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Author Topic: Robobrew in the States  (Read 367 times)

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Robobrew in the States
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:19:15 AM »
Hi guys,

Got a buddy of mine starting up the hobby and we are talking about what he would like his brewing system to look like.  One of the options he's looking at that I'm also intrigued about is the Robobrew system that is being sold at one of the nearby LHBSs.  We are here in the midwest of the U.S. and the system runs on a 110v outlet with a 20 amp breaker. 

Has anyone used this system and would they recommend it?  It seems like it's well designed and it's at a great price point.  The only thing i'm concerned about is what this will do to our electric bills.  I'm assuming that outside of the initial outlay, cost of operation will be a bit more expensive than running propane or natural gas burners.

Thoughts?  Recommendations?

Thanks in advance.  Cheers!  17!

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Re: Robobrew in the States
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 11:54:24 AM »
i have a GrainFather, its 120v and it works great. I would suggest one of these systems to anyone who wants to do all grain but has limited space. Strat(R.I.P.) gave me the final nudge to buy the GrainFather.
you and your friend probably watched some youtube videos on guys brewing with a Robobrew, but if you havent check some out. they helped me a lot on my choice.
keep me posted on what you guys decide.
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Re: Robobrew in the States
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 05:00:38 AM »
With that setup you will see a max output at 2.200 watts, which is not bad at all. It is a bit easier to control temps with such a system, not to mention the convenience of having a all-in-one system that lets you mash and boil in the same vessel. You save space and have all the good things that comes out of a system with recirculation to help your efficiency, graded inside of the wall for ease of mesurement, a malt pipe that shortens your time from mash to sparge to boil and an immersion chiller to help you get down to pitching temp fast and easy. For the price of $349 (at morebeer.com) I wouldn't hesitate to pick up one of those. I would make some insulation for it to help contain the heat and thus save the amount of power used and to ensure a nice rolling boil. I'm about to make some for my boil kettle out of a sleeping pad.

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Re: Robobrew in the States
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2018, 07:45:37 AM »
for the electric cost, its not that bad at all.
when you mash on the grainfather you are not using the full wattage of the element.
it also cycles while you mash. so for an hour of mashing figure 600w.
then the boil uses full wattage 1600w.
I really havent noticed my bill go up since using it. I brew with it maybe 2-3 times a month.
what i did notice raising my bill was the 3 kegerators running  :D 2 small fridges and one regular fridge for my beer hobby :)  plus i already have 2 fridges and a freezer for normal stuff.
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Re: Robobrew in the States
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2018, 08:59:34 AM »
Gash Slugg has a heap of robobrew vids on his channel. very informative. 17.
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Re: Robobrew in the States
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 12:17:47 PM »
Thank you guys for all the good information.  Love watching the vids but frankly, your input is very important and encouraging.  Lets see what my buddy wants to do for his first set up. 
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