Blichmann Engineering's simple-to-use BrewEasy system is an ultra-compact all-grain brewing system that offers ramping, as with a traditional RIMS system, yet the simplicity of a brew-in-a-bag system. It also eliminates the need for sparging, saving you a ton of time in the process. The 2 kettle recirculation infusion mash system (called Kettle-RIMS) also eliminates the need for a HLT (hot liquor tank) that you'll find with traditional 3-tier systems, while giving you ultra clear wort courtesy of it's recirculation process.
To start your brew day, all you need to do is simply add about half of your water into the bottom kettle (boil kettle) and the rest in your upper kettle (mash tun). Next, you'll set your AutoSparge, turn on the pump and add heat, then sit back as it recirculates from the boil kettle to your mash tun, and back into the boil kettle. Once dough-in temperature is reached, simply turn off the pump and add in your malts. The easy ramping process, through several temperature rests is as easy as simply turning on your burner. Once the mash is complete, turn off the pump, and you'll drain all the wort from your mash tun into the boil kettle.
- 20 Gallon BoilerMaker boil kettle (lower kettle)
- 15 Gallon BoilerMaker mash tun (upper kettle)
- AutoSparge for mash tun
- False bottom for mash tun
- BoilCoil electric heating element
- March 815 Pump
- Electric Tower of Power Control Module
- Tower of Power Stand
After a couple months of use of the BrewEasy 10 gal electric Turnkey (Full Top) system, here's my take....
--The system is relatively automated. Controller does a nice job of controlling heat.
--Super compact. This system fits into my tight garage, and takes MUCH LESS space than my prior three vessel igloo cooler, and two kettles. This is nice!
--Repeatable brewing - There are fewer variables, so it’s easier to brew same beer time after time should you want to.
THE NOT SO GOOD:
--Instructions: The included instructions are for individual components only. I received no fewer than 11 instruction booklets for all the individual items, and no comprehensive manual for putting the whole system together. I believe is unprecedented, and unacceptable for a consumer focused system. Additionally, the instructions were incomplete in several areas (esp the Tower of Power controller).
--Design: While generally, the fit and finish is excellent (except item described below), there is a significant design flaw in the toggle switch of the Tower of Power.
-------When the toggle switch is set to ON the the element is heating, but the LED “heat” indicator does not turn on unless the set temperature is lower than the actual temperature. To repeat, when the toggle switch is ON, the heating element is receiving power, but the red LED indicator showing “heat” is OFF under certain conditions- Why? (This caused me to significantly overshoot my mash temp b/c it kept heating without indicating that the coil was on).
-------While there are several mounting brackets for the optional Therminator plate chiller, a follow-up email to Blichmann revealed that there is no way to mount the chiller onto the Turnkey Kit (Full Tower) system. Disappointing. :(
-------The Low Level Float Switch is an optional safety component that prevents your coil from getting fried when the boil kettle water level gets too low. This *absolutely* should have be included in the stock system rather than be a needed option.
--Quality control: I received the system with a misaligned valve system on the control tower. The Riptide pump leaked, and had to be returned. (two strikes). On both accounts, Blichmann support was less than stellar.
--Efficiency: Because you’re sparging with the wort instead of water like I used in my prior 3 vessel system, the volume loss in the mash tun is the actual good stuff. I dropped in efficiency from 70% to 68% (67.5% if i’m going to be honest) with the BrewEasy. Not a huge deal.
All this to say, the customer service at Homebrew Supply was highly responsive - though I would have liked an offer to exchange the Riptide pump without having to perform numerous fruitless troubleshooting steps. Unfortunately, the reputation of Blichmann as the stellar design wizards has lost its shine.
Would I buy it again - probably, because I have limited space in my garage. But otherwise, I’d have some serious buyer’s remorse.
I ordered the 10 gallon full TOP electric BewEasy system from Homebrew Supply and it was delivered ahead of schedule with all pieces perfectly intact.
I just assembled the system this weekend, which was surprisingly quick and easy. The different components have their own instruction manuals, but once you pull everything out and begin to piece it all together it's relatively intuitive.
The equipment all seems very well constructed and made from high grade materials. I envision I'll be brewing on this system for many years to come.