While many brewers are more than happy to continue brewing with a couple of coolers, a kettle, and a propane burner (here’s a list of our favorite propane burners if that’s you!), many others are moving towards brewing on electric all-in-one brewing systems. All-in-one brewing systems offer a “turn-key” solution for all-grain brewing that combine the mash, sparge, boil, chilling, and even fermentation process in a single machine. Because they are fully electric, brewers using an all-in-one brewing system no longer need propane, burners, or a kettle. This allows all-grain brewers to brew indoors anytime.
These systems eliminate the need for large, bulky equipment like a traditional 3-vessel system, and use substantially less space. Most of them can even sit on a kitchen counter. They simplify the all-grain brewing process substantially by automating the process with a “set it and forget it” approach to brewing. This can increase the consistency of your beer by reducing potential human error in the brewing process and timing. Interested? Here is a comparison of the best all-in-one brewing systems!
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How to Choose an All-In-One Brewing System
Before choosing a system, consider the following questions:
- Do you want to brew using extract or all-grain processes?
- Do you have 110v or 220v power supply?
- What is your experience level in brewing? Will you actually use the features of the all-in-one brewing system?
- How much space do you have for brewing?
- What size batches do you want to brew?
- What level of automation do you want? How involved in the brewing process do you want to be?
- How much flexibility do you want in your system? Do you want to brew the exact same way every time?
- What price are you willing to pay for additional features and quality?
All-In-One Brewing System Comparison Chart
Detailed information about each system is below. This chart summarizes the information for ease of comparison:
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|System||DigiMash All-Grain Electric Brewing System||Brewer’s Edge Mash and Boil||BrewZilla v3.1.1||Anvil Foundry™||The GrainFather Connect|
|Price||$229.99: 110v Without Pump|
$239.99: 220v Without Pump
$329.99: 110v With Pump
$339.99: 220v With Pump
|$299.99: Without Pump|
$349.99: With Pump
|ON SALE FOR $399.99 AT MOREBEER|
$449.99: 9.25 gallon version with the built in pump (110v)
$479.99: 9.25 gallon version with the built in pump (220v)
|$369.99: Without Pump|
$469.99: With Pump
|$999.99 (Includes Pump)|
|Batch Size||5 Gallons||5 Gallons||5-6 Gallons||5 Gallons||5 Gallons|
|Water/Grain Capacity||9 Gallons|
18 lbs Grain
16 lbs. Grain
18 lbs. Grain
16 lbs. Grain
20 lbs. Grain
|Heating Element Output||110v: 1500 watts|
220v: 2400 watts
|1600 watts||1500 watts||110v: 1600 watts|
240v: 2800 watts
|Power||110v (220v Option Available)||110v||110v (220v Option Available)||Switchable between 120v and 240v||110v-120v|
|Programmable?||No||Programmable Timer||Programmable Timer|
Programmable Mash Schedule
|Programmable Timer||Fully Programmable Brew Schedule|
|Connectivity?||No||No||No||No||Smartphone compatible via Bluetooth|
|Chiller?||No||No||Built-In Immersion Chiller||Built-In Immersion Chiller||Included Counterflow Chiller|
The DigiMash All-Grain Electric Brewing System is the cheapest option on the market. Coming in at only $229.99, this system is by far the least expensive option on this list, but still includes everything you need to start mashing and boiling in a single electric vessel. While it doesn’t have all of the features of the Anvil Foundry or the Robobrew / Brewzilla, it still has a 9 gallon capacity, which allows for a maximum of 18lbs of grain. It features two independent heating elements. For the 110v option, one element is 1000w and the other is 500w for a combined 1500 watts, which can be individually controlled to gently hold temperatures or engage both elements to quickly heat the mash or achieve a boil. The 220v option also includes two independent heating elements, one at 1900w and the other is 500w for a combined 2400 watts.
The DigiMash is available in both 110v and 220v options, and there is even a version with a recirculating pump kit (although, at the $329.99 price point for the option with a pump, I recommend upgrading to the next tier of systems which isn’t much more). It doesn’t allow for any programming, either, but still features a digital control panel that makes setting temperatures a breeze. If you are interested in an electric system but can’t justify spending over $400 on a system, this is a great starter system!
The Brewer’s Edge Mash and Boil is an affordable system coming in at only $299.99 for the version without a pump. It’s an exceptional all-in-one brewing system for the cost, and boasts many of the same features that more expensive systems have for a fraction of the cost. It runs on standard 110v household power, making it a convenient and portable system that can be used immediately.
It has a double-wall stainless steel body that helps it maintain consistent mash temperatures and its 1600 watt heating element helps achieve a rolling boil as fast as possible without the need for a dedicated 220v outlet. The Mash and Boil can mash up to 16 lbs. of malt and boil up to 7.5 gallons of water. The internal sparging basket allows you to mash, sparge, and boil all in the same vessel. The Mash and Boil does not come with a chiller, so you will need to provide your own counterflow, plate, or immersion chiller to cool your wort before transferring it to a fermenter.
Like a few of the other systems on this list, the Mash and Boil features a delayed start timer that allows you to add your water the night before, set it, and have it at temperature and ready to brew automatically.
Users did report a few limitations of this system, including concerns with temperature fluctuation of a few degrees during the mash. While this may not be a huge issue for the average homebrewer, it can impact your beer. If you’re planning to compete, or if brewing very consistent beers is important to you, you may run into issues due to mash temperature fluctuation.
