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The Braumeister Plus models feature a welded jacket, eliminating the need for a separate wort chiller. These jackets have 1" male threading, and aside from cooling, also serve as additional insulation to help you during heating. The jacket also opens the door for using the Braumeister as a temperature controlled fermenter—see the video below. A Dump Valve tap has been added to the base of the unit to make emptying and cleaning that much easier as well.
The control panel showcases a large LED screen, allowing for easier recipe viewing and manipulation, as well as a memory bank to actually store recipes for future brews.
Advantages of the Braumeister
First, the system has a small footprint and is powered by electricity, allowing you to brew inside, in a confined space, without the inherent dangers of using an open flame. Secondly, this unit is very easy to use as you mash the grain and then boil the wort in the same vessel. We also love the automation and control. Before you brew you set the controller with the different temperatures you wish to attain (advice is given on what to set) and the built-in heating element and pump do the rest. The Braumeister is especially ideal for step-mashing, which many brewers think is the preferred way to brew lager beers.
Walking Through the Brew Process
On Brew Day, you are going to assemble your Braumeister with the mash tub and bottom screen. You will fill the unit with filtered water to a notch on the center post - easy. The controller reads in °C or °F, and you can set it to different temperatures you wish to reach. Advice is given in the manual. When your water is the correct temperature, a beep alerts you to add grain. Stir in your grain, lock down the top screen (so now there is a screen on the bottom and the top) and start the mash. During the mash wort is constantly recirculated through the grain bed from the bottom up, reverse of most all-in-one systems. The liquid wort flows up through the mash and then cascades down between the mash tub and the outer wall of the Braumeister. There it is collected by the pump and pushed back through the mash. When the mash is complete, another beep will alert you to remove the entire mash tub, which sets on top of the Braumeister to drain for a period of time. At this point you can choose to rinse the mash with hot water or to just add water directly the wort. Push another button and the boil starts and will run for however long you program it. When the boil stops, begin chilling your wort.
What About Efficiency?
This was our main question because with the Braumeister you are skipping a traditional sparge. The continual recirculation of wort during the mash results in a satisfactory efficiency.
Disadvantages of the Braumeister
You need to have a source of 220V power and the ability to adapt the European plug to North American 220V (we recommend a certified electrician). If you have that then using electricity can become an advantage. Because of size constraints of the mash tub the largest starting gravity beer you can brew is between 1.060 to 1.065. You can always add DME to the boil for an occasional big beer brew.
Buy a Braumeister for the following reasons:
- Space is a concern
- You want to brew "all-grain" inside your house and have access to 220V power
- Simplicity and ease-of-use is important
- You are particularly interested in Lager Beers and want to step mash
- You don't make a lot of high-gravity beers, and are willing to add a little DME when you do
Technical Specifications for 50L Braumeister:
- These units require a 220-230V connection. You should plan on hiring an electrician to install the proper socket and to wire on the appropriate plug.
- Produces 53L of wort, which is about 50L of finished beer
- Controllers can store up to ten recipes for easy repeat brewing!
- 3,200-watt built-in heating capacity
- (2) 23-watt pumps
- 230V (protection at least 16 amp), 50-60Hz
- Max Grain Capacity: 26.5 lbs
- Max Fill Level: 55L (Upper Marking on Center Rod)
- 27.5" H x 19.75" Ø
- 53 lbs