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Ramping production of the ProBoiler(tm) range designed for home and small batch professional beer brewers

About this project

Ever wanted to brew your own beer ? Know someone who's looking for a shiny addition to their (future) hobby ? With the rise of craft beer and the support of organizations like the American Homebrewers Association (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/) home brewing is not only well established but rapidly gaining in popularity with an estimated 1.2M homebrewers in the US today.

For many beer geeks brewing has been a creative and rewarding hobby, I know it has for me. I setup Bru Gear to push my hobby to the next level by designing and manufacturing high quality brewing kettles and fermenters. Our goal is to support many new and existing brewers produce truly exceptional beer. Hopefully ourselves as well ! 

Once upon a time...

Early in 2012 I decided it was time to reward my hobby with a shiny new prize, I wanted to setup the 'ultimate' automated home brewery. A system that would rival small batch professional brewing platforms. I searched the market and quickly discovered I couldn’t find the value I was looking for, where high quality, functionality and reasonable cost intersected. 

ProBoiler(tm) 20 gallon prototype kettle
ProBoiler(tm) 20 gallon prototype kettle
Updated ProBoiler(tm) 20 CAD showing false bottom shelf and other modifications
Updated ProBoiler(tm) 20 CAD showing false bottom shelf and other modifications

After a lot of discussion and many beers with my collaborators we decided to put multiple decades worth of product development and manufacturing experience to good use. We started by developing a kettle design that would meet our goals. Having started the kettle design we also started working on a fermenter, to fully round out the brewery and, frankly, add more bling ! We put these into CAD, and worked on manufacturing our designs for testing and personal use.

Pleased with our creations we showed our friends and started gaining positive feedback about the quality of the brew kettles, some suggestions for ‘next time’ (we love feedback !) and requests for the products.

Based on this feedback we have decided to take things to the next level by launching larger production runs, and that’s how we get to be on Kickstarter. It's time to get the word out and start working towards this goal. With your funding, we can buy a huge roll of stainless steel and deliver production products!

You can find out more about us and your future shiny objects of desire at www.bru-gear.com 

The Funding 

Heat Exchanged Recirculation Mash System (HERMS) coil
Heat Exchanged Recirculation Mash System (HERMS) coil

We are looking to get into the volume production phase with the kettles and fermenters. We also plan to craft full brewery systems. With your pledge we will be able to leverage greater buying power and thus drive lower costs. Lower costs we then pass onto our supporters – the flywheel needs momentum and together we will make it turn.

iHERMS Induction Hot Liquor Tank (HLT)
iHERMS Induction Hot Liquor Tank (HLT)

Our initial goal will allow us to buy the raw materials in bulk, building a volume of products to hit the aggressive price points we're looking for. Getting beyond our goal will help us drive R&D for ideas we have for some exciting new products!

The Rewards 

To participate in our Kickstarter, press the big green "Back This Project" button or directly on any of the rewards that interest you on the right.

Not only will you be supporting a brewer getting started in moving a hobby based business forward, already a dream come true, you'll also get your hands on some great stuff. 

For those who either wish to brew with our ProBoiler(tm) range of products or have brewing buddies interested, we are offering our brew kettles, fermenters and complete brewery systems at supporter only values as awards.These aren't converted designs, but actual high quality 18 gauge stainless steel products, designed and manufactured from the ground up. The brew kettles include a 3 piece ball valve and a brewing thermometer, so you have a functional brew pot out of the box. The fermenter will come with a tri-clamp butterfly dump valve, racking arm and thermometer.

The ProBoiler(tm) RIMS nano-brewery small batch/recipe development system (damn that's a mouthful) is a complete, all-in-one system for the professional brewer. Delivering state of the art touch control and precision in a 1BBL batch size it is ideally suited to recipe development and producing small batch specialty craft beers.

