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Electric Countertop Brew Systems

We live in a technologically driven world where advances in automation replace labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks in just about every industry. The homebrewing hobby is no different, as new gadgets and equipment have come out to make brewing easier, more precise, and more repeatable. It’s a trend we’ve seen for some time, but in the past decade it has taken a giant leap. 

There may be no group of products that illustrate this better than electric countertop, all-in-one homebrewing systems. Like a coffee pot or toaster oven, these systems are becoming commonplace on homebrewers’ kitchen counters or brew room tables. And it is easy to see why. They offer the same benefits of other methods of all-grain or extract brewing, just more conveniently in a single vessel, and with a smaller footprint. 

Depending on the system, homebrewers can still be as involved in the process as they are on more traditional systems, or they can take a more hands-off approach and let the equipment do much of the work for them. With more than two dozen options available, homebrewers can determine what they hope to accomplish with an all-in-one system (which will most often perform a mash and boil, and in some cases cool, ferment, and even act as a serving vessel prior to self-cleaning) and choose one that meets their needs.

For the most part, these systems operate using a brew-in-a-bag/basket (BIAB) technique. The exact process recommended by the manufacturer can be found on their websites, but I’ll give you a brief how-to in general terms (note that a few systems on this list are unique in how they create wort, and more details about the process those use is included in their specific write-ups on the following pages). To start the all-grain brew day, water is poured into the system and heated to a set temperature via electric heating elements. In a grain basket or bag the crushed grains are added when strike temperature is reached and the mash takes place as normal. Some systems include a pump to recirculate the wort, while others require mixing the mash by hand. Once the mash is complete the basket or bag is lifted (generally to rest on hooks while it drains), rinsed, and then removed — leaving the wort behind. The temperature is then programmed to boil and the boil proceeds as it would in any kettle. Post-boil is where there is more deviation in how the systems operate, as some include a way to chill the wort prior to being pumped or racked to a fermenter. Then there are some that don’t even need to be transferred as fermentation takes place in the system. We’ll get into those differences with each system.

Our extract brewing readership can have fun with these systems too. While they are often marketed toward all-grain brewing, most of these systems can be used in the same way an electric kettle would be. There are also a couple of systems specifically made for the extract-brewing crowd.

With that, let’s dive into what makes these systems unique. We’ve also put together a chart comparing some of the most popular features side-by-side at the end of this article.

AIO

The AIO from Delta Brewing has a 10-gallon (38-L) total capacity with a recommended grain capacity of 7.5–18 lbs. (3.9–8.2 kg) to brew batches up to 6 gallons (23 L). The system includes a programmable controller with adjustable temperatures, timers, and alarms to alert the brewer when the next step should be taken, such as hop additions and transfers. The variable wattage heating elements go up to 1800W/110V. AIO comes with a magnetic drive pump for recirculation and a domed glass lid with a detachable circulation arm for regulating temperature during mashing. The grain basket is removable for sparging and cleaning. 304 stainless steel accessories, which all come standard, include a whirlpool arm, immersion chilling coil, hop spider, and mash paddle. The unit also comes with an insulation jacket to help maintain constant temperatures.

The AIO’s heating unit takes about 32 minutes to raise the mash from 70 °F up to 152 °F (21 to 67 °C). It takes less than 40 minutes to get from mashing temperature up to boiling temperature. 

Max Batch Size: 6 gal. (23 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 110V
www.deltabrewingsystems.com/products/all-in-one

BeerDroid

The BeerDroid from BrewArt is essentially a temperature-controlled fermentation vessel for extract brewing that also dispenses the finished beer. Brewing 2.6-gallon (10-L) batches, the BeerDroid is
WiFi-enabled for firmware upgrades and their BrewArt App allows you to monitor and control the BeerDroid wherever you are. The machine features a no-thread tap system to allow for easy cleaning. The unit uses a quiet compressor for temperature control during fermentation and a backlit LCD screen that indicates what is happening inside.

