Braumeister V2 - 50 L
The Braumeister is an all-in-one, electric all-grain brewing system. Made by our long time business associate Speidel of Germany. The Braumeister features an automation and ease of use that is unparalleled in brewing all-grain beer at home. Plus we love the quality of beer produced on these machines.
New 2015 Model
On top of all the features that Braumeisters are known and loved for, 2015 has brought an update to the user interface on these units. The new 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. Speidel has also been planning for the future with these new control panels. Aside from immediate benefits, there is hardware to support WiFi control and other functionality that will be released as software updates to existing units.
Advantages of the Braumeister
First the system is small in footprint and powered by electricity allowing you to brew inside, in a confined space, without the fear of carbon monoxide gas from a flame source. 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. Based on the results of lagers we have brewed on this machine, we agree.
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, 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 typical 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. You program the length of the boil. When the boil stops insert your wort chiller and cool.
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 230 v power (and the ability to adapt the European plug to North American 230 v, 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 concern
- You want to brew "all-grain" inside your house and have access to 230 v
- 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:
- Braumeisters require a 230 v connection and you should plan to have an electrician install a socket and then wire on the appropriate plug
- Produces 53 L/14 Gal of Wort resulting in about 50L/13 Gal of finished beer
- 2015 Controllers can store up to ten recipes for easy rebrewing!
- 53 lbs
- 3200 Watt built in heating capacity
- 2 x 23 Watt pump
- 230V (protection at least 16 amp), 50-60Hz
- 27.5 inches tall
- 19.75 inches in diameter
- 26.45 lb max qty of malt
- Max Fill Level = 55 L (Upper Marking on Center Rod)
Questions & AnswersAsk a Question
How many gallons can you brew with this system? Also, what is the max grain capacity?
Max capacity is 8 gallons, with 19.8 lbs of grain. Final batch size up to 6 gallons.
What is the smallest batch size the grainfather can do?
It doesn't really specify how small of a batch you can do but you do have to adjust some things for anything less than a 9lb. grain bill. I'm sure you could do a 1-2 gal batch if you really wanted to.
Keep in mind you have a filter and a thermostat in the bottom of the grainfather. You would need enough to get over the top of those. Keep in mind it takes about 6 hours to brew a batch.
You will need to ensure you are entering the correct figures in the formula for your water calculations or use our brewing calculators. We also have micro pipework available if you’re wanting to make volumes of 10 L (2.6 US Gal) or less.
Can I step mash in the grainfather?
Yes, this is a simple process of changing the temperature at certain intervals during the mash. The steps generally start with a protein rest and end with a saccharification rest. This method is used to achieve different characteristics in a beer. Follow your recipe instructions for your mash schedule.
What is the maximum grain bill I can brew with?
The maximum is 9 kg (20 lbs). With a grain bill this size the key is to add the grain very slowly while stirring to avoid dough balls forming. Because there is more grain it will also take a bit longer to gelatinise. You can try and add half of the grain, recirculate and then add the other half. Do this by; Pouring in half your grain, slowly stir and then attach your recirculation pipe. Do not add the top perforated plate at this stage, start to recirculate making sure that nothing goes through the overflow pipe. Recirculate until the grain level goes down. The grains will start to gelatinise. Once the level has gone down, add the other half of your grain bill – fit the top perforated plate and recirculation pipe and recirculate as normal.
How far can I be away from my Grainfather but still be connected?
If you are more than 30 m (98 ft) away and your Grainfather is in the line of sight you will still be connected. Indoors it is approximately 10 m (33 ft), dependent on how many walls in the house etc. You don’t need to worry though, if you do happen to go out of range, the timer for your brew session will continue, just any changes you make while out of range will only update once back in range.