Old versus new — comparing the Robobrews
For 2017 RoboBrew have introduced two new models that replace the original RoboBrew. The first is a direct replacement for the standard RoboBrew while the second features the addition of a pump and recirculation system. Both have numerous new features and benefits over the original RoboBrew.
New RoboBrew features — both models
Both the new models share a lot of common features.
Lower ball valve — the ball valve is located lower on the boiler which means there’s less dead space. No more tilting to get those last few litres of wort into your fermenter or cube!
Sealed control panel — the control panel is sealed to prevent hot wort from spilling over and jamming up the buttons.
Larger malt pipe — the malt pipe features a larger diameter. This ensures that it doesn’t rattle around as much while stirring your mash, and means that the malt sits wider rather than taller to improve recirculation flow.
Removable handle on malt pipe — the handle is designed to only be put in place when lifting the malt pipe, ensuring that it is free to stir freely during your mash.
Built-in malt pipe rack — the tricky one-handed process of lifting the heavy wet grain in the malt pipe and placing above for draining is replaced with an integrated rack within the boiler. Simply lift the malt pipe — with one or two hands — and rotate 90° to seat it above the boiler for draining.
New RoboBrew features — pump model only
With the addition of a pump, a number of other features have also been redesigned.
False bottom — the addition of a false bottom separate fro the malt pipe is a safeguard against grain or hops entering the pump during the mash or boil. It also prevents material from sitting directly on the heating elements, which can cause scorching or trip the RoboBrew’s 120°C heat cutout safety mechanism.
Separated malt pipe — the new malt pipe is assembled from several different components to facilitate the recirculation system. It features bottom and top screens and a connecting pipe. The added benefit is that cleaning becomes easier as each component can be taken apart and washed and cleaned easily.
The top screen acts as a safeguard against grain overflowing from the malt tube during recirculation. If the pump speed is faster than the flow rate through the grain then excess wort will simply overflow down the connecting pipe to the bottom of the boiler.