The brewing process does not require mashing, lautering, or boiling, so your brew day is fast with minimal cleanup and minimal intervention. You can use one of their pre-packed BrewPrint recipe packs, or create custom recipes on their website. After the beer has completed fermentation you can bottle or keg the beer straight out of the BeerDroid tap. Or, if you purchase it separately, the beer can be transferred to the BrewFlow, a temperature-controlled dispensing system that will allow the beer to never be introduced to oxygen until it is poured. Instructional videos for using the BeerDroid and BrewFlow are available on the BrewArt website.

Max Batch Size: 2.6 gal. (10 L)
Recipe Type: Extract
Power: 110V or 240V
store.brewart.com/beerdroid

BEERMKR

BEERMKR mashes, ferments, and comes with a BEER TAP that carbonates and serves your homebrew from a plastic pouch. The system produces about 1.2 gallons (4.4 L) of beer per batch. BEERMKR has an array of heating/cooling elements and sensors to ensure precise temperature control down to lagering temperatures with +/- 0.5 °F (0.3 °C) accuracy. Since it is Wi-Fi enabled, the brewer can track progress on the BEERMKR app, which sends notifications for each next step.

Unique to this system is the boil step is replaced with a 24-hour mash, where hop bitterness comes from Steam Hops that have been pre-boiled to match the flavor profile and bitterness of 15/30/60-minute boil additions. After mashing grains in the brew basket, all of the action takes place in an impermeable plastic bag with ports at the top and bottom for wort to enter and for yeast and trub to settle out. The bag is then moved to the BEER TAP for carbonation using a CO2 canister. Chilling the beer to serving temperatures requires moving the BEER TAP to a refrigerator and it is then served via a cobra-style tap. All of the parts that come into contact with the beer/grains are dishwasher safe.

The BEERMKR store has a handful of recipe kits (and the first is included with the system).

Max Batch Size: 1.2 gal. (4.4 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain
Power: 100–240V
www.beermkr.com

Braumeister

First released in 2003, Braumeister is one of the original countertop all-in-one mash/boil systems. The team at Speidel has made improvements along the way, including brand new features in their latest iteration released earlier this year. Coming in three sizes to meet any homebrewer’s needs, the Braumeister features an automatic step mash controlled over Wi-Fi. Its control panel has a 5-inch (12.5-cm) LED touchscreen with mirrorless view that is impervious to water contact. It allows for easy recipe selection, as well as a memory bank to store recipes for future brews. 

Some of the newest features include a welded on double jacket that can be used to cool the wort after boil. Another new optional feature is a lid with clamping ring that allows fermentation to take place in the Braumeister (if you go this route, the temperature can also be controlled with the welded double jacket as well). The temperature sensor has also been moved from the bottom of the unit and installed in the center tie rod to get a more accurate reading. It now also has Bluetooth capability to work with the Tilt Hydrometer, a timer function for delayed starts to your brew day, and the ability to change brewing settings such as time and temperature after beginning.

Max Batch Size: 2.6 gal. (10 L),  5.2 gal. (20 L), 13.2 gal. (50 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 230V
www.speidels-braumeister.de/en/braumeister.html

Brew-Boss

Coming in 15- and 20-gallon (57- and 76-L) pot options, the Brew-Boss system comes with a Wi-Fi enabled controller that connects to the Brew-Boss app where brewing steps can be modified by the user in manual mode. If less control is desired it can be programmed to automatic mode. The controller interacts with the electric heating element, a high-temperature circulation pump, and an optional automatic hopping device called the Hops Boss® and optional kettle filler called the Accu-Fill®. 

The most unique feature is the patent-pending COFI (center out forced infusion) filter in which water/wort is continuously pumped from the bottom of the kettle during the mash and through a central infusion tube, where it is forced outward in all directions through the grain bed to assure the grain is in constant contact with the mash liquid. When the mash is over the filter is lifted and the grain gets squeezed to extract the liquid before boiling begins using the 5500W heating element.

