Mash & Boil
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I bought the Brewer's Edge to try and cut back on my brew times with a smaller footprint. I have brewed with it twice and it works as advertised and holds temperatures well. I use a pump to re-circulate my mash and then pump through a plate chiller after the boil. For a fraction of the cost of a grain father it can't be beat .
I am cleaning just a fraction of what I am used to and have cut my brew times to under 4 hours.
$500 less than grainfather.
Easy to use
No recirculation pump for sparging.
Only holds 16# of grain so no big beers at 5 gallons of volume
Holds temp spot on if you stir brew every once in a while. Very important while cooling after boil. (the temp sensor is on the bottom of the pot. No issues encountered in two brews. I like it very satisfied a replacement lid that made it a pot still would be epic.
Shipping was fast
I am just getting into all grain brewing and decided to give this a try, and I am glad I did. Just set the temps for mashing and boiling and it holds the temps where they need to be. It takes about 3 hours to complete your all grain wort and about an hour and a half for extract brewing with adding hot water to mash & boil tun. I would buy this again especially when you compare the price to the $900 grain father.
Pretty hard, because the Mash & Boil shuts off after 3½ hours and has a maximum run time of 4 hours before you have to reset the timer. So we would say no, this would be not be practical.
Yes you can do this, and it will be a bit more efficient. If you mix your mash with say 3 gallons of mash water for 8 pounds of grain, it will be a bit dry at the start, but just open the valve and pour a half gallon from the bottom on top of the mash and stir before starting the mash. We have found it also helps after a half hour to again pour a half gallon or so from the bottom, and then pour it in the top and stir.
err4 is the thermostat telling you the unit is dry which turns off the element to prevent element damage. This err4 can also be triggered by stirring in malt extract to the unit, and having the syrup cover the thermostat which will trigger the error. Also, if organic matter or a grain bag is resting on the thermostat, this error might occur. To clear the error and get back to brewing, eliminate the dry condition or remove the obstruction from above the thermostat and press the reset button on the bottom of the unit.
No we do not, we are working on various studies, such how the thickness of the mash affects efficiency. What we have found to date is that very thick mashes seem to be efficient that more liquid ones. For example, we have mashed 16 pounds of malt two ways. The first time, we used 6 gallons of strike water and 2 gallons of sparge water and ended up with a 5 gallon batch with a starting gravity of 1.072. The next time, we brewed the same batch, only using 5 gallons of strike water but 3 gallons of sparge water. We ended up with a starting gravity of 1.084. We are continuing research on this!