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Old 01-08-2014, 02:14 AM   #1
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Default 3-in-1 "Boil Kettle, Jacketed Chiller, Conical Fermenter" by Brewha

Well, I haven't seen anything on this specific topic.

I've had a 120v HERMS mash system for a over a year now but have been using propane for the boil.

Recently, I've been looking to go electric on my brew kettle. Through that search, I discovered the 3-in-1 "Boil Kettle, Jacketed Chiller, Conical Fermenter" by Brewha. I've seen nothing on the forum yet either debating its design, or any posts from early adopters. It seems amazingly promising.

Check it out:

http://brewha.co/products/3-in-1

Long story short, I decided to pull the trigger on it, so mine is "in the mail" as they say.

I'll periodically update my experiences (which are hopefully excellent) for general consumption of the community. Wish me luck!

Cheers,

Mike

Full Disclosure: I have no private or public interest in Breha or its products. My post is simply for information purposes only.

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Old 01-08-2014, 12:02 PM   #2
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That is a fancy piece of kit.

Are you to complete the boil, chill with the jacket, pitch yeast, and wait for primary to finish all in the same vessel?

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Old 01-08-2014, 12:29 PM   #3
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Throw a bag in it and either through the element or the jacket maintain mash and it's a one stop shop. Maybe that's what is already intended not sure. When thinking about hot break and cold break and other parts that are typically left behind I thought maybe this was not good to use same vessel but I think it would work out just fine. Last question, does it bottle? Jk.

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That is some serious bling. Did you get any of the accessories, like the controller and elements? Or are you DIY-ing those bits?

They cover cooling fermentation pretty well, but I'm curious how you'd handle raising fermentation temps. Would you use the immersed heating element? (Since most two-stage controllers are 120v, you'd probably need to swap out the 240v element from the boil for a separate 120v element.) And would an immersed element scorch the fermentation, since you wouldn't have anything to stir the wort/beer? Or would you put a mixing valve on the jacket inlet and run domestic hot water through the jacket via a second solenoid valve?

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This is pretty cool. I too wonder about heating during fermentation. Maybe you could DIY a controller and mixing valve to pump heat and/or cooled liquid through the jacket? It'd also limit you to brew/fermenting one beer at a time.

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assuming it comes with valves and clamps, it's a good price even if it's just a 16 gallon jacketed fermeter.

one problem I can see is rust with a heating element submerged in liquid for weeks at a time.

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if it's fully stainless steel, rust should be no problem.
This thing is pretty rad though, after brewing, let it settle and chill for a few hours and dump the trub out the bottom and no sanitation concerns with xfering. love it!

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if it's fully stainless steel, rust should be no problem.

The base of the element itself is not stainless, so it will rust unless you coat it in silicon or put in a sacrificial anode. I don't know that anyone has tried either approach in a fermenter.
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I wouldn't want my brew kettle tied up for weeks with fermenting beer in it. But that's just me.

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I wouldn't want my brew kettle tied up for weeks with fermenting beer in it. But that's just me.
I agree, but if it can hold pressure you could go that route and speed things up some.
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