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The Grainfather - Self Contained Electric All Grain Beer Brewing System


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The Grainfather allows you to mash, sparge, boil and cool, all in the one fully electric, self contained system.

The Grainfather is an all-in-one All-Grain brewing system designed to declutter your brew cave and put everything you need in one compact package. No need to take your craft outside, with this fully electric system you are safe to brew indoors! The Grainfather system is the perfect brewing companion for both new and experienced All-Grain brewers looking to streamline the brewday experience.

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The Grainfather Electric All-Grain Brewing System

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Product Details

The Grainfather features:

  • 304 grade stainless steel superior body, with 8 US Gal (30 L) capacity
  • Expandable grain basket to suit grain bills up to 19.8 lbs (9kg)
  • A robust magnetic drive pump (6 watt, 1800 RPM) and wort recirculation pipe with insulated handle, ensuring consistent temperatures throughout the mash and maximising efficiencies
  • Pump filter to keep hops and stray grain in the boiler, and your wort clear and bright
  • Counterflow Wort Chiller with copper inner coil, cooling your wort to <68°F within 20mins
  • Toughened plastic control box and display screen, giving you total temperature and pump control. Dial in the exact temperature for your mash, allowing both step mashing and single temperature mashing with very fast ramp up between steps
  • Dual heating element (1600 watt and 600 watt elements) allowing you to switch between heating quickly to a vigorous boil and maintaining a stable temperature
  • Tempered glass lid for maximum durability, heating efficiencies and visibility during your brewday
  • Top and bottom mesh screens for your grain basket, allowing even distribution of your sparge water and ensuring no grain enters the boiler
  • Dimensions: 29" H x 19.1" L x 17.2" W

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Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as The Grainfather will ship directly from the manufacturer via FedEx Ground.
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4.2 / 5.0
19 Reviews
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Have brewed 5 beers with this
Get a hop spider.Other than that.... This thing is awesome. If you are skeptical, please continue to brew with kettles and coolers. The rest of us will take many breaks during our brew days and enjoy the hobby. Brewing beer should be fun. The GrainFather makes the brew day enjoyable.No... it doesn't bring your wort to a boil automatically. No, it doesn't boil so hard that you fear a boil over. But it brings the wort to a rolling boil - YES it does.... Yes.... Yes ... YES it does.Yes it does... stop arguing. It clearly does.Don't be a hater. Allow us who enjoy the GrainFather to enjoy the GrainFather. You just keep lighting your burner and standing in the garage at 90 or 10 degrees. We'll be in the comfort of our homes at a reasonable 70 degrees reading the news paper while our brewing system does some really impressive work..
March 4, 2016
Great Device with a couple of modifications
I have brewed 7 batches on the Grainfather. First 2 were a disaster. The filter came off and clogged the pump on batch one. Second batch, the filter clogged again. Third batch got a new filter, worked great. Slow to boil, then I made my own "coat" from online directions. You can also buy from Grainfather. Now I boil and maintain temperature much better. So get a new filter, make your own coat for it and it is golden. Love the ability to let the grains drain and then sparge it. I heat the water on my gas stove and it works great. Love the ability to program in a temperature and walk away. At first I didn't like the low boil, but it is fine and the beer has turned out great.
July 1, 2016
Needs bigger element
I live in southwest Louisiana. I read all of the reviews I could find and watched videos so I was prepared for low boil with out the lid on. That's what I thought! there was no boil at all when top was removed only tiny bubbles around element at bottom. The other operations worked perfectly and heated up from 87 degree F to 114F in 75minutes with top on 4 gallons of water. I like the general idea and concept so I will keep it and add a hot finger for the boil. they do need to up grade to a 2000w 110v element which are available in the U.S. I have been brewing for 6 years and have a larger electric rims set up for double batches so wanted a smaller one for trial beers. They do need to consider this for the price which is steep considering the boil issue and extra equipment you need to buy to complete a brew. And yes I did insulate unit
November 13, 2015
Great product
I've made two batches and have had little problem with heating. I use a 20 amp circuit that has very few things pluged into it and NO extension cord. The Grainfather is very easy and fun to use and make a pretty good brew, I recommend it for some one who want a system that is simple to use takes up little space.
December 15, 2015
Great Investment
10 batches in now and I LOVE my GrainFather. A bit of a learning curve but once you get over the hump, you'll love this brewing system. Compact. Easy to work with. Easy to brew. Easy to clean. I've compared just about ALL the electric brewing systems out there and this IS the best bang for your buck.
January 25, 2016
Excellent product but has some kinks.
My first Grainfather came in damaged and I had to send it back! Very disappointed to cancel my brew day. Northern brewers were fantastic and send out another one right away. I used it once without a glitch and it was fantastic, worked as advertised advertised. On the second brew the element went out and I had to send that one back. Northern Brewer was great again and sent me out a third one. I brewed a Kama Citra which has a lot of hops (4.5 ounces) and had major problems with the pump working during the chill phase. Nothing was going through the tube. The filter was completely plugged up from the hops! I ended up having to transfer the wort by hand using the strainer. The element doesn't seem to be strong enough to heat up the wort. It takes a long time to get the wort heated to boil from the sparging temp.
June 4, 2016
Simplifies Brew Day
Hardest part of setup is getting the filters fitted in the mash attachment - took forever the first time - the silicone ring kept popping off. The website FAQ helped with that.

