It's an interesting device and I see where it has its role for people who care more about the recipe creation and final product over the actual brewing process. Personally, I like having a greater level of flexibility than what the product offers so it wouldn't be a good fit for me.
Is this the product that doesn't reach an actual boil? That's the only thing I am suspicious about.
+1. Not for me. Getting my hands on the process is kind of the whole point for me.
Like many who start to automate with controllers and RIMS/HERMS, I'm looking to have a repeatable process. With this in place, I can concentrate on recipe dial in and fermentation control.
Also, as I'm getting tired of lifting kettles and the cleaning required. So, I'm searching for something to fit these requirements and there are a few options I'm considering.
I'm trying to weigh each option objectively and not dismiss the Zymatic outright.
As far as the Zymatic, I have limited info so far.
Based on what I can find online, here are the pros and cons for me:
Ease of use, less lifting
Control mash temps and stages
Ease of cleaning
Considering the automation, price isn't that bad. I've done the pricing on several other systems DIY and pre built. This isn't really out of the park.
I don't know where the boil takes place and how well it vents.
I don't know if 208F really is sufficient
I don't know how one would thoroughly clean and sanitize the system ( other than the drawer ).
I'm not sure on batch size and the top gravity I could reach.
If anyone has these answers, please share them. I would really like to get Annie's input as she has used it.
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