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BrewZilla All Grain Brewing System With Pump - 65L/17.1G (220V)
AG490A3

BrewZilla All Grain Brewing System With Pump - 65L/17.1G (220V)

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We've seen a lot of all-in-one systems over the years, but none are as feature-packed and affordable as the BrewZilla. While other units simply maintain your set temperature, the BrewZilla features a sophisticated digital controller which can be programmed with a full mash schedule, executing each step automatically. The built-in pump will continuously recirculate wort during the mash for more even heat distribution and higher efficiency, but thanks to the integrated camlock fitting, it has even more functionality. Add the optional whirlpool arm to make your late hop additions pop and speed up chilling time, or connect a camlock fitting and tubing to transfer wort to your fermenter. These are just a couple of reasons why MoreBeer! loves the BrewZilla, but there are so many More!

Our Top 10 Favorite Features:

  1. Sophisticated digital controller capable of programmed mash steps, boil addition timers and delayed start
  2. Built-in pump for constant recirculation during mash or whirlpooling and transferring with optional accessories
  3. Full depth malt pipe for higher mash efficiency and capable of running small batches without a pricey adapter
  4. Multiple power modes to cover each step of the brew day – low power to gently heat your mash up to full power for a rolling boil
  5. Wort chiller included! Perfectly sized for this system and adds even more value to your purchase of the BrewZilla
  6. High capacity brewhouse – with a volume of over 17 gallons, you can fit more grain and more wort to make MoreBeer!
  7. Single wall design doesn't trap in heat – chill your wort quickly after the boil!
  8. Super convenient bottom handle makes lifting/pouring a breeze
  9. Rubber feet keep the boiler lifted off the ground and safely above any spills that may occur
  10. Affordable! This is the best price for an all-in-one brewing system you'll find, period.

Are you looking for an awesome, easy-to-use, single vessel system to brew 10-gallon batches?  The BrewZilla features built-in elements for heating and boiling, programmable mash schedule and delayed start, a built-in pump for recirculation, an onboard water-resistant control panel for setting and monitoring temperatures, a removable grain basket, and a built-in spigot for transferring. The compact design makes this unit easy to store when not in use.  Not brewing 10-gallon batches every brew day? No problem! The BrewZilla works just as well for 5-gallon batches, and with so much power, you'll get your temperatures up even faster.

The V3.1.1 unit features an upgraded main circuit board that changes how the automatic step mashing functions. Now when moving from step to step, the timer for each step will not begin counting down until the programmed temperature is reached. This means more accurate mash schedules than ever before! The new board also introduces boil addition timers so you'll never miss the mark for hop additions.

To get the Wort Chiller Connection Kit for free, add the item to your cart along with the BrewZilla and use code ZILLAKIT at checkout.

New accessory! Check out the BrewZilla Whirlpool Arm, which uses the unit's internal pump to recirculate and spin the wort, improving hop extraction and chill times. No more stirring!

Automatic Step Mashing! 
One of the coolest features of the BrewZilla is the ability to program the unit with up to 6 individual temperatures and durations so you can step mash precisely how you desire. Simply press the "S1-S6" button to select the stage you want to adjust, and use the temp, time and +/- buttons to program the stage. If you have less than 6 stages in your mash schedule, program the stages you want to skip with 00:00 as the time and the controller will automatically move on to the next step. When all the stages are complete, the BrewZilla will sound an alarm and hold the last set temperature.

The programmable stages can also be used to set a delayed start of up to 23 hours in advance so that you can have your water hot and ready to go when you get home from work or wake up in the morning. In order to do this, fill the unit with strike water and program the controller with two steps. Step 1 should be programmed at a temperature lower than the unheated strike water (so the elements will remain off), and the duration should be programmed for however long you want the delay. Then program Step 2 with your desired strike water temperature and a duration of 1-2 hours, giving the BrewZilla ample time to heat up and giving you a margin of error in case you hit the snooze button the morning of brew day.

