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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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Grainfather Pre-Orders Will Be Shipped in Mid-May of 2018

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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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This was an offer I couldn’t refuse...
I absolutely love the ability to brew indoors. I’ve realized that there are few really good outdoor brewing days in Iowa. The grainfather lets me not only brew inside, but keeps my space free of giant brewing supplies that suck to clean. Girlfriend approved! Plus, it makes the most glorious air freshener!
The connection an app support is also great. It’s not quite “set it and forget it” but I like having automatic timers and control in the palm of my hand.
I’m surprised at how well the counter flow chiller works. I get immediately pitchable wort every time.

My only complaints:
- slow heating compared to a burner
- sparging still sucks-pouring over by hand doesn’t work well for me, so I’m still stuck using a burner, kettle and hot liquor tank elevated above. It would be great to be able to route hot sparge water through the recirculation pump and go right over the grain. This would be a tough design but a guy can wish.
- it’s expensive
- the pump has clogged a couple times. Use a hop bag!
- the chiller is a little clunky and tubes are too short for me.
- no handles to lift it
Cheers to indoor brewing!
Cheers to indoor brewing!
May 9, 2018
1 month ago
Easy clean up!
First brew was a success. Easy clean up and tear down. Well worth the money.
May 6, 2018
1 month ago
Grain Mesh Filters
The Grainfather has been great with the exception of the two mesh grain filters. The gaskets that come with two grain mesh filters keep rolling off the edges when I try to put them in the grain basket.
April 25, 2018
2 months ago
Future A.F.
I'm new to brewing. In fact, I'm so new to brewing that until I bought a Grainfather I had never brewed before. These guys have taken all of the best parts of brewing (making beer) and coupled them with the technology that a lot of people possess to create a happy medium. You don't necessarily need to know the absolute technicalities to brew delicious beer. I realize this eliminates some of the exclusivity that homebrewers have been able to garner for some time - sorry. The bluetooth connect feature allows you to use others recipes or build your own, all while doing the tedious calculations that tend to scare neophytes.
For me, the Grainfather system was about footprint and efficiency. With the GF connect and GF conical fermentor, I have an entire brewhouse in the area of 4 square feet. No fire, no problem- you can brew inside which is great if you live where it gets oppressively hot or cold seasonally (ie not California).
for the US version (110v) I highly recommend getting the grain coat to aid in insulating the kettle and speed up boil times. I would say this is maybe GF's largest downfall the 110v US version- 8 gallons takes a min to boil Y'all
I've made 3 beers, each one was a heart-pounding adventure where I thought I screwed everything up each time, everyone has come out perfect!
Find: David Heath on youtube and watch his immense library of GF brewing videos. He has all the tips, cheats and hacks to get the very best out of your GF brew system.
Bottom line- if you have the money, no space, need to brew inside and love the tech side things- the Grainfather is for you.
Taking it to the limit-8 gallons - called for 21.5 pounds of grain the GF max is 19.8-still worked!
Grain basket on top, ready to sparge
GF on the back porch about to crack into brew day- yes, my house is purple ;)
March 28, 2018
5 months ago
The grainfather arrived with out a blimish, which was a miracle as the carton had two holes in it, on opposite sides of the carton. A testimony to who every packaged it? I have made one batch and everything works as advertised. This is a big step forward for me. I now have total control of my mash temperatures and very easy to boil and cool. Clean up was a breeze. I do recommend this to all you. Control freaks out there.
March 27, 2018
2 months ago
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
8 months ago
I like the ability to closely monitor my brewing. The connect helps greatly
March 12, 2018
9 months ago
Great experience... All worked as expected. Doing all grain stuff now!!
March 8, 2018
3 months 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
4 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
5 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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