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  • THE GRAINFATHER CONNECT
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Item #: J09
Our Price: $998.98
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Grainfather Optional Items Include:

  Get the Grainfather with an optional Grainfather Sparge Water Heater, Graincoat, and the Stainless Steel Hop Strainer is FREE.

Graincoat
Sparge Water Heater
FREE Stainless Hop Strainer


The Grainfather is a 110 volt compact self contained RIMS mashing, boiling, and cooling system for mashing 5 gallon batches of beer. What is unique is that no special circuit, plug, or wiring is needed - this runs on any 110 volt 20 amp rated plug with a GFCI.  It features a 6 watt recirculating pump, for the mashing stage, and a separate counter flow wort chiller that you insert into the Grainfather when it is time to cool the 5 gallon batch after the electric powered boil. The boil is handled by a 1600 watt heating element. 

 For the initial mashing stage, you load the Grainfather with crushed grist (up to 18 pounds) per your recipe, set the thermostat to your desired mash temperature, add water, and let it go. Because it is a RIMS system, you can easily do multiple temperature rest mashing if desired - just adjust the temperature upwards with the thermostat whenever you want to go to another temperature rest. In addition the manual thermostat control, the Grainfather Connect Bluetooth control is also included.

After the mash cycle is done, you lift the grain basket partially so you can manually sparge by pouring water over the grain basket into the Grainfather below. You need to heat your own mash water, either by heating 5 gallons or so to boiling with the Grainfather before mashing and storing it in a stainless boiling pot, or heating when it is time to sparge with a separate brew pot on a stove. What we did was heat our sparge water in the Grainfather by getting it to boil in the Grainfather, then transferrring to a stainless boiling pot, and putting a lid on the pot. We then heated the pot briefly on a stove to raise it from 160° F. to the 168° F. needed for sparging,

After manual sparging, the grain basket is removed and you set the 1600 watt electric element to boil. It takes about 60-80 minutes to come to boil depending on ambient temperature. Hops are added mClick Above For the Grainfather Android Appanually during the boil per your recipe plan. 

 When the boil is over, you insert the included counter flow wort chiller to chill the wort which requires an external supply of cold water to run.  Our tests found this counter flow chiller extremely efficient, we chilled a 5 gallon batch of Double IPA to pitching temperature (about 78° F.) in 25 minutes, and only used 20 gallons of 70° F. water. It was so efficient that we just ran the end of the wort pipe from the counterflow directly into our fermenter.

After brewing, you run about 3 gallons of water (ideally saved from the chill) through the GrainFather again with a bit of PBW or other cleaner to clean the pump, lines, and counter flow chiller.
 
The Grainfather comes with a 1 year warranty.  We also offer a 60 day money back guarantee on everything we sell, even if you have used it (although this does not cover return shipping). It is 27" tall with the recirculation tube attached, the cylinder body is 12" in diameter, and 15" in overall diameter when you consider the pump and thermostat.

A Grainfather app which allows you to upload recipes, and times your brew, is available free for Android and iOS. For iOS, go to iTunes and search for Grainfather, for Android, go to Google Play (the Android App has just been updated!). The included Connect Controller includes Bluetooth connectivity.

Important Note: A signature is required upon delivery, so pick a shipping address where someone is available to sign during the week. Ships from warehouses in Washington State or North Carolina depending on delivery address and availability.

For YouTube video resources, click HERE

We highly recommend you read the excellent Grainfather instruction manual before ordering.

Keep in mind the instructions have a mistake - it takes at least an hour to come to a boil with the 110 volt heat element, not 20 minutes like the instructions say (the instructions are based on the 220 volt current of the New Zealand market, not the 110 volt current of the North American market). 

  Click to download the assembly instructions in pdf format.


 

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by mike
on 4/10/2017
from colorado
great piece of equiptment
I decided to go all-grain and did a lot of research. Williams had a good deal on the grainfather package. The only problem I had was the shut off valve was defective. Thomas was wonderful and took care of everything. I've used it 3 times now and could not be happier with my decision.
by Mike
on 4/4/2017
from CA
The Grainfather is AMAZING!
I have been brewing for several years now on a propane system and glad I started there as it helped me to really learn the craft of brewing. However now that I have the Grainfather I am not sure that I would ever go back to a propane system. It is easy to use, gives more control, allows me to brew anytime day or night and is easy clean up. No more taking a giant brew kettle into the shower for me! Everything can be cleaned at my kitchen sink.

If you have the money and are on the edge of buying I would say pull the trigger. Especially through Williams Brewing. They are really on top of their game with great prices and AMAZING customer service. I had one little issue with the system when I received it, The wort chiller connector wasn't the right size, and Bill worked with me in a very quick fashion to get me the right part. Again I can't recommend this system or Williams Brewing enough.
by Shane Murray
on 3/30/2017
from Reno, NV
Grainfather
I've been brewing for over 20 years and I've always used my 3 tier, gravity flow, propane fired all grain system with great results.  I bought a Grainfather through Williams Brewing because I wanted an electric system that I could use indoors.  I only have two GF brews under my belt, but both have come out fantastic!  I love my Grainfather and would buy it again in a heartbeat.  Williams Brewing shipped it out the day I ordered it and it arrived just a few days later--now that's service.
by Bob
on 2/25/2017
from Bremerton, WA
Graet System!
I've been brewing for the last 20 years and all-grain brewing for the last 10 or so.  If nothing else, the ability to brew indoors makes the Grainfather a winner in my book.  The unit was easy to set up and fairly intuitive to use.  I have completed two brews with grain bill up to 16lbs. and hops up to 4 ounces.  I put the hops (pellet) directly into the wort and have not experienced any clogging of the pump.  Volume control is spot on using the Grainfather online calculator and my efficiency is up from my old 3-tier system.  All-in-all, this is a great system and well worth the price!
by Tom
on 1/24/2017
from Florida
Grainfather after 1 year
I started brewing in 1981. I've used buckets, coolers, pots, BIAB on the stove, propane, heat sticks and even an electric turkey fryer. The grainfather is by far the best equipment on which I have brewed. I've been brewing on the grainfather now for a little more than a year. I have found it easy to use and I have more control over the process than any methods previously used to make wort. After a year, the machine is still reliable and going strong. Williams delivered my grainfather quickly and in good condition. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.

I recommend this equipment.
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Bill M
11/2/2016 6:43:06 PM
What is the size of the wort chiller tubing? In other words, what size hose barb fits the wort chiller tubing?
5/16" Interior Diameter
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