Recirculating Mash with Full Depth Malt Pipe
The built-in magnetic drive pump easily recirculates wort during the mash. We recommend getting some silicone tubing to go with the recirculation arm. This allows you more control over the recirculation and you can then use the pump to transfer your wort to your fermenter. As with any mash, be sure to stir your grain very thoroughly after mashing-in so you start out with an even temperature throughout the grain bed.

Some competing models advertise their perforated malt pipes as "high flow", but what they don't mention is how this affects efficiency. When recirculating the mash, wort will escape through the side perforations rather than passing through the grain at the bottom-most end of the malt pipe which can lead to lower efficiency. The BrewZilla's malt pipe is designed so that recirculating wort must pass through the entire grain bed before escaping through the false bottom and being pumped over the top of the grain bed again. If you're worried about the flow rate, simply add a pound or two of rice hulls to your grain bill. This is especially recommended when brewing with a high level of wheat, oat, or flaked grains. 

Power & Heating Control
This very capable 15amp brewery has over 3 kilowatts of power so you can get up to boil in no time. 220V outlet required! The BrewZilla has been made with ultra-low watt density elements, which means less caramelization and also makes this unit capable of producing very light beers with very little maillard effect. This is also particularly useful for high gravity beers that can get some degree of scorching in other electric breweries with higher watt density.

Triple heating elements run off of a single 220 volt plug and have individual switches allowing for more control over the heating process. The elements are 2000, 1000 and 500 watts for a combined 3500 watts! Use all three elements when you need to ramp up the temperature quickly, either to quickly get to your mash temp or to rapidly go from your mash temp to boiling. Use only one of the elements when you want to hold a desired temperature.

We highly recommend adding the optional BrewZilla Neoprene Jacket to help reduce heating times and maintain a more vigorous boil. The extra thick neoprene jacket is custom designed to insulate the entire kettle portion of the BrewZilla while staying out of the way of the ball valve and handles. The jacket can help you acheive up to 10% faster heat up times and cut heat loss from the boiler in half.

Built-in magnetic drive pump to easily recirculate the wort during the mash. We recommend getting some silicone tubing to go with the recirculation arm. This allows you more control over the recirculation and you can then use the pump to transfer your wort to your fermenter. As with any mash, be sure to stir your grain very thoroughly after mashing-in so you start out with an even temperature throughout the grain bed.

The digital control panel makes it easy to see the current temperature and set the temperature you want. You can also set a delayed start of up to 23 hours in advance so that you can have your water hot and ready to go when you get home from work or get up in the morning. The digital controller is also water resistant so don't worry about spills or some water dripping down the side. This controller is built for brewing!

The brewery also includes a stainless steel malt pipe with false bottom allowing you to easily shift from mash tun to boil kettle during your brew day. The malt pipe includes a handle to lift it from the BrewZilla and tabs at the base so you can set the malt pipe over the system to let the wort drain out. It also has feet at its base to raise the malt pipe slightly off the base and help prevent clogging.

The included stainless wort chiller is shipped with bare ends so you can set it up for your situation. We list below the most common tubing and fittings to connect to a hose, hose bib, or faucet.

What MoreBeer! loves about this product: Homebrewing is trending in the direction of all-in-one, all-grain brewing systems, but there are few options when it comes to brewing 10-gallon batches. The BrewZilla not only allows for 10-gallon batches, but the cost is half of the next comparable system. We've brewed on all the systems and we can truly say the BrewZilla series is the easiest to use. We feel confident that a lot of first-time brewers could buy this and use it with ease. At the same time, quite a few of our experienced, all-grain brewing staff are buying these units to brew at home. The BrewZilla is considerably compact for a 10-gallon system because the pump is built-in at the bottom of the unit. When not in use, the system can be packed up into a box that is 24" x 24" x 34" tall and moved around with ease, which makes it perfect for guys and gals that have space constraints. All in all a great buy and highly recommended. Please note you will need a few extra pieces of hardware to connect the wort chiller and at least 2' of silicone tubing for the sparge arm.

