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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.

Manufacturer's Instructional Booklet

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.
Additional Information
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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
3 months ago
Works well , but buyer Beware
This system work well and I bought mine to replace loads of pots and kettles for all grain brewing. First clean went well, and the first brew started out good until i noticed hot wort dripping down the top of the pump pipe. After mash and sparge was complete pulled apart ball valve at top and found the silicone O ring cut in half from a factory over torque. I called Grainfather directly and asked for support, unfortunately I bought my system through Northern Brewer and they only offer support directly from Grainfather IF you buy directly from them. So now I have to call Northern brewer and wait for them to send me a set of new O rings. Northern Brewer had no idea as to where to get the parts so I supplied info to them that several websites /brew supply places had them. Eventually after a 2~3 week wait I had parts. So be warned that issues with warranty are NOT from the company but through Northern Brewer. As far as the efficiency of the grainfather it is great. However I had to contact Northern i believe , twice to remind them about my parts. Leaking hot wort is not what I expect on a brand new machine. I really can't say as of yet if there will be more issues but I feel that this information should be disclosed openly about the warranty before you buy a 1,000 dollar piece of equipment. Northern was nice about the issue but the lag time for parts was not good.
October 15, 2017
Makes great beer, but issues with chiller.
Produces great beer, but the counterflow chiller is prone to clogging with hop material which is frustrating, but my beer tastes way better and that's what counts. Have obtained a hop spider to address this issue, but haven't had a chance to try it use it. Would recommend for recirculation of wort which increases efficiency & ability to brew indoors w/o gas and in any weather.
September 22, 2017
8 months ago
Automated Brewing without taking the Brewing out of it!
Dont waste your time on a "coffee maker" that takes out all the enjoyment of brewing out of the process. The GrainFather is solidly built and gives the ability to automate your brew day with the GF App. Compact in design, its easy to move around as needed. Parts can be easily replaced as time goes on. This is undoubtedly the absolutely best money I have ever invested in brewing gear. Stay away from cheap imitations. Not to call them out right here but you know who they are. Tons of videos out there on how to brew with the GF.
August 22, 2017
5 months ago
Outstanding! The Grainfather is intuitive and the design is really smart. Will save me a few shelves worth of space in my garage once I get rid of all the brew kettles and mash tun. The connect app keeps everything from the recipe running through my iPhone. Love it!
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August 12, 2017
6 months ago
Why did I wait so long?!
I had been reading reviews and on the fence for a couple years, but decided to pull the trigger last month and get a Grainfather. Setup was simple and the connect system is so easy to use. I brewed my first batch in just over 4 hours and had time to run out to the brew shop and get another recipe. The next day, I brewed again. Two more brew sessions the next weekend. I know...lots of brewing, but, there's a huge family camping trip coming up and I need at least four 5 gal kegs to keep everyone hydrated. The point is, the Grainfather makes your brew day simple and more efficient. Less gear, less lifting, and more precision with temps and timing. I'm averaging 4.5 hours from starting my session to sitting down with a brew after clean-up. Save up and get one!!
August 10, 2017
6 months ago
Works extremely well.
The grainfather worked just liked it says. It is easy to operate after your first brew, and it has no problem boiling. This may be a later version, because I had no issues with boiling or any of the hardware.
August 3, 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.
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.
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.

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