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Grainfather G40
« on: February 11, 2022, 01:34:13 pm »
It took a long time to have the 220v outlet installed, but it's done and I was able to play around with this thing today in preparation for brewing tomorrow.

I'm interested to see how well the bottom plate filter works with free floating pellet hops.  I saw a video on Youtube of someone brewing with 13 oz. of pellets and pumping super clear wort to the fermentor.  Gonna start with 3 oz. and see how it goes...



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Re: Grainfather G40
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2022, 03:51:29 pm »
The filter works briliiantly. I use nothing but loose pellets.  The filter doesn't clog and you get clear wort coming out. The pump is powerful enpugh that I can pump 6 feet across the floor and another 6 up to fill the fermenter.

Is the sparge ring in the bottom yours or have they started shipping them with the unit? I just lay the hose on top for recirc.  Then I batch sparge...as much as I can.
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Re: Grainfather G40
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2022, 04:29:14 pm »
Is the sparge ring in the bottom yours or have they started shipping them with the unit?

It didn't come with the Grainfather.  I bought it from SS Brewtech. 
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Re: Grainfather G40
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2022, 04:55:20 pm »
Is the sparge ring in the bottom yours or have they started shipping them with the unit?

It didn't come with the Grainfather.  I bought it from SS Brewtech.

Ah.  Kinda doubt you'll need it, but I'll be interested to see what you think.  Maybe try the first brew without it so that if yiu discover you dont need it you can send it back?
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Re: Grainfather G40
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2022, 07:54:08 pm »
Well, that was an incredibly simple, enjoyable, and fast (I saved about 30 minutes over my typical process) brew day.  I was able to ramp the mash from 148° to 162° in seven minutes and from 162° to 170° in three minutes.  Total time from 170° to boiling was only 19 minutes.

And the filter plate works great.  With my old kettle, I'd have to leave behind almost .75 of a gallon to keep trub out of the fermentor, but with the G40 I only had to leave a bit more than a quart.

I also got a slight efficiency bump of 2%.

I did employ a filter bag during the mash which resulted in crystal clear pre-boil wort.

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Re: Grainfather G40
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2022, 12:49:12 pm »
The first batch was good but not great; although, I’m really happy with how the second batch turned out. 

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Re: Grainfather G40
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2022, 03:27:39 pm »
It certainly looks good.

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Grainfather G40
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2022, 04:58:29 pm »
Is the sparge ring in the bottom yours or have they started shipping them with the unit?

It didn't come with the Grainfather.  I bought it from SS Brewtech.
I use the same recirculating ring. I like how it distributes the wort across the grain bed. Who knows if it makes a difference but it gives me a warm fuzzy.

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Re: Grainfather G40
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2022, 08:08:32 am »
Is the sparge ring in the bottom yours or have they started shipping them with the unit?

It didn't come with the Grainfather.  I bought it from SS Brewtech.
I use the same recirculating ring. I like how it distributes the wort across the grain bed. Who knows if it makes a difference but it gives me a warm fuzzy.

Considering I get perfect results without it, it seems like it's for reassurance not beer quality.
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