Use the Pump for More Than Just Recirculation!
One of the surprisingly handy features of the BrewZilla is that the recirculation pipe features a female camlock. This allows you to hook up other accessories and use the unit's pump for more than just recirculating wort. With a male camlock and silicone tubing, for example, you can use the internal pump to push wort through a plate chiller or counterflow chiller. Check out our selection of camlock fittings here.

Features:

  • Gen 3.1.1
  • Stainless steel construction
  • 17.1 gallon total capacity with a finished beer output of 10-12 gallons
  • Digital temperature controller
  • 220V power
  • NEMA 6-30R plug
  • Triple heating elements for total control (2000, 1000 and 500 watts)
  • Stainless steel 1/2 in ball valve for draining (don't have to use the pump)
  • Immersion wort chiller included
  • Stainless steel malt pipe/basket
  • Stamped in volume markers
  • Glass lid
  • Magnetic drive pump for recirculation
  • Recirculation arm
  • Temperature reads in °F or °C (press and hold temp button for several seconds to adjust)
  • Approximately 36" H (with recirculation arm) x 16" D
  • AlcoEngine Still ready with the purchase of a Distillation Lid

You will Need:

  • 2' of H985 1/2" ID Silicone tubing for sparging and draining
  • To connect included Chiller: (20') of D1710 1/2" ID beverage tubing (or whatever length required, (3) H950 hose clamps and (1) brass hose by thread adaptor (H508).

NOTE: Due to the size of this item, it is not eligible for international shipping.

 
 
