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Old 01-30-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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OK I am set on spending the cash on a system and can't weld, don't have time for the build, and want the easy route.

I can not decide between a Brew Magic system or the 1550 tippy dump with full digital from B3. The difference between the 2 are not much with shipping but I just cant decide. Anyone have any pro's and cons between them. I have searched, read and am still undecided. Thanks ahead of time

 
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:39 AM   #2
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Either one will make beer as good as you are able.

Both are excellent systems. Best bet is to locate one close and do a brew in with the Owner. That is what sealed the deal for me on my decision.

I personally chose the BM because there were some things that did not "wow" me about the B3. And, at the time of my purchase, the B3 was not fitted with QD's where the BM was fitted with tri-clamps.


 
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:40 AM   #3
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What level of automation do they have? What is the complete price for the B3? I know the Brew Magic is pretty straight forward with pricing, the B3 has endless options.

My system is for sale, and I think is less $$.

$4k

 
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If it were me, I would go with the brew magic. A few microbreweries use them as pilot systems. Sabco is a solid company. Although their products are on the expensive side, they are high quality (Tri Clover fittings, plumbed with Stainless Steel etc.) with good support. I am not as familiar with the B3 system. The other diference is that the Brew Magic System is a RIMS and the B3 system is a HERMS.
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If it were me, I would go with the brew magic. A few microbreweries use them as pilot systems. Sabco is a solid company. Although their products are on the expensive side, they are high quality (Tri Clover fittings, plumbed with Stainless Steel etc.) with good support. I am not as familiar with the B3 system. The other diference is that the Brew Magic System is a RIMS and the B3 system is a HERMS.
IIRC, Stone and Rogue pilot on a B3.

Several pilot on a BM including Dog Fish Head.

 
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What level of automation do they have? What is the complete price for the B3? I know the Brew Magic is pretty straight forward with pricing, the B3 has endless options.

My system is for sale, and I think is less $$.

$4k
Have you brewed anything yet to prove your concept works?
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Have you brewed anything yet to prove your concept works?
No, thus the wink...??

 
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:01 AM   #8
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I am being quoted $5436 shipped from B3 for a 1550 with full digital, digital pilot, whirlpool chiller, and boil kettle screen. Sabco is $5703 shipped for the Brew Magic. I am leaning more towards the Brew Magic because of the tri-clover fittings, hard plumbed, its one and done without countless options like the B3. I guess I need to really decide if I want HERMS in 12 weeks or RIMS in 8 weeks

 
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:03 AM   #9
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I vote RIMS in 8 weeks

 
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