Kamgator wrote:I know it is not as robust as some of the systems out there but the price at OBK is quite alluring. Been sitting in my checkout for 24hrs. Anyone here have one? Seen one used? Been researching this to death for the past 24hrs. I REALLY wanted a Blichman Breweasy but that doesn't look practical now and the Braumeister looks fantastic but a HUGE premium to the Grainfather, as is anything Blichman. Just concerned it may be a piece of junk.
Read the new brew rig thread. It was bellybusters new biab rig and seems to have worked quite well for him.
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Kamgator wrote:So I did pull the trigger on the Grainfather and it is an interesting bit of kit. Four brews in now, working through optimizing grain crush but otherwise has produced some very nice beers, still involved in the brewing process (not like a Picobrew) but can get other things done while I brew (I work in my home office so can work AND brew).
Nice!! I work away from home, brewing is few and far between in the summer.
Glad you like your grandfather, it is a pretty cool system.
Reignman wrote:How is the boil? Some people say it isn't vigorous enough.
I had the same concern before I took the plunge and spent some time researching it (two good Facebook groups - one global and one North American only) to try and determine if it is an issue. It certainly does not compare to a gas burner boil but it definitely gets to a "rolling boil" and concentrates the wort nicely, it gets the job done. I've not had any boil related issues, only finding the "sweet spot" for grain crush - similiar to a BIAB crush rather than 3V type crush.
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