The clever guys working on the ProBoiler(tm) nano-brewery control panel
The clever guys working on the ProBoiler(tm) nano-brewery control panel

How To Support Bru Gear

CREATE a Kickstarter account if you don't have one already. It's simple; all it takes is an email address and a password

SIGN IN at Amazon.com - if you already have an account, you're all set. If not, no worries, it is easy to set-up as well

PLEDGE at whatever level you like! Your card will only be charged if we reach our full goal

SHARE this with your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and whoever else crosses your path! Let everyone know you are a backer for Bru Gear. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/BruGear

Thanks for reading this far. We hope to hear from you. We need you to hit our goal and deliver the products at these prices. So PLEASE let your friends know about Bru Gear's Kickstarter !

Cheers and don't forget to

Huge thanks go out to:-

Scott (Mr) KungFu - the creative media guy, professional (& very patient) videographer & photographer

Jack & Patrick for their invaluable work on the control panel schematics

Brian & team for turning the schematics into control panel reality

Eugenio for his work on the control software, making the user interface easy enough for Phil to use!

Mr. CAD Erich, who turned napkin sketches into 2D & 3D wonders

Everyone at the Arizona Society of Homebrewers for their support, constructive feedback and testing

Sanitary TIG welded connectors
Sanitary TIG welded connectors
Rotating racking arm
Rotating racking arm

Risks and challenges

From the initial prototypes we've changed a number of details on the CAD manufacturing drawings ahead of production and are confident we're ready to go ! Bru Gear understands that moving from prototype to production is a large undertaking but its one we have been involved with in a number of engineering and factory environments from our professional careers. From dealing with suppliers ensuring we have the right processes in place consistently producing a quality product, and all the way to getting those products into the hands of our supporters on time. Bru Gear has mapped out the challenges and we have a volume ramp goal we're confident in. We don't expect everything going smoothly and have devised our plan with contingencies in place to handle the bumps in the road that may (ok, will) come up along the way. Let's see how we do!

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FAQ

  • Please go to our website to get an introduction to induction brewing, why do we like it ? Well it's super efficient and safe and it doesn't add anything else into our kettles that need cleaning like a water heater element does - check it out !

    http://www.bru-gear.com/the-induction-brewery.html

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  • Yes, the fermenters come with a rotating racking arm that allows you to know the angle inside by the handle and a butterfly valve

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  • Yes they are, there is a silicon gasket built into the lid of the fermenters, with the clamps this makes an airtight connection and we've been very happy in testing with this simple but effective design.

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  • Bru Gear has a number of existing designs, a subset of which we've posted as rewards, frankly we were thinking we might be posting too many rewards and limited ourselves initially and thought we'd see what questions and feedback we got.

    We've now added a couple more options as supporters were interested in induction heating, this is an existing design we have and we're happy to add it to the rewards, so far we've just put up an induction HERMS HLT in 15 gallons, however, we have the full range of kettles available in induction if anyone wants one.

    Please fell free to ask for what you're looking for and if we have it we're happy to put it up as a reward.

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  • The answer is yes, if you want the HLT, MT and BK as a reward and want to put them together yourself instead of going with the fully configured recipe development brewery rewards we can put up those rewards, just let us know the size you want !

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  • Absolutely, we're shipping all the kettles with the shelf built in just for that purpose and will be selling the false bottoms after the kick starter so you can create a Mash Tun later

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  • Shipping inside the USA is included in all the packages, if you are outside the US lets chat, we're very open to shipping Internationally but we need to sort out the details with each supporter to make it happen.

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Rewards

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    5 backers

    A shout out to our supporters - everyone contributing at any reward level will have their name included on our website AND on DrinkinAZ, a craft beer and brewing Podcast I co-host

    http://www.DrinkinAZ.com

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    5 backers

    You will receive a Bru Gear bottle opener, this aluminum state of the art opening device will hang on your key ring and always be available for bottle opening duty !

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    5 backers

    A custom Bru Gear T-shirt, get your ProBoiler(tm) on and wear your support with pride :)

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    2 backers

    You will receive the $15 reward plus two Bru Gear pint glasses to enjoy your brews in, these custom drinking enablers will accept a variety of liquids but prefer finer craft brews !

