements.
Updrading my old GF would prop cost as much as a Brewzilla.
lesst I can use the GF for HLT.
Thanks for listening to my waffle lol.
Keep safe.
Bri
 

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Hi all, very interesting thread.
I've just done my second All Grain and as much as I enjoy making beer, and usually have sufficient time in which to do it, I do find it really does take a while.
I read a 'how to' guide on here and then bought myself a 15 litre pot to make it in. The guide said it should take about three hours, but start to finish for me was over four hours.
Other than the ability to make larger batches of beer, I'm guessing the appeal of a Brewzilla would be that it will expedite the whole brewing process and make the transition from one stage to another quicker and easier?
I've seen that BrewKeg tap has a Brewzilla 35L Gen3.1.1 bundle for £380 and I'm severely tempted, so any advice on the pros and cons would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hi GaSh65. I am happy to report that as a regular Brewzilla user, the results are good beer and the equipment give you all you need to control the results. However I don't think that you can expect to reduce the time involved. My normal brew day from start of grain milling to end of clean up is about 6 hours. I could reduce this by 30 minutes by milling the day before. I could also reduce it by cutting the boil to 30 minutes (as recommended by David Heath), however the mashing takes the time it takes and the cleanup is important. If you go for the more automated mash cycle of a braumeister (which I have at my other location) then the brew day still takes 6 hours but I can go out and confidently leave the machine to do its full mash cycle in say 2 hours, so the actual attendance is much reduced. The brewzilla requires regular checking of temperature and occasional stirring of the mash, in my experience.

If patience is a virtue then brewzilla must be good for the soul

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Great guide. I have just acquired an unused Brewzilla second hand and am eyeing it nervously. It all looks very different to my 3 vessel propane fired set up. I am just in the stages of planning my maiden beer with the Zilla - I am sure I will have lots of questions before the inaugural brew. First one - aside from temperature calibration and thorough cleaning, is there anything else I need to take care of before I brew e.g calculate dead spaces ?
 
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I have a brewzilla, what have i learned, if you want a mash temp of 65c set it at 68c, when mashing in leave for 10 minutes or so for the grain bed to settle before recirculating, when turning the pump off lift the tube out of the wort open the tap fully then turn the pump off if you leave the pipe in the wort and turn the pump off any grain will be sucked back into the pump, if you close the tap then turn the pump off when you remove the arm wort will flow all down the side, i only use mine in manual mode i just find it easier, it is a great bit of kit and you will get great beer
 
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