Takes a long time to bring water to a boil (thats 110v for you. I wish i had an option to get the 220v) - but i use my gas burner to heat up the water for mash and sparge.

+/- 2 degrees on mashing is ok. Sparging is a breeze. Once i start sparging i switch the heater on to bring the wort up to temperature - saves waiting later.

I whirlpool at the end, which seems to stop the filter from getting clogged with very hoppy beers.

All in all, love it.
January 14, 2017
4 months ago
Great system
It's expensive, but not as expensive as others I have looked at. I've seen reviews with complaints about not getting a full rolling boil but I have had no issues with this at all. As a matter of fact I have to stay close and be ready to stir the wort so it won't boil over, but to be honest I have an insulating jacket around my Grainfather. And as other reviews have said, get a hop spider. It helps to keep the pump from getting clogged, especially if you are making a high hop brew. The counter flow chiller really does the trick. I just fill a 10 gallon cooler with ice and a little water and use that to run through the wort chiller. I did have to get a pump for that but in the summers here in AZ it's the only way to get cold water. Tap water is generally around 80-90 degrees so it doesn't cool much. Also, using the ice and water circulation reduces the amount of water used. All in all a very good system. And if you clean as you go cleanup is a breeze.
December 6, 2016
Love this piece of equipment! Does take a little time to get to temp. It does fluctuate a little during mash. But all in all, this has helped me make GREAT beer
May 19, 2016
No problems
I have not had any problems. Admittedly, this is a little slower because of the 120v verses the european 240v situation. From mash out to boil I get there in less than 15 to 20 minutes. Once you hit 207 degrees you can consider that at boil according to various sites I have seen on the internet. If you want something faster that is electric you are going to spend thousands of dollars. Something less expensive is always going to have compromise. This is a fraction of the cost of a Speidel Braumeister.With no mistakes or screw-ups I can get from start to finish in 5 hours or less. There is a company that makes a module that totally automates this product. I suggest you buy reflectix at a Lowe's and wrap the machine when using. That is cheaper than the insulator they sell.Oh, and it converts to a still!!! (for distilling water and personal bath oils, of course)I have made 5 batches so far. IPA, wheat beer, vanilla porter, Pre-pro pilsner, and a Blue Moon Clone.
January 13, 2016
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How do you control the sparge / run off flow rate? Is there a collection plate at the bottom of the mash tun to control flow and eliminate airation of hot wort?
David B on Nov 7, 2015

Personally I haven't even seen a Grainfather outside of the box. I did some digging

and there are two options for sparging. The first being

heating up your sparge water and pouring it over your grain bed the "old school" way. The second option is to heat the water using the grainfather

or another heating element

disconnecting the re-circulation pipe and putting it into the vessel that you heated your sparge water in and pumping it in. There is a ball valve on the recirculation pipe that would allow you to regulate flow to some extent. From what I'm seeing

there isn't a collection plate. Here is the manual for the system. http://shop.humle.se/shop/11011/files/Grainfather.pdf I wish that I could be of more help