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    6 backers

    You will receive the $35 reward plus a custom designed Bru Gear T-Shirt, wear your ProBoiler(tm) gear with pride

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    9 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 5 - a Professional-quality 5 gallon brew pot features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports an optional (not included) false bottom to create a mash tun

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    28 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 10 - a Professional-quality 10 gallon brew pot features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports an optional (not included) false bottom to create a mash tun

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    2 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 5 MT - a Professional-quality 5 gallon mash tun features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports the included false bottom to create a mash tun

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    Pledge $175 or more

    12 backers

    The ProBoiler(tm) 10i - a 10 gallon INDUCTION kettle features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with triple ply base for induction heating, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles

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    Pledge $190 or more

    20 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 15 - a Professional-quality 15 gallon brew pot features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports an optional (not included) false bottom to create a mash tun

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    Pledge $200 or more

    6 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 10 MT - a Professional-quality 10 gallon Mash Tun features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports the included false bottom to create a mash tun

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    2 backers

    The ProBoiler(tm) 5 HERMS - this is our standard 5 gallon kettle with HERMS stainless steel tubing for optimum heat exchange plumbed in, featuring 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles

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    Pledge $220 or more

    3 backers

    The ProBoiler(tm) 15i - a 15 gallon INDUCTION kettle features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with triple ply base for induction heating, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles

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    Pledge $240 or more

    1 backer

    The ProBoiler(tm) 10 HERMS - this is our standard 10 gallon kettle featuring 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, 1/2 inch HERMS stainless steel tubing for optimum heat exchange

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    7 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 15 MT - a Professional-quality 15 gallon brew pot features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports the included false bottom to create a mash tun

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    4 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 20 - a Professional-quality 20 gallon brew pot features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports an optional (not included) false bottom to create a mash tun

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    Pledge $265 or more

    2 backers

    5 gallon all grain brewing combo reward - a ProBoiler(tm) 5 MT Mash Tun and a ProBoiler(tm) 5 kettle with all the bells a whistles listed about for each

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    Pledge $290 or more

    3 backers

    The ProBoiler(tm) 15 HERMS - not to be confused with the induction kettle version this is our standard 15 gallon kettle featuring 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, 1/2 inch HERMS stainless steel tubing for optimum heat exchange

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    2 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 30 - a Professional-quality 30 gallon brew pot features Features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer and ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports an optional (not included) false bottom to create a mash tun

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    2 backers

    ProBoiler(tm) 10 boil kettle & ProBoiler(tm) 10 HLT, the salt and pepper shaker combo

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    Pledge $310 or more

    3 backers

    The ProBoiler(tm) 15 iHERMS - a 15 gallon INDUCTION HERMS HLT features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with triple ply base for induction heating, 1/2 inch stainless steel tubing for optimum heat exchange, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles

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    1 backer

    The ProBoiler(tm) 20 TC MT, a 20 gallon Tri Clamp mash tun including false bottom, with the bottom two Tri Clamps located @ 6 o'clock with an extra TC located in the 9 o'clock position at the top of the kettle as a return outlet for RIMS

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    Pledge $315 or more

    1 backer

    ProBoiler(tm) 20 MT - a Professional-quality 20 gallon Mash Tun features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel body with an extra thick bottom to prevent scorching, an ideal height to diameter ratio that reduces the chance of boil overs, etched calibration marks, brew thermometer, 3 piece ball valve, handles, low step indentation supports the included false bottom to create a Mash Tun

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    Pledge $350 or more

    2 backers

    10 gallon all grain brewing combo reward - a ProBoiler(tm) 10 MT Mash Tun and a ProBoiler(tm) 10 kettle with all the bells a whistles listed about for each

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    Pledge $375 or more

    1 backer

    Professional-quality 7 gallon fermenter features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel, features lid with silicon seal, blow off connector, thermometer, 1.5 inch tri-clamp connectors for butterfly dump valve and racking arm, welded handles

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    Pledge $435 or more

    6 backers

    15 gallon all grain brewing combo reward - a ProBoiler(tm) 15 MT Mash Tun and a ProBoiler(tm) 15 kettle with all the bells a whistles listed about for each

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    Pledge $450 or more

    13 backers

    Professional-quality 14 gallon fermenter features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel, features lid with silicon seal, blow off connector, thermometer, 1.5 inch tri-clamp connectors for butterfly dump valve and racking racking arm and handles