Entirely stainless steel, the kettle is custom designed and equipped with TIG welded tri-clamp type ferrules for the heater and valve. Brew-Boss has both an Android and iOS app, but only the Android version allows recipes designed on BeerSmith to transfer to the app to automatically create brew programs. 

Max Batch Size: 10 gal. (38 L), 15 gal. (57 L) 
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120V or 240V
www.brew-boss.com

Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil

The Brewer’s Edge Mash & Boil from William’s Brewing has one of the lowest price points of all the systems on our list. It doesn’t have some of the flashy features other units include, but it includes all of the necessities to brew 5-gallon (19-L) all-grain batches with a grain capacity of up to 16 lbs. (7.3 kg). It features a delayed start timer that can be set 24 hours in advance. The system features a double wall stainless construction that conserves heat to achieve a rolling boil with 110V and 1600W. 

After setting the strike water temperature to 162 °F (72 °C) (it will drop to about 152 °F/67 °C after adding the grains) it will take about 40 minutes for room temperature water to get up to temperature. You can then set the temperature to your desired mash temperature (it will stay within about 3 °F/1.5 °C of expected) and come back an hour later. The mash basket includes locking legs to allow the grains to drip back into the kettle for the boil. It will take another 40 minutes to get the wort up to a boil. The unit has a stainless valve with ½-inch hose barb to transfer wort or manually recirculate your mash using a pitcher.

For an additional $50 homebrewers can upgrade to a unit that comes with a pump for recirculation during the mash. William’s Brewing provides a 2-year warranty on the Brewer’s Edge.

Max Batch Size: 5 gal. (19 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 110V 
www.brewersedge.com

Brewtools

Brewtools comes in a couple of sizes to fit homebrewer’s needs: The B40pro (10.5-gal./40-L volume and 20 lbs./9 kg of grain capacity) and the B80pro (21-gal./80-L volume and 44 lbs./20 kg grain). For the rest of this overview we’ll focus on the smaller system, the B40.

These units contain many of the extra bells and whistles that some homebrewers desire, starting with a conical bottom with center draining and a powerful control system with a 7-inch touch-screen that is
WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled. A pump can be controlled by the touchscreen. The wort is circulated up through the center-pipe and the pump is fitted using tri-clamps for easy removal even when the tank is full. The included circulation device can be used for clean-in-place, making cleanup a breeze. Two temperature sensors, located at the bottom of the tank and before the pump, can be individually calibrated for maximum accuracy, which is advertised as +/- 0.2 °F (0.1 °C) accuracy.

With heating elements combining over 3,2kW (230V) of power, heating water or wort is very fast. The maximum current of each mains input can be adjusted to 10, 13, 15, and 16 Amps. All ports are 34mm tri-clamp fittings. Included silicone tubes are 16x25mm food-grade silicone.

Max Batch Size: 9.2 gal. (35 L), 18.5 gal. (70 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 110V or 240V
www.brewtools.us

BrewVideTM

Essentially a sous vide on steroids, the BrewVideTM All-In-One Kit from Vessi is the newest automated system on the market, having topped its $100,000 funding goal on Kickstarter within 48 hours earlier this summer. The BrewVideTM features built-in dual heating elements delivering up to 1600W of power with a standard 120V outlet, which will bring wort from mash temperatures to a boil in about 40 minutes. It also features an integrated magnetic drive pump that moves up to 3 gallons (11.5 L) per minute for stirring the mash, whirlpooling, and transferring wort to a fermenter after chilling. The All-In-One Kit also includes a 10-gallon (38-L) BrewBuiltTM kettle with tri-clamp fittings and lid, custom neoprene kettle insulation sleeve, immersion chiller, and cloth brew bag.

