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The Grainfather Connect - Self Contained Electric All Grain Beer Brewing System - Now with Bluetooth


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

Now includes the Connect Controller. You can take direct control of the Grainfather with your iPhone or Android using bluetooth. Use the Connect Control Box in conjunction with the Connect App for the ultimate brewing experience.

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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Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as The Grainfather will ship directly from the manufacturer via FedEx Ground.

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The Grainfather Electric All-Grain Brewing System

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Product Details

The Grainfather features:

  • Full Five Gallon Batch Capacity
  • 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

New Connect Controller Details:

Automation without removing the fun of brewing, be as involved as you want to be! More automation means you can multitask or simply relax while brewing and then be alerted when to return for your next step. Use the Connect Control Box in conjunction with the Connect App for the ultimate brewing experience.

Connect Controller Instructions

Control Box Features:
  • Bluetooth connection to your mobile device so it can be controlled remotely
  • PID algorithm works in conjunction with a triac for more stable heating and so you can control power output
  • Programmable step mashing
  • Delayed heating - fill your Grainfather with water the night before and wake up to your water at strike temperature ready for brewing straight away
  • Change between celsius and fahrenheit easily
  • Waterproof graphic display
  • Lugs at rear which can be changed to suit any Grainfather currently on the market
  • Use in manual mode or with app
App Features:
  • Grainfather Grain Kit recipes provided in app
  • Import Beer XML files
  • Set your own boil temperature (for different altitudes)
  • Change between celsius and fahrenheit easily
  • Grainfather calculators provided in app
NOTE: Required Specifications for the App are:
  • Hardware: iPhone 4S or higher
  • Software: iOS8 or higher??. Must have Bluetooth 4.0 or higher
  • Hardware: Android 4.3 (API Level 18) or higher
  • Software: Must have Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)/Bluetooth Smart

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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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Great system for indoor brewing in cold climates. I tried to brew with it in the garage but the heating element is not strong enough to really work well at outdoor temps. Overall, I'm very pleased with this system.
March 17, 2018
6 months ago
I like the ability to closely monitor my brewing. The connect helps greatly
March 12, 2018
7 months ago
Great experience... All worked as expected. Doing all grain stuff now!!
March 8, 2018
1 month ago
Made transitioning from extract brewing to all grain a breeze. Couldn't be any happier!! Best purchase I've made in years
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January 21, 2018
3 months ago
This has to be the best invention for home brewing. I can't wait to sell my mash tun and my two brew kettles. There will be so much more room in my shed for other new toys.

I just did my first batch and couldn't believe how easy it was. I was never able to brew and play Xbox at the same time. Great job Grainfather.
January 8, 2018
3 months ago
$1000 water heater
The first unit I received the filament went out after about 7 brews. Now I got a second unit, and the wort chiller has a huge leak, and the pump makes a loud grinding and doesn't work. The grainfather is such a great idea, I just wish there was a higher quality alternative because the manufacturing is junk. The only way to describe the grainfather is cheap. And it's a huge pain to try and return/ship these things back...
December 28, 2017
4 months ago
I've had mine for awhile
I've probably had this thing for 2 years now and have brewed a ton of beer with it. I'd say 30-40 batches. I also have a friend who comes over and brews with it, so this thing may be up to 50 batches without any issues. Zero defects. Other than user error...

I've seen either improved or the same efficiency. I definitely does come to a full boil. It works as it is designed to work and does a really good job at it.

On the stove, my brew days were 6-8 hours from start to finish. From breaking out the first piece of equipment to drying the last piece of equipment and putting it away. My brew day with the Grainfather is somewhere between 6 and 8 hours, depending on how efficient I am with the day.

The one thing that I will point out is that it will clog if you put your hops directly into the kettle. It happened on my first brew. I bought a stainless hop spider and it hasn't clogged one time since. I do keep it very clean though. That may be something to keep in mind.

I also purchased the thermal cover for it. I bought that along with the device and have used it every time I've brewed. That may help if you seem to be having trouble bringing the kettle to a boil. I'm sure that a 240 volt system would come to a boil much faster, but I haven't convinced myself to purchase one of those units yet.

It's a purchase that I have been very happy with. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if I needed to replace this one.
December 21, 2017
Only One Batch So Far, But Very Pleased
The Grainfather was packed very well and arrived in excellent condition. My first brew took a little longer than usual because I had to clean it, was getting used to it and using it in the Manual mode. It did all the things shown in the various videos online. My OG and FG numbers on my favorite recipe were about the same as I got with my ten gallon cooler mash tun and boil kettle on a propane heater. Wish it had a slight glass to check volume when sparging. When I went to clean it, the pump would not work. Somehow I got it plugged. Blew in the recirculating hose for a second and it cleared the pump. Very pleased overall and would recommend it. I really studied this and the Robobrew and went with this because it is more robust in the SS and electronics and it has a significant history. I am hoping it reduces my brewing clutter.

The counter chiller worked great. Fastest chill I ever had.