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    5 backers

    The all grain 10 gallon combo, ProBoiler(tm) HLT, MT and BK with the standard ball valves, thermometers and a false bottom in the MT, enjoy

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    4 backers

    The ProBoiler(tm) 15 iHERMS INDUCTION HLT with the ProBoiler(tm) 15i gallon INDUCTION boil kettle, the induction combo brewery in one easy to click reward

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    1 backer

    The ProBoiler(tm) 10i induction kettle with a 7 gallon fermenter combo

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    3 backers

    Bru Gear's 7 gallon fermenter and a 10 gallon Mash Tun combo, so you get to Mash and ferment in one easy to click reward

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    1 backer

    The 21 gallon fermenter features 18 gauge 304 stainless steel, features lid with silicon seal, blow off connector, thermometer, 1.5 inch tri-clamp connectors for butterfly dump valve and racking racking arm and handles

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    4 backers

    Bru Gear's 14 gallon fermenter and a 15 gallon brew kettle combo so you get to brew and ferment in one easy to click reward

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    1 backer

    The ProBoiler(tm) 20 HERM with the ProBoiler(tm) 30 kettle combo, descriptions as above

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    2 backers

    The ProBoiler(tm) 15i - a 15 gallon INDUCTION kettle with the 14 gallon fermenter combo

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    1 backer

    A combination ProBoiler(tm) 20 HERMS HLT with a 7 gallon fermenter

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    1 backer

    A combination reward of our ProBoiler(tm) 20 MT & our 14 gallon fermenter

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    11 backers

    A complete set of 20 gallon kettles configured for the Electric Brewery design, this includes a 20 gallon Mash Tun with false bottom, 20 gallon Boil Kettle and 20 gallon HERMS HLT, in addition to the regular descriptions above we're including sight glasses and a third connector on the top of each kettle for wart and water flow !

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    Pledge $1,175 or more

    4 backers

    Bru Gear's 14 gallon fermenter with a 15 gallon Mash tun, a 15 gallon HLT with a SIGHT GLASS and a 15 gallon Boil Kettle with a SIGHT GLASS, a 15 gallon brewery of shiny bling

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    1 backer

    A set of three 14 gallon fermenters, these have a tri clamp in place of the thermometer to allow for flexibility to fit what you want, possibly a thermowell, a TC thermometer or...

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    3 backers

    A complete set of 20 gallon kettles configured for the Electric Brewery design with a 14 gallon fermenter, this includes a 20 gallon Mash Tun with false bottom, 20 gallon Boil Kettle and 20 gallon HERMS HLT, in addition to the regular descriptions above we're including sight glasses and a third connector on the top of each kettle for wart and water flow !

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    3 backers All gone!

    The 1BBL nano brewery with 2 Bru Gear 1BBL fermenters and a plate chiller for wort cooling, full descriptions as above

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    A complete 3BBL brewery designed for the small batch professional brewer this is (THE largest) ULTIMATE nano-brewery set up. The ProBoiler(tm) RIMS nano-brewery small batch/recipe development system allows a higher level of consistency with control of your brewery at your finger tips through the 10 inch touch screen control panel. The ProBoiler(tm) RIMS Brewery Includes 3BBL Boil Kettle, HLT and Mash Tun, it is fully plumbed for liquid flow between the kettles and heated by propane or natural gas (your choice) with precise electric heating for the Mash recirculation. The control application allows the loading and saving of recipes with BeerXML integration to the most popular recipe apps and websites and precise control of the brewing process to ensure optimum results. As wort is being boiled another mash cycle can be started enabling consecutive batches to increase output volume • Industrial powder coated finish steel tube frame construction • Gas burners can be converted to natural gas or propane • 3 x 3BBL 304 Stainless Steel Kettles w/ Lids • Plumbed water and gas lines • Professional sanitary stainless steel pumps • All sanitary tri-clamp fittings on HLT, Mash Tun, Boil Kettle and pumps • Mash Tun includes Bru Gear stainless steel false bottom • 10 inch touch screen control panel allows download of BeerXML recipes, gives visual and audible warnings for recipe steps, sets and maintains temperatures and timers • Includes owners manual with operating instructions

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