Users also reported that the false bottom in this system may let a little too much grain through, and some even reported using a BIAB grain bag inside of the system to avoid this problem. Overall, this is a great all-in-one brewing system at an extremely reasonable price. The Mash and Boil without the pump is only $299.99, and the version with a built-in pump comes in at only $349.99. If you’re a beginner or are on a tight budget, this is a great all-in-one brewing system to get you started with electric brewing!
The BrewZilla v3.1.1 is a complete all-in-one electric home brewery system with a built in control panel, elements for heating the mash and boiling, a removable grain basket, and a built in valve for transferring wort to a fermenter. It features a programmable mash schedule and has a delayed start which allows you to set up your brew day in advance to start at a specific time. The BrewZilla’s built in control panel eliminates the need to use a smartphone app and rely on wifi connectivity, however does not allow you to monitor the progress of your brew remotely.
The standard version of the BrewZilla runs on 110v power, making it easy to use immediately for most U.S. households, although some users have noted that the 110v power does increase the time it takes to reach a boil. There is a 220v version available that decreases the time it takes to reach a boil and provides a more rigorous boil. This unit has two heating elements, one at 1000 watts and one at 500 watts, which allows for more control and a total output of 1500 watts of heating power. The BrewZilla also allows for automatic step mashing with up to 6 individual mash temperatures and durations.
The BrewZilla has a total capacity of 9 gallons, which allows for a finished beer output of 5-6 gallons depending on the amount of grain (approximately an 18lb grain capacity). It has a built in wort chiller, meaning that the entire process, other than fermentation, can be completed in a single vessel and then easily transferred to the fermenter of your choice, freeing the system back up to brew again. To get the Wort Chiller Connection Kit for free from MoreBeer, add the connector kit to your cart along with the BrewZilla and use code ZILLAKIT at checkout!
Note: The Anvil Foundry is out of stock and units will not ship for a few months. If you aren’t willing to wait for the Anvil Foundry to be back in stock and don’t want to spent $1,000 on a GrainFather, we recommend checking out the BrewZilla v3.1.1. The BrewZilla v3.1.1 is on sale for only $399.99 on MoreBeer now! CLICK HERE TO SEE IT ON MOREBEER!
The Anvil Foundry is the most versatile and in our opinion the overall best dollar-for-dollar all-in-one brewing system in this list. In fact, we brew most of our batches these days on the Anvil Foundry 10.5 Gallon with Pump System and we LOVE it! Several owners of other systems on this list, even when reporting complete satisfaction with the system they own, stated that if they were to purchase an all-in-one brewing system today, it would be the Anvil Foundry™. There is virtually no negative feedback about this product, and it is definitely a safe purchase that you’re guaranteed to be happy with.
The Anvil Foundry™ is packed with features and boasts a larger grain capacity and better efficiency than comparable systems. It is switchable between 120v with a total output of 1600 watts and 240v with a total output of 2800 watts, allowing complete flexibility and substantially faster heating and boiling times. It features three heating elements, allowing ultra-low watt density and avoiding wort scorching. The onboard digital power control allows for very finely-tuned temperature control, and the double wall insulation maintains consistent mash temperatures and increases heating speeds. The built-in stainless steel immersion chiller rapidly cools wort and the valve system makes transferring to a fermenter a breeze. Finally, the Anvil Foundry™ features a proprietary high-flow grain basket that reduces the risk of stuck sparges, helping your brew days run smoothly every time.
The Anvil Foundry™ comes in two sizes, and each size can be purchased either with or without a pump:
- 10.5 Gallon system for 5 Gallon batches:
- 6.5 Gallon system for brewing 2.4-3 gallon batches:
Overall, the Anvil Foundry™ is the overall highest rated option on this list, and in our opinion it is the best dollar-for-dollar all-in-one electric brewing system available. It is an awesome product at a reasonable price that users can’t recommend enough.
The GrainFather Connect is the most technologically advanced all-in-one brewing system on this list. Like the other items on this list, it runs on standard 110-120v household power and has a 1600 watt heating element. It has an 8 gallon capacity and features an expandable stainless steel basket for mashing that can hold up to 20lbs of grain, allowing you to make higher-gravity beers. Rather than a built-in immersion chiller like most all-in-one brewing systems, the GrainFather includes a counterflow chiller that attaches to the system. There are several accessories available for the GrainFather, including a conical fermenter, hop spider, insulation jacket, sparge water heater, fermenter cooling kit, and glycol chiller.
The feature that really sets the GrainFather Connect apart from the competition is the bluetooth connectivity. The GrainFather Connect comes with a Connect Control Box and access to the Connect App for Android or iOS, allowing you complete control of the brewing process from your smartphone. The app allows you to fill the GrainFather with water the night before an early brew day and set the timer to automatically begin heating strike water before you even wake up. The GrainFather also allows for programmable step mashing, and the PID algorithm maintains more stable heating and allows for power output control. Despite the advanced features, it has a simple, user-friendly interface that makes brewing easier than ever.
GrainFather users are extremely happy with this all-in-one brewing system and it comes highly recommended. The only issues that anyone has reported are the occasional clog or stuck sparge, and that the bluetooth doesn’t always connect perfectly. While it obviously comes in at a much higher price than the other systems in this list, it is by far the most advanced system and if you can afford it, it’s an exceptional machine. The GrainFather Connect is $999.99, but comes with everything you need to start brewing great beer on day one.
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