Kudos to Northern Brewer for a super fast delivery. I ordered it about 4 pm on a Monday and it was delivery to me in St. Louis at 1 pm on that Wednesday.
November 16, 2017
Great Investment Needs Some Improvements
Have been brewing with the GF for a year; 7 batches. Like it but it has some problems. The counterflow chiller is designed to sit on top of the glass lid but that is recipe for disaster. We put it on a separate table to use. The connection for the chiller is hopeless -- blows water all over the kitchen. The glass lid is also a problem. If it's in place for sanitizing the chiller and you have additions for flameout it's impossible to open without scalding yourself. It needs handles. The unit itself needs handles too; it's very clumsy to pick up, move, and clean. The safety valve in the pump line must be removed or the unit clogs. All information about the unit should recommend a hop spider; without it it's just one big mess. Buyers should also be attentive to the temp of their wort as it circulates out of the chiller. It is supposed to come out at a temp suitable for pitching but in order to achieve this one must endure the spraying chiller connection and slow the rate at which the wort leaves the unit -- we had two batches fail to carbonate and have come to the conclusion that this is because the wort comes out of the chiller at more than 100 degrees.
November 4, 2017
Brew days are much easier no, specially cleanup. Iâ??ve been able to achieve good rolling boils, and the batches Iâ??ve made so far ve been delicious.
October 23, 2017
6 months ago
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Is there a 220v option available in the US?
A shopper on May 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It seems like the US versions are all set for our 120 volt power; the 220 version is sold in other markets, but not yet in the US.
Do you still offer the first gen of the grain father? You know, with the OLD control box for $890?????? Why the hell would you need bluetooth????
A shopper on May 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, the first generation Grainfather is no longer available. Sorry for any inconvenience. Cheers!
what is the size of the box of the grainfather?
A shopper on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'd have to measure when I get home but I'd say close to 2'x2'x a little bit more than height of GF.
So all you do is add your ingredients and it brews itself then you transfer it to your fermentor?
Tyler R on Feb 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is an all grain system that combines two out of three kettles into one. You need to be familiar with the all grain process and if you are, it will simplify the process and take up a lot less real estate than most other systems out there. The main benefit of this system is the ability to brew indoors.

The only added item that I would recommend with this is the Grainfather Sparge Heater. It is worth the extra money as it maintains the sparge temperature at what ever level needed. I love the system. It is best for small 5 gallon batches which is what I prefer.
The Grainfather - Sparge Water Heater (4.8 Gallons)
The Grainfather - Sparge Water Heater (4.8 Gallons)
Do you need a fermenter?
A shopper on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but a fermenter can be any sanitary container with an airlock. I use an 8 gal brew bucket with an airlock for primary fermentation and a 6 gallon carboy for secondary fermentation. Grainfather has a tuned up electric fermenter, you do not need it by any means.
Is the heating element made of food grade stainless steel?
A shopper on Nov 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The heating element is built into the base of the kettle, it does not protrude. The inside of the kettle is flat stainless steel, the wall of the kettle has the male connector for the pump filter and the thermometer plug in. I cannot answer is the element is food grade stainless, but I can say the only thing the wort will touch that is not stainless is the silicone connectors or tubes as it circulates.
Going to purchase the grainfather what else should I bye any recommendations ?
Tyler R on Mar 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Look for David Heath on YouTube- he has excellent tutorials on the GF and some little hacks here and there to get the best out of your system.
You’ll need a fermenter obvi ( I have the gf conical fermenter- it’s amazing) you’ll also need standees brew equipment - paddle , thermometers, hydrometer- etc
If your getting 110v I recommend getting the grain coat - to help the pot boil and maintain boil - I’m going to get one before my next brew - and I’m brewing in New Orleans - so if your up north deff get the coat. You might want a Thruometer for the counterflow chiller to measure temp going to the fermenter.
This system is pretty self sufficient. Check put the videos on YouTube
So if I buy this what other equipment do I need to buy?
Tyler R on Feb 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can buy as little or as much as you want. Once you start brewing all grain you can continue to ferment in a fridge if that is what you are currently doing or you can purchase a grainfather fermenter.

I purchased the fermenter as well and it's great but pricy to get them both at the same time. My response assumes that you are currently bewing extract kits on the stove and fermenting in the fridge. If that's not the case you may want to start there before jumping into all grain. It's much cheaper and you can determine if you like it or not before forking out there cash for a grainfather or braumeister.
Does the grainfather run on 110volt?
A shopper on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The US version does. It takes a bit to heat up but it streamlines the brewing process.
is this compatable with Android devices?
Mark E on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My understanding is that they have not yet released their new version of the software for Android. I believe it was still in Beta. Supposedly the original release of the Android software was not great, so they have been redesigning it. I'm anxiously awaiting a final working version also as I just purchased a Grainfather myself. Some people have reported the old existing version works though, so it's worth a shot.
Has anyone had issues with using this mash thickness calculation instead of going with a recipes mash thickness? Curious as to why they use this calulation and how, if at all, it would affect a brew.
A shopper on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I purchased my Grainfather in May 2017. I have done several bruise using it. I Have never had a problem using the calculations provided with my Grainfather. The reason the calculations are different is because your mash is submerged in basically the hot liquor tank, and there is approximately 3 to4 inches of water under your mash and the water that surrounds the mash vessel that must be compensated for. My grainfather is the best brewing investment that I have ever made! I highly recommend it.
So all you have to do is add your ingredients and it brews it then you send to the fermenter?
Tyler R on Feb 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. It is a lot more hands on than that.

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