Northern Brewer All Grain Cooler System
We’ve taken our All-Grain Cooler System and added upgrades to provide the best possible brewing experience. The completely redesigned mash/lauter tun features thick insulation, a large 12+ gallon capacity and the first ever integrated thermometer. The large capacity will easily handle any 5 gallon brew you can throw its way, from session beers to Imperials, and it's even large enough to accommodate 10 gallon batches up to a gravity of 1.065.
Featuring all stainless steel fittings including our proprietary bulkhead and Titan False Bottom, this system is designed to last. Steel reinforced and silicone gasketed mounting holes ensure a tight, leak-free hardware fit, and offer easy installation with top of the line brewing performance. Everything you need to mash, sparge and collect wort is included so no additional purchases are necessary. Just provide your boil kettle for a premium, robust brewing system.
The unique geometry of the mash/lauter tun and hot liquor tank makes storing your gear between batches even more convenient. Simply remove the valves and thermometer, and the hot liquor tank will nest perfectly inside the mash tun for the smallest possible footprint for storage.
Includes everything you need to mash and sparge your first All-Grain batch, right out of the box.
New to All-Grain? Check out our Crash Course in Mashing and Sparging.
NOTE: A full boil is required for All-Grain brewing, so a boil kettle with an 8 to 10 gallon capacity is highly recommended.
Full Kit Specs:
- 12 gal. mash tun (16.75” diameter x 22” tall)
- 7 gal. hot liquor tank (13.5” diameter x 18.5” tall)
- Integrated thermowell with weldless thermometer in Mash/Lauter Tun
- Stainless steel features: 2 Isoflow bulkheads, 2 ½” ball valves, 1 Imperial sparge arm, 1 Titan universal false bottom
- 3.5’ of 3/8” ID thermoplastic tubing
- 3.5’ of 3/8” ID Clear High-temp tubing
- Storage Dimensions- 16.75” diameter x 22” tall and 28lbs.
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First time all-grain brewing by myself and this systems definitely helped. Overall construction is great and the perfect size for what I intended. Like others have noted, the mash tun thermometer was a bit off. Also do yourself a favor and preheat the mash tun with some hot water first before you start. Held temperature well. Was easy to put together, clean and break down. The sparge jet was broken when I received it and NB quickly got me out a replacement in time for brew day!
If this is your first time with an all grain batch, I would recommend this system.
overall got 76% mash efficiency from my first batch with this setup. Not bad for the first time using it. Overall happy with the heat retention and ease of setup. The sparge arm is great, (used with a pump).
Cons: thermometer/thermowell seems to be off a few degrees (I’m going to do a more controlled test on this weekend)
The handle on the mash tun easily ripped the screws out when moving the full mash tun (22 pounds grain in a 10 gal batch) after I was done for the day and cleaning out. I replaced the screws with more robust ones and hopefully it was a one time issue.
This is my 3rd mash tun, I have a 5 and 10gal one that I built DYI and this is a great addition.
My first all grain set up and I am very happy with it. I only give it four stars because the thermometer on the mashtun isn't very accurate, at all (so use your own) and the directions for setting it up were not very user friendly. Once I worked out the kinks everything has been great.
this is decent equipment. i would purchase a large coarse grain bag as well. the false bottom did not sit flush on the bottom of the mt. there's a bubble at the bottom that will allow grains to accumulate around the drain valve causing blockage. this may not be the case in all of these but it was in mine. i tried to take a pic but was unable to get my camera down to show. overall it works well.the vienna lager i brewed is still in fermenting process and will not be able to sample this brew for another 5-6 weeks. i've got my fingers crossed since this is my 1st attempt at a lager. cheers and best of luck.
I was actually amazed at the quality of all the components in this system. It is within range of what you pay for. The fittings and hardware are very well built and not cheap quality stuff. Like many have stated, I too noticed that the union of the dump valves and coolers are questionable. That is to be expected though when connecting a heavy quality valve to plastic. I don't think there will be any issue just as long as you are mindful of the valve and are careful with moving it around and cleaning it out. The sparge arm is a little flimsy but does what is supposed to do. I have done one all grain brew so far with this and was pleased with how it all worked. The mash temp stayed in range and only dropped a cpl degrees over an hour of steep. You def need to take in to account the mash tun temperature though. I brewed on a rather cool evening and had the tun sitting outside with me as it got everything going. When I put in my strike water the cooler sucked quite a bit of temp out of it prior to adding the grain. So I had to add some near boiling water to bring it back up before adding grain. The lids are are a little tricky at first to screw on and not cross but once you get the hang of how it needs to be set on before screwing it down its no big deal. I like the size of it because its large and very capable of brewing all 5 gallon batches and will even brew some low to medium gravity 10 gallon batches. In order to store them inside each other it all has to be taken apart. I don't think I will do that bc it would just add more stress to the valve and cooler connection every time. All in all, I very pleased with this setup so far.