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Steve
Tigermoth wrote:



Just had a look on that site, I see they have run out of jackets for the unit, I made my own out of a thin yoga mat and some velcro strips...


I’m not going to ask 😂
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GHW
AdrianDBW wrote:


Sailing close to the wind there seeing as I already called mine the 'Boil-o-matic'... 

boil o matic.jpg 


Damn! I’m sure the ‘5000’ will make it distinctive enough
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Hops_and_Dreams
After many years of grain brewing when I was little, the old man has been brewing kit beer for the last few years.

He's wanted to go back to grain, but not got around to it. Text me last night to say he's investing in a GF.

Another convert.
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Clibit
Hops_and_Dreams wrote:
After many years of grain brewing when I was little, the old man has been brewing kit beer for the last few years.

He's wanted to go back to grain, but not got around to it. Text me last night to say he's investing in a GF.

Another convert.


You can have family brewing competitions. 
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Hops_and_Dreams
Clibit wrote:


You can have family brewing competitions. 

I'm not sure little bro has made his first brew yet. I'll have to encourage him!
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Steve
Hops_and_Dreams wrote:
After many years of grain brewing when I was little, the old man has been brewing kit beer for the last few years.

He's wanted to go back to grain, but not got around to it. Text me last night to say he's investing in a GF.

Another convert.


Do you not share?
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Tigermoth
Hops_and_Dreams wrote:
After many years of grain brewing when I was little, the old man has been brewing kit beer for the last few years.

He's wanted to go back to grain, but not got around to it. Text me last night to say he's investing in a GF.

Another convert.


He wont regret it. My dad used to brew from kits too and he tried to fool me with his brews but I think he used to burn the extract a bit and they all tasted the same and I think he got a bit upset about it when I told him so..........he stopped brewing in the end as him and my brother were drinking too much of it.......rest his soul but he did get me into brewing in the first place and some of the stuff we brewed was pretty awful in hind site but that was back in 1960's and I was only a teenager learning off his old man!!!! 
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Hops_and_Dreams
Steve wrote:


Do you not share?

No.
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PeterPi
GHW wrote:
If it had a camera that I could keep an eye on the mash and boil I could literally brew from the sofa


I know this post is nearly two years old, and may be tongue in cheek, but I've got a couple of these, and for £21.00 you can't go wrong.  https://tinyurl.com/y774ksn7 
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DK
Just come across this thread, new here, and thought I would add my views. After brewing 3V since the 1970's I decide to by one last year. At last years Brewcon I did compare a few and thought the GF looked a better build plus talking to Rob Neal, the maltmiller, he let me know the following week was black Friday and he would be heavily discounting. One reason for buying was as I am now 64 and my old systems did involve a degree of lifting and I must say the GF has made that a lot easier. The big plus for me was this was the only unit that had a counterflow chiller, all  my previous attempts to buy one only led to America and with shipping would have cost at least £100, and I must say the chiller is fantastic 15mins to cool. I must admit up to now I have worked it manually and my next step is to connect to my phone which seems quit straight forward. I do love the GF the only thing I don't like is the screw connections for the chiller and arm so will replace those for camlocks, eventually.
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GHW

Ha, thanks peter. I don’t recall posting that. Of course, since they launched the Grainfather connect you pretty much Can brew from the sofa and Steve often does.

i like my gf but do also love doing a 10L stovetop brew.

the grainfather is a huge improvement on my old biab setup for larger (>10L batches). @DK be careful with the counterflow, it’s a great piece of kit in terms of getting your wort in to the fv at pitching temp, but a few people including myself have held it as the main suspect for a series of infections. It’s very difficult to dry after use. I now put boiling water through it for 20min or so before using (in addition to the recommended cleaning). Haven’t had any issues since doing this.

i agree the screw connections aren’t great, they tend to twist the cables. Also the finish on a lot of the components is a bit rough, I’ve cut myself on it about 100 different ways.

I also didn’t pay full price for mine, got it second hand hardly used, for £300. Not sure I’d pay full whack, but I do enjoy using it.

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Hops_and_Dreams
+1 for chiller problems. Had mine about 18 months and have had 3 or 4 bad batches. Think I only had 1 in the 4 or so years previously. 

Solved it similarly to G, oxi clean after use, then grainfather cleaner and a 20min plain water boil through on brew day. Will ditch the grainfather cleaner when it's all gone and just use oxi for both. The extra cleaning kinda negates the time saving for the rest of the brewing unfortunately. 
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GHW
Just do the boil through. It’s less of a faff than a full clean and rinse.
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