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Why did you choose this?
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Easy to use, all in one
Chandler Mark H on Aug 4, 2022
So I can brew double batches
MARK C on Jun 17, 2022
Easy to use, all in one
Chandler Mark H on Aug 4, 2022
Because I've suffered 5gal 35L for too long
Carl L on Aug 2, 2022
So I can brew double batches
MARK C on Jun 17, 2022
No more sparging 5 gallon batches!
Eric Hook on Jun 15, 2022
Been brewing for 10 years, ready for the next level
Ryan Fitzpatrick on Jun 14, 2022
user friendly
Lonnie D L on May 27, 2022
Have a friend who has one and want to go electric
Jessie L. M on Apr 23, 2022
Batch Size and cost
RANDY A M on Apr 20, 2022
I did a lot of research and felt this would be the best overall value for my money. I would have waited for the gen 4 but it seemed too far away
Joshua S on Feb 3, 2022
recommended
Kenneth L on Jan 11, 2022
Looking to move from propane to electric.
Curt W on Dec 15, 2021
Size upgrade
price ande to up grade from 11ov
AJ H on Dec 2, 2021
Came recommended
Jason on Dec 1, 2021
Bigger than 35L
Eric K on Nov 23, 2021
I have the 35L and LOVE it, looking forward to doing larger batches
Brett on Nov 3, 2021
High grain capacity with the features I was looking for.
Scott on Oct 22, 2021
only place I could find it
Aaron S on Oct 22, 2021
Batch size vs price
Connor Ray H on Mar 24, 2021
Have the 5gal system. Love it
Bruce A on Mar 10, 2021
wanted a single vessel system to make brew day easier
Ben on Mar 1, 2021
Moving up from using a keggle and going electric
Edward D on Feb 25, 2021
Price was great, product has great reviews!
ROBERT E P on Feb 25, 2021
35L Robobrew works great, but need 220v for more aggressive boil.
David K on Feb 25, 2021
Wanted to upgrade to 10-gallon capacity, didn't want to handle manual transfer of heavy hot liquid.
Austin H on Feb 19, 2021
Great reviews
Matthew A M on Feb 19, 2021
price and size
John B on Feb 13, 2021
Looking at moving brewing inside.
San Dee R on Feb 13, 2021
Because we already have a 35 L
Steve A on Feb 12, 2021
Son wants it for Xmas !
Debbie L on Feb 12, 2021
Trying to cut down brewing day work with a simpler system. Also, want to brew more than 5 gal which is only 2.5 cases of beer; and, will allow kegging and bottling from one fermentation.
Howard K on Dec 5, 2020
My son has one and loves it. I'm tired of doing everything by hand, and this is far easier than the traditional way.
Val Trent on Dec 5, 2020
I wanted to move into a more automated brewing experience
Kirk Lindstrom on Dec 5, 2020
Want to start doing 10gallon batches and priced right
Jimmy M on Dec 5, 2020
Research
Stephen B B on Sep 15, 2020
Best value for money with great reviews
Chris P on Aug 18, 2020
bigger batches
randy l on Aug 13, 2020
It look like it is a good brewing system
Rollin D on Aug 13, 2020
Switching to electric brewing. I want 240v and all the watts i can get. Plan on 5G batches most of the time.
Philip B on Jun 25, 2020
Watched some YouTubes on this unit looks like a great design, and the price was right!
John P on Jun 22, 2020
love my smaller robobrew but want to step it up
Brett H on Jun 15, 2020
Husband has Robobrew and wants to do larger batches
Lynette P on Jun 15, 2020
It's big and bad ass
Michael R on Jun 9, 2020
2 in 1 Functionality to save space, better value and batch size than Grainfather.
Daniel M on May 20, 2020
its size and cost
Joseph Ganhs on Apr 28, 2020
I want the flexibility to brew 5 to 10 gallon batches without having multiple systems. I also want all-in-one to minimize space
Matthew V on Apr 25, 2020
I wanted it
Philip m on Apr 15, 2020
Did my research, looked like a good purchased
Brian H on Mar 30, 2020
Have 35L system and love it.
David Somers on Mar 18, 2020
Have a friend that has one and used it and liked it for the price
Frank on Mar 13, 2020
Because I've suffered 5gal 35L for too long
Carl L on Aug 2, 2022
No more sparging 5 gallon batches!
Eric Hook on Jun 15, 2022
What is the max grain bill?
Jason White on Feb 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: About 16 kg (35 lbs) according to page 9 of the instruction manual
What type of 220V connector does the unit come with?
Du Tran on Jan 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The connector is a NEMA 6-30r
How long is the electrical cord on the unit?
Will Amaya on May 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 4 feet
Can you use this to convert to the proper plug? 14-30P Male 4-Pin Dryer Plug To 6-30R Female 3-Prong Receptacle Outlet Box NEMA Power Cord Adapter/Converter
Brian Herbert on Mar 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is possible to adapt or swap out the plugs or receptacles so that they all match. All of these 220v cords have 3 wires and as long as the hot wires and ground are attached to the correct poles (usually labeled X, Y, and G) then you will have no problem making the swap.
What is the max diameter for a better wort chiller the one that is included isn't very good?
David DePaoli on Jan 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure of the net inside diameter of the vessel, but I've been pretty satisfied with the chiller provided. Two issues I've found and how I dealt with them: (1) it's stainless and not copper, so the heat transfer isn't as good. But, I think this is well countered by creating a whirlpool chiller using the recirculating arm. The built in pump creates plenty of flow to create good movement around the chiller. (2) The in/out bends on the stainless steel make the chiller sit pretty high in the kettle. If you're making 5gal batches (instead of the full 10), only about half of the chiller is in the wort. That's an easy fix, I cut off the bends and added the tubing and claims directly to the new upright ends. Now it sits on the false bottom and the coils barely poke out the top of the wort on 5 gal batches. Works great. Just my thoughts on how to improve performance with the chiller I already paid for.
What size GFCI breaker is required for the brewzilla? Will 30amp suffice in turning all 3 elements on?
Erik Kludasch on May 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I not sure about that I read it was NEMA 6-30R 220V and only 15amps
What is the maximum grain bill recommend for the brewzilla v3?
Ron Harding on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Ron, the recommended max grain bill is 35 lbs.
Does anyone know what type of 2 pole breaker is needed for Brewzilla 65L?
How many amps per pole are needed?
What gauge wire does the outlet require?
Basically, Im looking for the specific electric requirements for use in the USA? You'd think it would come with that specific info, but I couldn't find it anywhere in the package
Andrew LeFaivre on Jun 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Andrew - This specific Robobrew requires 240V. For the information that is requested, we recommend speaking with an electrician.
Could you use 2 of Morebeers Hop Spiders at the same time on this system?
Jason Rister on Apr 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The kettle is absolutely wide enough for the hanging basket style hop spiders. As another answer said there will not be enough space for both spiders and an immersion chiller during a whirlpool.
Is it possible to use a counter flow chiller with this system?
David Ragsdale on Feb 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can. You would need to get hose and hardware to connect to the vertical pump hose (camlock). That would feed the wort into the counterflow chiller and then it you would run another tube/hose from the output back into the top of the brewzilla for recirc. Separately, you would run your cold water threw the cf chiller.
New 220V 65L Brewzilla owner here. Does anyone know if you can plug it in with an adapter to a 50amp outlet? Any direction or resource regarding this would be appreciated.
Ryan Fitzpatrick on Jul 17, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Ryan, From an electrical aspect, are you replacing the 50A breaker with a smaller breaker that is GFCI protected? To be safe, the breaker feeding the Brewzilla is required to be GFCI protected as your dealing with water and electricity at the same time.. If your just removing the breaker and reusing the old wire run, it might be cheaper to replace the 50A outlet, then to buy a plug adapter. It’s just one less thing in the system to fail. I recommend you do not plug this into a 50A 220v outlet.

