Bumping the thread because I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on a BrewEasy system.
How are the beers coming out? Everyone has talked about the process and the system, but the bottom line is does it make great beer?
Of course. I count about 18 batches that I've brewed on mine. The last six or so were done with a Tower of Power controller added, and I love it. But it's no different than any other system, in that it only makes wort as good as your ingredients, recipe, and attention to mash parameters allow. Then it's still up to you to control the fermentation parameters for your chosen yeast to do its thing.
This weekend's brew was a good 8 hour day, but it was a lengthy mash, and I also lost about 15 minutes looking for and measuring out my first hop addition when the timer went off (and which I neglected to do in advance), and couldn't find the ones I wanted. I used the Top Link software to send a continuous-rising 1:50 mash profile to the TOP controller from 113-162° (with a 10 minute rest at 148) then a mash-out at 168.
BTW, Sunday's Brew Year's Saison saw a calculated 72% efficiency which was much higher than my usual 64%. It might be the water adjustments I made for this batch with the help of Bru'n Water, and the extended mash over a wide temperature range. (Recipe is 75% Belgian Pilsener and 25% Munich malts...never used Munich in a Saison before but I had it on hand and was looking for a little more color and malt flavor, so WTF.) Gravity is down from 1.066 to 1.022 after just two days, with a combination charge of WLP565 and Belle Saison yeasts. I've been ramping it up from 68° at pitching to a current 80, and on its way to 85 tonight.https://www.thebeerbug.com/main/index.php?id=20000c2a690a323b
(The ambient temp graph is erratic because I'm not using the BeerBut's immersion temperature probe. My Ranco temp controller is controlling a heater that surrounds my fermenter, but the BeerBug is exposed to room temp air so it's not showing the actual wort temp. (I'll eventually drill another hole in my conical's lid that lets me add the BeerBug's temperature probe at the same time I'm using the Ranco and a thermowell. The gravity and alcohol graphs tell the picture.)