Grainfather

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  1. mickyc

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    Has anyone (Happy Brewer?) either used or knows someone who has used the Grainfather system?

    http://www.grainfather.co.uk

    I'm looking to "make the jump" to whole grain brewing and this system seems to do a decent job pretty much in 1 device.

    It's a fair whack at £650 but to be honest not having to get and store loads of kit is appealing (providing it does a decent job)

    The YouTube reviews look pretty good, but nothing like a personal recommendation.
     
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    @mickyc just read it looks like a grate bit of kit £650 :Eeek: I haven't done a brew for sometime now but that certainly looks like it will take a lot of the work out of it
    bill
     
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    That's what I'm thinking Bill.

    I'll be buying all my kit from scratch - so the price of this would be offset by not having to get separate stuff. It obviously takes up a lot less space to (and gets me out of the kitchen)

    A YouTube review here (it's a bit long but does a good job of explaining the kit)



    I suppose if I don't get on with it I could sell it on (none on the second hand market at moment)

    Cheers

    Mick
     
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    It does look a good bit of kit and the price is reasonable for what you get - expensive but fair I think. You can do it with an insulated cool box fitted with a tap but maintaining the correct temperature is fiddly.

    I also see they do an extra which turns it into a still!

    Thanks for posting, I hadn't heard of it.
     
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    Just noticed there is a link to a forum on their website. A quick glance seems to find a number of posts about problems.
     
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    ...actually ;)
    Can anyone recommend a complete beginners starter kit?
    • I have no experience
    • I have no kit (at all, not even empty bottles!)
    • I like beer & lager
    Preferably an all in one - not too expensive,
    - in case I can't be bothered so I can dump the gear, or
    - in case I love it so I can dump that gear and go all high tech :LOL:.
     
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    And what would the payback scale be on that....1000 pints....1500 pints....2000 pints

    A bit like an LPG conversion on a large petrol engine.... Can take years to pay for itself.
     
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    A 500ml bottle of Spitfire is £1.25 at Tesco
    ...so a perfectly reasonable 500 pints, more or less...
    :sneaky:
    but since when did we buy fun gadgets & toys purely on an economic basis?
    :D
     
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    If you look at sites such as http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Woodfordes_Wherry_Beer_Kit.html#.VhImn0pHmrU you can get a decent starter kit (fermentation bin, pressure barrel, hydrometer, syphon - and of course the beer kit)

    Choose a beer kit that does not require additional sugar for the fermentation process (kits have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years) you'll be surprised how good the quality actually is.

    With kits, clean and sterilised equipment (and constant temp) are the key to good results.You can be up and running for about £100 including your first beer kit.

    Missing the point slightly Pappajohn, like most hobbies it's hard to judge "payback". Home brewing from grain is more about being creative, designing your own beers, etc

    I've got over £3k's worth of camera gear, what's the payback on that? (Never, the chances of me selling a photo are somewhere between nil and nowt) but I love the "hobby"

    The Grainfather, just makes the brewing from grain process "less hassle" as it's an all in 1 brewing system - the payback is the enjoyment of the hobby (and of course hopefully the enjoyment of the end product!)
     
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