Rusty
What is the minimum grain bill?
Kevin Sinarle on Jan 22, 2022
BEST ANSWER: I’m not sure what would be the absolute minimum grain bill, but I have been using the Brewzilla 65L to make 5 gallon batches. I’ve also made some 10 gallon batches, but even for a smaller volume this unit heats faster, provides a stronger boil that the smaller robo brew version which I also own. The grain bill I use for a 5 gallon batch is in the 9 to 12 Lb range depending on the type of beer I’m making.
Does this come with a warranty? In the manual it only says if bought in Australia
Corey on Feb 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hello Corey, MoreBeer honors the one year warranty if purchased through us.
What is the minimum grain bill for the 65l/17 gallon robobrew?
Jason Borthwick on Mar 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jason - the 65L BrewZilla doesn't necessarily have a minimum recommended grain bill. However, the minimum volume of liquid that the unit should used with is 10 liters or 2.6 gallons.
The cord sounds a bit short for where I’d have it. Is an extension cord okay for this or is that a no-no (assuming I know not to trip over it)?
HockeyHomeBrew on Aug 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes! I have an extension cord made to specs of the power cord going to an outlet.
What is the warranty & are the electric elements replaceable should they fail in the future?
PAUL ALDRICH on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Paul - We do not carry replacement elements for the unit. However, if they fail, the unit is covered under our warranty - https://www.morebeer.com/content/return
What is the minimum batch size recommended for this set up? Would it be safe to do 6 gal batches in?
Coy Patrick on Apr 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Coy - Take a look at this thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/Homebrewing/comments/98p6yr/robobrew_users_smallest_batch_size/

There shouldn't have a problem doing 6gal batches.
Is it safe to run PBW on the pump?
Nathaniel Y Canson on Mar 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Nathaniel - Yes it's safe to run PBW through the pump.
thinking about upgrading for the power but only gonna brew 5 gallon batches. Anyone brewing 5 gallon batches with this?
Scott Childs on May 29, 2019
Reviews

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Rated 4 out of 5
Brewzilla 65 L good investment
This is a good system. I've been all grain brewing for about 10 years using a cooler and batch sparging. The time and convenience of the type of system is well worth the investment. My only complaint is that I had to adjust my grain crush and make is courser to keep it out of my boil and make draining the grain tube easier. That being said, I will easily choose a little less efficiency for the time and convenience factor.
June 27, 2022
Purchased
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Likes it!
Great machine. 1st time it worked like a dream. Lot’s of adaptations I need to make but that is part of the fun!
Bombzilla. 