but I haven't had the opportunity to run the system to know for sure.
When will the Bluetooth Connect version be available?
A shopper on Feb 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Our distributor is currently planning for full distribution by the end of March. In the meantime, contacting Customer Service might help get you one sooner.
When will you offer the upgraded version with the Bluetooth controller?
A shopper on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we will be offering the Bluetooth version upon full availability.
Will the 220 Volt/50 Hertz version (European version) of this product work properly on 220 Volt with a (USA) power frequency of 60 Hertz?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2017
When will the Bluetooth Connect version be available?
Brandon S on Feb 17, 2017
Looking at buying one. The location is my biggest concern. What kind of steam output are we talking here (from the boil)? I'm looking at revamping my basement to a brew area, but putting in a vent hood is beyond not easy in my basement. (1890's farm house, old stone cellar, no place to vent) I don't know how much extra humidity I'd be dealing with.
A shopper on Apr 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is the same amount of steam released as if you were boiling water in a pot in your kitchen. The Grainfather instructions are that you leave the lid off during boil so that evaporation occurs without dropping back into the wort. Depending on your recipe, you can boil off as much as a gallon of water. I use the Grainfather in my kitchen in the winter with no windows open and have no humidity issues. (Granted Minnesota is pretty dry in winter.)
I make 10 gallon batches. Any plans to make a 10 gallon version?
B A on Jul 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Grainfather is awesome for a 5-6 gallon batch, and I make two batches back to back if I want 10 gallons. I have not heard of the manufacture making a 10 gallon version of the Grainfather but it could be coming. The other option is to buy another Gainfather. Happy Brewing!
Is this system compatible for the BIAB recipes or would you recommend staying with the 5 gallon recipes?
Steve C on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think brew in a bag should work fine as long as 1 the bag is deep enough to reach the bottom, and 2 that the batch is 3 gallons or more, anything smaller than three gallons i think will cause issues because there might not be enough liquid to re circulate through the grains which is really where the grainfather gets its high efficiency from. If i were to do a BIAB batch i would probably still use the insert for the mash to keep things away from the filter and temp probe otherwise you will get false readings and such.
Is the plug and receptacle for this would be the same as an electric range?
V M on Feb 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In the U.S. It plugs into any wall outlet. It only has a 1500 watt heating element. So no need for a 220 outlet.
Could this be used to brew extract kits if you want to skip the mash process once in a while?
M O on Feb 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would just skip to the boil step
Does the Grandfather require 120V or 240V?
R I on Nov 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The US Grainfather runs on 120V!
Power supply? 110 or 220
M P on Nov 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I won't receive the unit until Monday but the online manual states that units sold in the US and Canada are 120 volt, 1600 watts.
Do you think it would help to boil the water with outside burners prior to adding to the Grainfather to assist with the boil - would this help with the problem people are experiencing ?
P O on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have to admit I haven?t used mine to brew with yet (had an accident and have been medically challenged for the past couple months) but I was able to go through the cleaning process and the water heats up real fast. I supposed you could use outside burners but that pretty much negates the advantages of using the GrainFather. You can also use an insulating blanket on the outside of the chamber (or just buy the GrainCoat?) to help keep the heat in. But really, unless you are using this outside on a very cold day I don?t think you will have any problems with it.
What is involved in cleaning the GF?
N I on Feb 28, 2016

Here is the video that Grainfather made about cleaning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L10S5Fx0xY
Is the Grainfather available in the US in 220 volt? Would wire up a special outlet just get the boil needed.
S C on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the ones produced for export to the US market are 120 volt systems. I have not seen any for sale in the US with the 220 volt wiring. Maybe someday, but not at this time. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I have a 220 outlet installed in the back room. Do you have, or is there a 220 volt unit available in the USA?
Steve C on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wish! I do not understand why they assume US brewers can only use 120v. The company that imports them is Brewcraft USA - not sure if they have options for that. The 120V option, with some insulating wrap, works adequately though!
I'm 4 batches in with my GF and for the life of me can't figure out a crush that doesn't end up with what appears to be half a pound of grains left in the boil. Not new to brewing and quadruple checked the install of everything and top/bottom false bottoms. I've adjusted the top screen from right on top of the grain bed to several inches above to see if that does anything and it doesn't. I've backed off the crush as much as I can at this point to still open the husk and nothing seems to help. Today I went so far as to take a large "brew in a bag" leftover from years ago when I started and put the bag in before the grain basket and went with a really course crush. Still ended up with a baseball size ball of grains after I rinsed and removed. Is this just par for the coarse with this thing? For what it's worth the 1st batch just went in the keg and it still tastes pretty darn good considering the insane amount of grains left in the boil on the first batch....
Trevor S on Feb 13, 2016

I'm sorry you're having trouble with grain getting left behind in your grainfather. I think probably the easiest way to get that info would be to shoot Grainfather a message. You can reach them at info@grainfather.com or you can give them a call at 1 888 689 0281.


In one of the reviews, the writer referenced a unit that was available on the market that would automate this system (from another company). I would like to buy this (read: my wife may let me get one!!), but I would want to be able to automate it. Can you give me more information on that product?
J T on Jan 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here is a link to the link I believe they refer to: http://www.alva-control.eu/alva_blog/alva-news/automate-your-grainfather-with-the-alva-brew-still/
Does it come with a US full warranty? If so, for how long?
A shopper on Apr 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We offer a full warranty for 1 year.
The Grainfather website only shows the "Grainfather Connect" with the new controller. Will ordering this unit get the new controller? Also, what about the "Graincoat".
Daniel G on Mar 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, we are selling the Grainfather Connect (SKU 42167). We do not have any plans for the Graincoat currently. Cheers!
What kind of warranty does this come with? Not seeing any info on that.
A shopper on Nov 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These are covered by a 1-year warranty by Grainfather. Here's a link to their site, with that info: https://www.grainfather.com/warranty?___store=us

If you have trouble, you'd contact us first, if you bought it from us.
How can i use it on 220 V?
T R on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We only offer this in teh 120V version. This one will not work with 220V power system.
Can the heating elements be upgraded to 2000 watt heating elements without damaging the control unit?
Matthew F on Nov 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sounds like a question for the manufacturer. Have not tested this ourselves. It is an STC-200 and it should be able to handle the increased wattage. I hope this helps! Cheers! James J.

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