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Old 04-14-2017, 12:02 PM
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Getting back into home brewing and wanting to up my game to all grain brewing. From some initial research, appearances are that the Grainfather would be a good purchase option. Any one have any thoughts to contrary? Thanks. Mark
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:25 PM
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It's a great option if space is an issue and cost is not. There are a few in the club with dozens of batches on GF that can give plenty of pointers. Or go up to Stubbies and see it in action. They are always brewing something on one
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:28 PM
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Thanks for the input.
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:50 PM
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I love my grainfather. Was able to get an allgrain batch done in 3.5 hours start to finish last weekend due to the ability to have preheated water.

There is a "kock off" by brewers edge called the mash and boil. Slightly less capacity than the GF, has no chiller or pump, but it is $299. May be worth looking at, however, i have not seen one in action.
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Old 04-14-2017, 02:33 PM
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Thanks. Money not an issue. Just looking for best all grain equipment choice available for doing batches of 3-5 gallons.
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:06 PM
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I would watch a few people brew and then decide. I should be starting up my lager schedule in the next few weeks, I'll give you a heads up when I brew.
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most excellent -- thanks
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I would watch a few people brew and then decide. I should be starting up my lager schedule in the next few weeks, I'll give you a heads up when I brew.
We need to coordinate a brew together.... Its close enough you know.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:36 PM
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We need to coordinate a brew together.... Its close enough you know.
We keep saying that, we NEED to do it. It's not like you couldn't walk over
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grainfather is good if you don't have any equipment and know you are going to stay in brewing. I love having a counterflow chiller & not having to run to get propane. It's nice to be able to hit the mash temp without stressing. The cons are it taking longer to reach a boil & the app could be better.
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