The unique design requires the BrewVideTM to be placed on the rim of the kettle, with the controls hanging over the outside of the kettle and the pump/heating element hanging into the mash/wort. It is designed to do full-volume, no-sparge, all-grain mashes with around 7 gallons (26.5 L) of strike water and up to 15 lbs. (6.8 kg) of grain.

Through the BrewVideTM app (iOS and Android) you have the ability to create schedules, set temperatures, and monitor your brew. The Brew-
VideTM will be shipping by April 2022, but orders are being taken now.

Max Batch Size: 5 gal. (19 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120V
https://www.getvessi.com/pages/brewvide

Brewzilla

The Brewzilla from Australia’s KegLand comes in two sizes: A 9.25-gal. (35-L) capacity (110V and 220V options available) and a 17-gal. (65-L) capacity system. While this is a budget-friendly system, it still includes a lot of great features such as the control panel that can be set to do up to six automated step mashes and a delay start timer through the digital backlit display. The system also includes an immersion chiller that comes standard and can be run immersed in the wort or hooked up to the sparge arm using a piece of included silicone and placed in a bucket of ice water with wort recirculating through it for faster, more efficient chilling. Feet at the base of the malt pipe allow it to sit on the kettle to drain when the mash is complete.

Features new in the third generation include an ultra low watt density dual element control (1900W and 500W), a more heavy-duty ½-inch cam-lock fitting on the sparge arm, thicker stainless steel malt pipe, and a double mash screen for improved flow. The BrewZilla has a ½-inch ball valve with 13 mm barb fittings for wort transfer and a magnetic drive pump mounted in the base. It also includes a third handle for easy pouring. The Brewzilla is available in the U.S. through MoreBeer!

Max Batch Size: 8 gal. (30 L), 15 gal. (57 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 110V, 220V
www.kegland.com.au/brewzilla-35l-gen-3-1-1.html

Clawhammer Supply Electric Home Brewing System

Clawhammer Supply has two versions of their Electric Home Brewing System to meet your power needs — a less expensive version that runs on 120 volts with a detached 15 amp PID digital controller and 1650 ultra low watt density heating element. The 240 volt option comes with a 30 amp controller and 5500 ultra low watt density heating element. The features are otherwise identical, featuring 304 stainless steel throughout and a removable temperature probe. It has a 10.5-gallon (40-L) kettle and removable grain basket that holds up to 20 lbs. (9 kg) of grain to brew batches up to 5.5 gallons (21 L). Following the mash, the basket can be lifted to conveniently sit on three grain basket clips over the kettle. The digital controller features automated temperature control and pump operations so you can sit back and let the system do its thing after manually programming it. 

Setting Clawhammer’s system apart from many other electric systems are features that come standard including a heavy-duty pump, highly efficient flat plate heat exchanger, stainless steel hop basket, and quick release hose fittings. All of the tri-clamps, valves, hoses, and fittings are included.

Max Batch Size: 5.5 gal. (21 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120V or 240V
www.clawhammersupply.com

Digiboil

The DigiBoil All-Grain Electric Brewing System is the more economical offering from Australia’s Kegland (sold under the name DigiMash in the U.S. through MoreBeer!). It is available in both 9.25-gallon (35-L) 110V and 17-gallon (65-L) 220V stainless steel options. To save costs it lacks some of the features found in the BrewZilla, such as the chiller, however it comes with everything needed to mash and boil in one unit. The digital controller is one of the big differences between the DigiBoil and BrewZilla, where you lose the option of delayed starts and programming step mashes in this system. Step mashes are still possible by adjusting the temperature manually on the controller. Another big difference is the Digiboil does not come with a pump. Users can use an external pump to increase efficiency of the mash (by connecting a ball valve to the inlet of your pump and then connecting the outlet of the pump to a sparging system), or stir the mash with a paddle. The smaller DigiBoil system comes with two built-in heating elements that run off a 110V plug and can be individually controlled. One element is 1000W and the other is 500W. The larger DigiBoil includes a third heating element for a combined 3500W of power. 

