BM vs other systems (grainfather)

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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby Dicko » Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:39 am

You could very easily make one similar to the Grainfather still attachment by using a catering bowl the same as some of us have made a hood

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On another thought has anyone measured the Grainfather....maybe it is the same diameter as the BM

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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby mashy » Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:35 am

Measured yes.
Answer no.
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby Dicko » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:36 am

mashy wrote:Measured yes.
Answer no.


That fixed that then.... :lol:

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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby mashy » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:38 am

Unfortunately. Yes
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby Tipsy » Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:58 am

I have to say both the BM and GF would make a poor quality still.

Most people who make cheap pot stills either have 2 elements running for the strip run and turn 1 off to slow it down for the spirit run or they build a voltage controller to turn down the elements to do a nice and slow spirit run.

The problem with the GF is to turn it down for the spirit run the controller switches on/off trying to maintain the boiler temperature making a still that is near impossible to run right.

The best case scenario is that it would run slow enough out of the box to do the spirit run in which case it would do extremely slow strip runs.

For a couple of hundred bucks you could make a far superior pot still even with limited skills.

Just my .02c but I'd hate for someone to part with their money thinking they're getting a decent still.
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby mashy » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:11 am

Tipsy, another 2 cents

Voltage controller & pluggable energy meter (to get it right) from ebay £25. Plug straight onto BM element. Happy Days.
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby Tipsy » Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:47 am

That would certainly help.

There are a lot better stand alone options on the market though and if you were handy with solder I reckon you could build a far superior still for 1/2 the price. Imho.
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby mashy » Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:40 am

I have to say I agree with your last point absolutely.
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby RichM » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:04 pm

I wonder if there's people over on the Grain Father forum debating wether or not they should have bought a BM :D
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby Andy_Chil » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:41 am

RichM wrote:I wonder if there's people over on the Grain Father forum debating wether or not they should have bought a BM :D


Bound to be. There are only two kinds of homebrewers. Those who brew with a BM and those who wish they could brew with a BM ;-)
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby Andy_Chil » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:48 am

Sorry all. Something wrong with Tapatalk me thinks. Can a mod delete my superfluous posts!
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby Dicko » Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:24 am

Andy_Chil wrote:Sorry all. Something wrong with Tapatalk me thinks. Can a mod delete my superfluous posts!


fixed

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BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby mbarn » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:14 am

My perspective is that whilst the grainfather is not as high quality, it represents far better value for money.
The reason I chose the BM is because I have limited time due to a young child and a wife who likes us to be out each weekend. The programmability of the BM lets me set it and forget it, leaving me time to do other things.
I don't enjoy messing with temps and trying to hit targets, I like consistency (which the BM gives) and modifying others recipes to see if I can improve them.
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby mashy » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:26 am

I don't think its Tapatalk ...might be the performance of the server. I don't use Tapatalk, but have done it a couple of times
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Re: BM vs other systems (grainfather)

Unread postby mashy » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:28 am

Oh no..... The above reply just took 36 seconds before the "reply successful" screen appeared.
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