Mashing was pretty clean on the first try.  Lots to lear but simple to use.
Bombzilla. Mashing was pretty clean on the first try. Lots to lear but simple to use.
June 26, 2022
Purchased
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
What can I say that hasn't been said already?
Not perfect, but close to it. My only nit is that you cant use the whirlpool arm or the chiller with the lid on.
Pro Tip - get rid of the overflow pipe and plug the hole with a stainless pipe plug.
Pro Tip #2 - Ditch the top mash screen. It settles during the mash, and can compact the grain bed and cause a stuck mash. Once I figured that out I got a beautiful mash without using rice hulls. In all fairness, I'm crushing with an 8-inch roller mill, so the grind is near perfect. That's hard to do with a baby mill.
June 14, 2022
Purchased
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Just ordered and looking forward
Started brewing back in 2000 and quickly went from extract to all grain, with a home made cooler system and then bought a More Beer tippy dump system 1550 in 2004. That system has been modified and upgraded a couple of times and looking forward to the electrical plunge...sort of speak, as plunge would be dangerous around that system. Will update once it is here and used.
February 10, 2022
Rated 4 out of 5
Brewzilla 65L - Post first brew review
I had a couple of issues with my first brew. Recirculation pump stalled a few times and had to blow back to get it freed up. Also the shut off valve failed on first brew the seal on one side slipped and couldn't open or fully close pump valve. I replaced it with a good stainless ball valve that i had from my previous system.
There was also a a lot more grain in the boil after mash out than i would like to see. I will have to try using more rice hulls or put the second screen in bottom of mashtun tube next time. Any ideas on this would be helpful, just don't want to end up with a clogged system when it's time for mashout.
Overall i liked the system and expect my next brew to be a little smoother.
January 31, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
Great system
I had been brewing with a mash and boil. I could only do 2.5 gallon batches of big beers. Gone is my external pump, I love the whirlpool arm. Power? I have the Power! Ramp up from 170 to boil in 20 minutes or less. My brew day time has been cut in half.
December 2, 2021
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Its kind of awesome
I've been brewing all grain beers for a long time. I recently moved across the country and left a lot of my brewing equipment behind so I needed to get a new setup. What I was looking for:
* Electric so I could brew inside
* ease of use
* The ability to brew the occasional high gravity batch (I normally brew 6 gallon batches)

This has exceeded almost all of my requirements.

Pros:
* Much easier than building a RIMs system with open source software
* Is simple. My brewing method already evolved to BIAB to simplify my brew day. The 'everything in one unit' takes that a step further.
* Since I can brew inside next to the laundry sync with no risk of CO poisoning, cleanup is a snap
* The price is excellent for what you get

Cons:
* Even though you can convert temp to Fahrenheit, its still Celsius so some mash temps (153deg F) aren't quite attainable. Frankly, I'm not sure 1 degree makes a difference on the home brew scale
* The instructions are a bit sparse. There is a ton of info available online, but I really would prefer a 1-2 page sheet that covers basic functionality
November 19, 2021
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A great addition to any homebrewery
Overall I found the unit to be well made and easy to use, I would definitely buy it again. I waited to taste my first batch before writing the review so I could see if the end product was as good as what I was making before, and I think it is great.

I do expect it will take me a few batches to dial this in to exactly how to best use it, but at least the first batch tasted good. I made a dry Irish Stout (Guinness) that I've brewed dozens of times, and it involved a protein rest, mash and mashout. I set up the program to delay heating sparge water so that was ready for my cooler in the morning, then I put in the mash water and had it heating while I measured and crushed the grain (I've read a lot about gap spacing and efficiency with this unit, I used a 0.035" gap on conditioned grain and 1 lb of rice hulls for a 10 gal batch). I had also programmed in the first rest, the mash and then the mashout steps. I really like how the unit can be set to time each step after the target temperature is reached.

Mash in: this is where I had my first major problem. I had covered the holes in the side of the malt pipe with some pieces of silicon hose to 4" and secured using the clamps on the side of the unit. As I was pouring in the grain and stirring, I knocked off the top section of the overflow pipe. I found the only way to get it back on was to be able to squeeze the spring clamp while pushing it onto the pipe. I had to lift out the basket, push away the grain and then reach in and do this. Luckily my first rest was at 135 degrees or this might have really hurt. I did order the heavy rubber gloves after this batch in case I ever need to do that again.

