The Tower of Power makes homebrewer dreams come true: a fully automated RIMS brewery with programmable specifications right in your own home. This system will monitor your temperatures, turn your burners on and off, start and stop pumps for recirculation or sparging, and more - all without your lifting a finger. Hold mash or sparge water temps to within 0.5F, perform complex multi-step mashes with ease, and get pro brewery-level efficiency from your grain.
The system is very adaptable and adjustable to your needs. The basic component is the Control Enclosure, buy one for your mash tun or two to control your mash tun and sparge tank. The optional Pump Tower is a free-standing unit that is available with or without a March 815-HS pump. This unit is great for RIMS (recirculation infusion mash systems), but can be used for regular mashing and sparging as well. It features a wort sampling valve, a flow meter, and a low-flow rate alarm and is mountable on the Blichmann Top Tier. The optional Communications Cable allows you to connect the control unit and a computer; using the free software (Windows XP, Vista, and 7 only) you can program your schedules and control the system remotely. The Bushing allows you to install the Control Enclosure's temperature probe on 1/2" npt threads instead of a 1/2" hole (a bushing comes with each control enclosure).
Control Enclosure - each control enclosure includes the following:
Pump Tower - This optional free standing RIMS plumbing tower offers the following features:
- Treat yourself Review by Joe
This is supposed to be fun - so add the gadget (if you can) and stop thinking about it. I am in love (man love) with my system. Adding the ToP to it made it much more enjoyable. With the pump and the heating module controls, I was able to step Mash even though it was very cold out (a little warmer in the garage). My rating is two thumbs up. (Posted on 1/28/14)
- Second Module Review by Jeff
- Tower of Efficiency Review by Jeff
- Excellent Performance Review by Don
The actual performance during my first brew (Pumpkin Ale) was excellent. I posted a short YouTube video of that brew session here ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56-WRCGk8o4 ). The thermometer in the mash tun stayed within 1 degree of what I had set on the controller. Clean up was very easy per the instructions. I had already used a similar method with other equipment. The only difference is I have a 5 gallon bucket of water that I flush through before I use PBW. I installed the Blichmann Auto Sparge to work in conjunction with the Tower of Power and that worked out really well for me.
I've seen in some reviews people complaining about the annoying alarm signalling the burner is about to ignite. This was a complete non issue for me. I didn't find it annoying at all and found it useful when I was working over the pot.
I highly recommend this product.
(Posted on 9/16/12)
- Great Addition to my Brewing Review by Gary
Cleanup is a breeze, turn the system off, clean the mash tun, add ~5 gallons of hot water with PBW and recirculate for 15 minutes (I clear out the tower before recirculating) then change the water in the mash tun with sanitizer and repeat above.
Only glitch is I can't get the software to work, something I'm doing wrong I'm sure. For a simple simgle step mash this can't be beat. Oh, the mash temperature was within +/-1 degree on the thermometer on my mash tun. (Posted on 7/20/12)
- Just Awesome Review by AZ Brewer
This thing rocks, it has made my brew days vastly easier and much more efficient. I love the tower for diverting the mash directly into the boil kettle. Hooked it up to my HLT through the AutoSparge and love how I don't have to do anything but open up the HLT valve and that's it.
You like to brew right? Just buy it already, you deserve it! (Posted on 6/21/12)