I haven't seen one yet, so you bring up some good points.
1) I do like that it sits on a table. I can fab one from 2X4s and have a place underneath to store my malt mill, etc. I'll make sure it's heavy duty enough to hold 17 gal X 3. Besides, you don't have to put it on a table if you don't want to. If I put it on a table, I can gravity feed my wheeled conical which is 32" high. A brew magic looks only tall enough to gravity feed a carboy (right?) and you can't change that without using a pump. The brewmation is 26" high and the BK outlet valve is about 10" up from there, so long story short (hehe
) I can have the brewmation kettles no taller than 4' high and still gravity feed my conical from the outlet. That's much shorter than a brewmagic which still needs a step stool to fill with grain.
2) I'll have to bring that up to him about the pumps and plastic- good point. I wonder though how long do march pumps last on average in comparison? Don't know. Maybe he's gotten some feedback and could change the pumps to silicone tubing? I'll ask.
3) Stainless kitchen sinks last forever (at least in my history) and that's with cleaning pots in them and banging them around. I'll check it out, but I don't know if I think that's a big issue considering that the heating elements are inside the kettles and you don't have to worry about scorching from a direct flame thru a thin all. Just take more care when cleaning not to bang them around. Wonder if the gauge stainless is any thinner than say a blichmann kettle? I know they're not so thick.
4) I have a 220 plug inside my apartment just hanging there waiting to be used by something.
I am still looking for someone who owns one on this board and was going to post the question soon before I buy. Thanks for your insight.
Questions for you:
Did you see the fully automated rig in action? All the vids are of the semi-auto. I wonder if it's worth $800 more. The full auto truly is set-it-and-forget-it brewing, but I just wonder how flexible the programming is for doing double batches, multiple step mash rests, and other tricks. The guy says he does side by side batches all the time, but I just have to check out the control box and fiddle with it.
Also, I wonder how the floating recirc and sparging compares to the swirling action that a BM recirc sees. Prob not too much an issue, but still a question.
Anyhoo, if it's full automation that you are after, you will spend much more money with a BM or a full B3 rig than the brewmation and I think that the brewmation is even more automated than they are. Also, to me, the brewmagic looks hard to clean with all that hard piping etc. But I don't have one so I don't really know.
Peace. I'll post when I go check it out myself.