Max Batch Size: 8-gal. (30-L), 15 gal. (57 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 110V, 220V
www.kegland.com.au/35l-digiboil-digital-turbo-boiler-
2400watt.html

Foundry

The Foundry from Anvil Brewing Equipment comes in two sizes — a 10.5-gallon (40-L) option that holds up to 16 lbs. (7.3 kg) of grains for brewing 5-gallon (19-L) batches and a 6.5-gallon (25-L) option for brewing batches up to 3 gallons (11.5 L) with 8 lbs. (3.6 kg) of grain. Both include the same features, including a triple element, low watt density dual-voltage heaters, and a unique high-flow grain basket. 

The Foundry can run on 120V/1600W/13A or 240V/2800W/12A power to meet your needs. The high-flow grain basket is advertised to have more perforations to “virtually eliminate stuck mashes,” which they do by including perforations part way up the sides of the basket in addition to the bottom. The system also comes standard with a high-capacity stainless immersion chiller with the required fittings and hoses. It features a backlit digital display and PID controller that can be set for delayed brewing. The Foundry includes a rotating racking arm for easy racking of the wort while leaving the trub behind by adjusting its height.

The base models do not include a pump for recirculation, however, the option for adding an Anvil recirculation pump kit is available for an additional $100 for either size. Anvil also sells a condenser for distilling, which works with the Foundry.

Max Batch Size: 3 gal. (11.5 L), 5 gal. (19 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120V, 240V
https://www.anvilbrewing.com/home-brewing-equipment/all-in-one-brewing-systems

Gigawort

The Gigawort from Northern Brewer is an electric kettle with a 4.4-gallon (16.7-L) capacity. Given the smaller size than most systems on this list, it is ideal for small batches and partial-volume boils for brewing extract and partial mash recipes. While it is not the intended purpose, with the addition of your own grain bag you could brew 3-gallon (11.5-L) BIAB recipes with it as well, as homebrewers have done. It has an integrated digital control for heating, which also allows for delayed brewing. Using a 120V outlet, it features a dual element that can run on 1600W for heating to a boil and 600W for maintaining a boil. The system is double-walled 304 stainless steel to help efficiently maintain temperatures in the kettle. It also features a patent-pending “iso-flow bulkhead and dip tube” that is advertised to make wort transfers easier by eliminating the need to lift and pour the wort from the Gigawort into a fermenter. 

Max Batch Size: 3 gal. (11.5 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120V
www.northernbrewer.com/products/gigawort-electric-boil-kettle

Grainfather G30

The Grainfather G30 is one of the most popular all-in-one systems. With a 7.9-gallon (30-L) capacity, you can make up to 6.07 gallons (23 L) of beer per batch. 

The Grainfather has been engineered with 304-grade stainless steel, tempered glass, a magnetic drive pump (6W, 1800 RPM), and copper cooling coils. It has an expandable grain basket to suit grain bills up to 19.8 lbs. (9 kg) allowing you to produce brews with higher ABV (up to 10%) as well as lower ABV beers. The temperature-controlled heating elements allow you to set mash temperatures without fluctuation. Heating from mash to boil takes as little as 20 minutes.

The G30 includes a counterflow wort chiller, allowing you an easy and sanitary process for transferring your cooled wort to a fermenter. It can cool a full batch to less than 68 °F (20 °C) within 20–30 minutes. 

The control box has Bluetooth connection to your mobile device, allowing for remote control via the Grainfather app. The app also has hundreds of recipes for you to choose from (and where you can share your recipes) and the G30 will guide you through each step of the brewing process. 

Max Batch Size: 6.07 gal. (23 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 110V or 220V
www.grainfather.com

High Gravity Wort Hog BIAB

Every High Gravity Wort Hog system sold is custom built at the time of ordering with several configuration options, which allows it to be one of the most customizable on the market for homebrewers looking for particular features and upgrades. Two sizes are available: An 11.6-gallon (44-L) Bayou Classic kettle for 5-gallon (19-L) batches and a 16.4-gallon (62-L) Bayou Classic kettle for brewing 10-gallon (38-L) batches. 

The smaller size comes with a stainless steel basket as well as a 15-gallon (57-L) BrewBag fabric filter. It features the Blichmann BoilCoil 120V-heating element (2250W) and the High Gravity Wort Hog EBC-130 120V-heating element with an integrated PID controller for precise automatic temperature control. The Topsflow TD5 DC SS inline pump comes standard for recirculation but an upgrade to the Blichmann Riptide pump is available. A stainless temperature probe, silicone tubes, cam locks, and hose clamps all come included. The unit heats 8 gallons from mash temperature to a boil in about half an hour.

The larger system runs on 220V with a Blichmann BoilCoil 15-gallon (57-L) heating element (4500W). It comes with a polyester bag for BIAB, but the basket is an available upgrade. You can also upgrade to a Spike or Spike+ kettle, if desired.

Max Batch Size: 5 gal. (19 L), 10 gal. (38 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120V, 220V
www.highgravitybrew.com

Klarstein

The German company Klarstein has a half dozen electric single-vessel systems that are popular in Europe and starting to become more available in North America, with two currently available on Amazon. The systems, each with a different name, vary in size from 7.9–18.5 gallons (30 to 70 L). The most basic, the Beerfest Mash kettle, retails for 149 Euros and features the bare minimum accessories to brew beer in the stainless kettle with a port on the bottom — temperature control knobs to run the 2585W heating element, a mesh brewing bag, strainer to filter the mash, and a power switch. 

On the top end of is the Brauheld Pro Mash Kettle (649.99 Euros), which is an 18.5-gallon (70-L) stainless kettle with a recirculation pump, LC display and cable connections, and 11 programmable mashing steps. You can also program up to nine recipe memory locations and it comes with four preset recipes for different beer styles. It has a removable grain basket with a sieve insert and comes with a tempered glass lid. The heating element can be adjusted from 100 to 3300W of power.

Between the Beerfest and Brauheld are the Füllhorn, Maischfest, Mundschenk (pictured), and Cupbearer systems, which include an increasing number of features. Find more on each at the Klarstein website.

Max Batch Size: 5–12 gal. (19–45 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 220–240V
www.klarstein.co.uk/

MiniBrew

The MiniBrew is an all-in-one system ideal for those looking to make small batches in a rather hands-off approach. The mini all-grain system heats water, mashes, recirculates, sparges, boils, chills, cleans, ferments, and dispenses your homebrew from the same piece of equipment that has a coffeemaker-type of aesthetic design.

After adding all of the ingredients, this small-batch brewing machine will boil and cool the wort. All of the hops are added in a hop carousel, which are then automatically added to the boil at the pre-set times. All of the brewing steps can be set and followed on the MiniBrew app (or a QR code can be scanned if using a kit that will automatically program the system for the appropriate steps). Fermentation is also done automatically in the same copper keg vessel. Brewing takes around four hours and then 10–36 days later the beer is ready to enjoy. Additional kegs can be purchased if you want to brew another 1.3-gal. (5-L) batch before emptying the first. The clean-in-place system makes cleaning a breeze.

Using the MiniBrew software is applicable for brewers of all experience levels.  A starter can order one of the 20 recipes available through the app. Or brewers can start a pro membership where they can create their own recipes and use their own ingredients, or brew some of the 5,600-plus recipes created and shared by users on the app.

Max Batch Size: 1.3 gal. (5 L)  
Recipe Type: All-grain 
Power: 220-240V
www.minibrew.io

Spike Solo

Designed to be compact and turnkey, the Spike Solo can get you brewing a batch of beer minutes after opening the box. The unit comes in three sizes — 10, 15, and 20 gallons (38, 57, and 76 L) that can be used to brew batches from 5 to 10 gallons (19 to 38 L) and hold from 12 –40 lbs. (5.4–18 kg) of grain. Each uses a 240V element (the 10-gallon/38-L can be purchased at 120V as well). The 240V system produces 5500 watts of heating power while the 120V produces 1350W. 

The Spike Solo is made entirely of 304 stainless steel with 1.2 mm thick walls. It comes standard with NPT fittings, however for $150 more the Spike+ Solo can be purchased with tri-clamp fittings. Thick stainless steel hooks on the basket allows it to rest on the kettle lip during vorlauf or while the basket drains. The tapered basket also features precision-lasered slits matching the false bottoms on Spike’s commercial brewing systems. The Solo’s control panel is made with professional-grade components, including many of the same ones from the panels in Spike’s pro-grade nano systems.

Optional additions include the pump for recirculation as well as a chiller.

Max Batch Size: 5 gal. (19 L), 8 gal. (30 L), 10 gal. (38 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120, 240V
www.spikebrewing.com/pages/spike-solo

Ss Brewtech eBrewing 1V System

Coming in 10-gallon (38-L) and 20-gallon (76-L) options, this system includes an eController 1V, eKettle with element, and a silicone mat. To use as a single-vessel BIAB system a user would have to supply a bag. 

The custom-designed low-watt density heating element is a circular “halo” design specifically sized for the corresponding kettle to evenly distribute heat. The circular 5500W Incoloy 800 alloy element is advertised to allow for a better whirlpool and trub cone formation, and is removable for cleaning. The eControllers include a fully proportional PID output, allowing voltage to be adjusted from 0–100% for holding temperatures steady during a mash rest or dialing in an ideal boil temperature. Both the element and controller are sized to maximize a standard 240 VAC, 30A residential circuit for quick ramp times. All of the tri-clamp fittings are welded, as is a trub dam that is paired with a 1.5-inch ball valve. The kettle features an integrated PT100 temperature probe.

The system allows for flexibility by using common connectors in the Ss eController and eKettle that, with the modularity of the eBrewing system, allows a user to splice a hot liquor tank or boil kettle into their existing system, for instance, without having to purchase an entire three-vessel brewhouse.

Max Batch Size: 5 gal. (19 L), 10 gal. (38 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 240VAC
www.ssbrewtech.com/collections/ebrewing-kits/products/ebrewing-1v-kit

Unibraü

The Unibraü from Bräu Supply comes with standard options, premium options, and is also customizable to meet any homebrewer’s needs. Let’s start by looking at the base systems, which come with 10-gallon (38-L) and 20-gallon (76-L) kettle sizes. Each includes the stainless steel grain basket, a stainless plate chiller, and commercial brewery-grade disconnects throughout the system for easy assembly, cleaning, and integration with an existing brewery if you choose.

The 10-gallon (38-L) size comes with 120V or 240V compatibility. Standard with the 120V system is the ETC controller that measures temperatures to within 0.1 °F/°C, a 1650W element, a high-temperature magnetic drive pump, and a grain basket lid. Step up to the Premium option and you get an upgraded EZboil PID controller, butterfly valves, a counterflow chiller with quick disconnects, a 1650W element upgrade kit for a total of 3300W of power, hopBlock filter and diptube, whirlpool arm, sparge arm, and more.

The 10-gallon (38-L) 240V and 20-gallon (76-L) 240V systems come with a 5500W element and EZboil 30A controller. All of Unibraü’s systems come with a full 12-month warranty and are customizable.

Max Batch Size: 6 gal (23 L), 15 gal. (35 L)
Recipe Type: All-grain & extract
Power: 120V, 240V
https://brausupply.com/products/unibrau-all-in-one-electric-brew-system

We have also put much of the previous information and more into a handy chart to compare each system side-by-side. Click here to view the hi-res Systems Comparison Chart

Issue: October 2021