Once all the grain was well stirred in (about 15 min), I put on the top screen and started recirculating. My flow rate had to be quite slow to keep from going into the overflow pipe(some claim it's best to run wide open and just flow down the overflow, but I had some grain floating on the top and I didn't want to do that). I have since read that prior to putting on the top screen, it is a good idea to try circulating the wort, and if flow is too slow (mine certainly was) stir the grain some more and throw in rice hulls until flow is where you want it. I think that will help a lot.

I used Brewfather's Brewzilla profile for the 65L to design this batch and getting all the water volumes and chemistry. I was expecting the mash to be quite thin based on these volumes, but actually the mash in the pipe stirred pretty thick to me. During mashing I had on the 500 and 1000 W elements and I noticed the temps fluctuating from 149 to 156 with a set point of 152. I turned off the 500W and the high dropped to 154.

I had no trouble lifting out the malt pipe with 17 lbs of saturated grain, but on a bigger beer, it will be a little tougher. I did a fly sparge and then checked gravity. I expected a high efficiency given the slow flow through the grain bed on sparging, but I actually hit my preboil gravity on the nose. While sparging I had the unit heating up to 205 degrees with all three burners on. When I had finished, the wort was close to a boil, so I raised it to boiling and stirred to prevent boil over.

I used a hop spider to help keep the pump clear of hop debris and boiled for an hour. I have a plate chiller, so I hooked that up to the pump arm to circulate hot wort and sterilize it. Early on the pump was blocked, so I blew softly into the hose and it immediately cleared. It may have been the intake that was clogged, I have heard of using a tea strainer over that area, but I didn't have one in place. I pumped wort through the chiller directly into the fermenters and pitched yeast to finish the job.

I did not find the length of my brew day shortened as much as some excitedly claim, but I did mash for 2 hours and 15 min, so in total I did probably save an hour.

In an unexpected twist, a local brew pub was giving away second runnings which required me to clear out my fermenters a little ahead of schedule. I had hit terminal gravity, but had only been there for a day. I kegged and enjoyed the next day after force carbonating. So 5 days kettle to glass and tasted excellent. I can only imagine how good it will be when I get the unit dialed in and give the yeast all the time they need to clean up after themselves.

I hope this is the last brewing system I ever need to buy.
November 12, 2021
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
You get what you pay for
This unit costs less than most other 220v systems, and you can make beer in it, but there are quite a few shortcomings. The holes in the malt pipe and the false bottom allow particulate to pass through - enough to clog the pump, which I burned up within 2 months of ownership. I don't even use the malt pipe anymore. I bought a Brew Bag and the pulley system. The pump is kind of a joke. It's very underpowered, and the tubes/passageway are small and easily clogged. Transferring the wort to the fermenter while using a plate chiller takes FOREVER. The temperature during mash isn't held stable. I've watched it drop as much as 4-5 degrees during mash, and that's simply unacceptable. That's the point to having a 220v electric system. Also, sometimes I can't enter the temperature I want, like for the strike water. It's an up-and-down-arrow system to set the temp, and it'll run on odd numbers at times. The panel is on the bottom of the unit, and I understand that all the electronics are down there, it's an incredible pain in the rear, even if elevated. You can buy parts to remove the display and extend it so you can wall mount it.

For the positive, add on parts like the jacket and whirlpool arm are very, very affordable.

In the end, even if it's one of the cheapest units on the market, I just find it unacceptable to have to develop or find workaround after workaround for all the shortcomings of this unit. I'd rather pay a couple hundred more and get a unit that works well.

Figure out a way to get the control/display at or near the top of the unit, develop a real false bottom that works well, and upgrade that garbage pump, and we'd be talking about a 4 or 5 star unit.
September 28, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Very easy
Very easy to use. Def need the pulley system though. It also helps to put it on something so you are not on the floor trying to program it. The whirl pool arm def helps too.
First brew was an easy wheat beer and only made a little bit of a mess...
All set up, run through trial "water only" run.
April 7, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago