In late 2019 I order the 6.5 Anvil Foundry All-in-one electric brewing system. The original intent was to make fast, somewhat easy, 1 gallon to 2 and half gallon test batches before committing to a full brew day on my 3 vessel propane “brew house”.

Two years later, the visible layer of dust on top of my old mash tun speaks volumes. And now that 3 vessel system looks incredibly lonely share shelf space with my new, second, Anvil Foundry All-in-one electric brew system – this one being the 10.5 gallon version.

I’m not the only one in the club that’s jumped on this this ever increasing all-in-one electric brewing system bandwagon, far from it in fact. Many of the CFHB club members have made the switch – or at least add one of these systems to their brewing arsenal. The Foundry, Grainfather, Brewzilla – nearly every major player in the all-in-one field is being used by at least one member of the CFHB. Why are some many of us checking it out and brewing amazing beers on these systems? Here’s a few reasons why:

Ease of use – The controls differ in look and in use from system to system. But one think nearly every all-in-one electric system have in common is the single control panel. One place to set your strike temperature, one screen begin your boil, and one place to monitor everything at a glance.

Precise control – Temperature control maybe one of top things home brewers focus on both during the brew day and after. Now while the all-in-one units can’t contribute the stability of fermentation temperatures, their precision control over mash temperatures is unmatched. Once the brewer gets used to the control of their unit, this electric brewing units can hold mash temperatures within 1 degree during the entire mash process. And with easy to use controls, a step mash, mash out, or any desired adjustment to temperatures is incredibly simple to do. Some units can even do it for you with pre-programmed mash schedules.

Slim footprint – Saying these all-in-one systems have a “small footprint” is a bit misleading, they are considerably tall and do need room to be stored. But luckily nearly, if not all, the items used on a typical brew day can be stored inside the system unit itself. Now when it comes to brewing – not too much changes. It takes the same floor space, though you will need a bit of clearance to lower and raise the malt pipe and if you’re brewing inside you may want some additional clearance to let the steam dissipate. The size and design of these systems make them a great option for people with limited storage space, brewing space, apartment brewers, and anyone looking to brew in a small area and get big results.

Cleaning – There’s no avoiding cleaning on a brew day. In most cases it’s a majority of the work. There’s no magic solution to complete eliminate cleaning (apart from the invention of disposable brewing gear) but the efficient design and limited part used with these systems makes the process slightly less painful. Cleaning more all-in-units is fairly straight forward, and their modular design make slowly spreading the process over the brew day possible.

Consistent results – Repeatability is important, both in competitive brewing and brewing you’re favorite beers again and again. But when you’re dialing in a recipe and making small changes each brew to make it perfect, being able to rely on your mashing and brewing vessel to do what you expect is just as important. Once a brew learns the adapts their recipes to their all-in-one system, the brewing system becomes the last thing they have to worry about in their brew day and can concentrate on make more subtle (or not so subtle) recipe and process changes knowing their brewing system will do what they expect.

So if you’re new to the all-in-one electric brewing world or thinking about entering that world soon, you are not alone at the CFHB. Many of us have been using them for years and our numbers continue to grow. Come to the upcoming meeting and meet some of our all-in-one electric brewers and ask questions, share experience, and continue making those fanatics beers with this amazing systems.