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Anvil Foundry™ Brewing System - 6.5 gal.

Anvil Foundry™ Brewing System - 6.5 gal.

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Due to high demand, this item is currently on backorder with the manufacturer. For in stock all-in-one brewing systems, check out the BrewZilla  or DigiMash  systems.
 
The ANVIL Foundry™ is the most versatile all-in-one brewing system available. From the triple element low watt density dual voltage heaters for blazing fast heating speeds, to the unique high flow grain basket, you won't find a more powerful feature rich product.
 
These systems will ship free to anywhere in the contiguous United States.
 
Features:
  • Switchable Between 120V 1600W and 240V 2800W for Faster Heating & Better Boils.
  • Unique High Flow Grain Basket with 150% More Perforations to Virtually Eliminate Stuck Mashes.
  • Large Capacity Increases Efficiency and Grain Capacity.
  • Double Wall Insulation Maintains Mash Temps and Increases Heating Speeds.
  • Ultra Low Watt Density, Triple Element Heaters - Won't Scorch.
  • Linear Digital Power Control and Solid-State Switching for Fine Tuning your Boil.
  • Turbo 500 Distillation Ready.
  • Includes High Capacity Stainless Immersion Chiller with Hoses & Fittings.
  • Optional External Pump Won't Plug and is Easy to Clean. No Need to Disassemble Entire Unit! Use for Other Pumping Needs too.
  • Two Sizes Available: 10.5 Gallon (AG720) for 5 Gallon Batches and 6.5 Gallon for 2.5-3 Gallon Batches.

 

Caution! Do not CLAMP the lid in place while boiling. The steam buildup can lead to severe burns.  The lid should only be clamped when used for distillation. Read all instructions and practice safe brewing.

Shipping Limitation: This item does not qualify for free shipping.
 
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Why did you choose this?
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Very happy w/my 10G BrewEasy, but want option for smaller batches.
Andy H on May 6, 2021
I'm scaling my system back from a 15g capacity -going small is easier to fit into my schedule
Ashley H on Jan 7, 2021
Very happy w/my 10G BrewEasy, but want option for smaller batches.
Andy H on May 6, 2021
Do more easily brew smaller batches (2-3 gallons)
Chris S on Jan 27, 2021
I'm scaling my system back from a 15g capacity -going small is easier to fit into my schedule
Ashley H on Jan 7, 2021
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Matthew D on Aug 13, 2020
Perfect home system!
Joseph B on Jun 30, 2020
Faster brew days less cleaning
Danny L on Jun 17, 2020
Best option for my homebrewing needs at an attractive price point.
Alec H on Jun 17, 2020
Looking for a small batch electric system
dvg on Mar 26, 2020
I have been wanting to brew for so long, however time is not my friend, so when I heard that the brewing could be completed in 3.5 hours I was all in.
Tony B on Mar 19, 2020
Because it's what my husband wants for Christmas.
Kasey M on Dec 19, 2019
Highly rated
Eric A on Dec 19, 2019
I'm downsizing to brew mostly 3 gallon batches, so the 6.5 gallon systems is right for my need. The reviews I viewed about Anvil were positive. It hit the right combination of price and quality.
Tony M on Oct 19, 2019
Great price
Andrew P on Jun 7, 2019
Do more easily brew smaller batches (2-3 gallons)
Chris S on Jan 27, 2021
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Matthew D on Aug 13, 2020
I'm looking at the 6.5gal as a mash tun, I would still plan to use main propane burner for my 5 gal batches main boil.
Question: is there a reason the 6.5gal will not work as a 5gal batch mash tun?
My current mash tun is around 6gal and I feel like it is sufficient for 12lb grain. Is it due to the lost volume under false bottom?
I just imagine I would not need all the space of the 10gal version.
Matthew Wilson on Feb 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Matthew - If your're doing low gravity brews, there should be no reason this wouldn't work for you.
I'm new to brewing. Is this system good for beginners to intermediate brewers?
Travis Englund on Jul 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I think this is a good system for anyone. I've been brewing for about 7 years and bought this system about 8 months ago and it's great! It really simplifies the brewing process and makes brew day so much more enjoyable. It's easy to clean, compact, and the delay feature saves me about an hour each time I brew. I can easily do step mashes and having the ability to recirculate the mash with the pump is a big plus. The price is good too. The cost of a burner, kettle, and mash tun can easily add up to the $500 this costs and takes up way more space . I will say the immersion chiller that is included isn't that great (it doesn't hang down far enough to make good contact with the wort) and I've been using my old chiller instead. Also the clamp for controlling the flow of the pump is tricky to get right. Other than that I've had no issues and would recommend to any homebrewer at any experience level.
Why, despite the indication that shipping is free for this product, do I see a $22 charge for shipping when I try to order this item?
Michael Dedina on Oct 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We apologize for the confusion and inconvenience. We charge shipping on this item as it ships directly from the manufacturer.
Is the immersion chiller supposed to be fully submerged? When I hung mine over the sides the first couple of rungs weren’t in the wort, and if I tried to place the chiller in the kettle without hanging it would crimp the hose from the tap and the draining hose
Kevin Rummings on Jul 12, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The immersion chiller does not have to be entirely submerged. The more coils you have submerged the more efficient your chiller will be. To have coils sticking out the top just means it will take a little bit longer to chill the wort. If you feel like it you can try to bend down the parts of your chiller that are not submerged.
Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
Love it. Perfect for making small batches.
July 28, 2021
Purchased
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great item for the price !
We love it ! Easy to use , easy clean up . Just what we wanted .
March 22, 2021
Purchased
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Just Right
It's the perfect size for my brewing needs. Great quality.
December 6, 2020
Purchased
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great product
Great product, very high quality. Everything fits inside the foundry when your done. Instructions are so well done. Even gives water chemistry suggestions. Have done two recipes using water chemistry table with distilled water. Both have been in the 5.2-5.6 range when checked with my ph meter.
May 10, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
One of the best investments in brewing equipment I’ve made
May 9, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Recommended
Simplifies the process and shortens my brew day. Allows me to brew more batches and try new recipes. Brew house and mash efficiencies are good. And I’ll free up some garage space but getting rid of my propane/kettle setup.
January 12, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Couldn't be happier!
I've brewed with my 6.5 gallon Anvil Foundry twice now, and overall, I really couldn't be happier with the results! I'd wanted to make the switch to smaller batch sizes for a while now, but it's hard to find quality equipment at a price that made it worthwhile to change out all of the gear I'd need to do it. So I was very excited when I saw that Anvil was releasing this 6.5 gallon system. I went ahead and ordered the version with the recirculation kit. I won't go into all the specs of the system, those are in the manual. I'll just share my experience with it.

First, I found the unit to be packaged well. The one issue I had upon unboxing it is that one of the legs on the grain basket had come off. While I could have still brewed with it on 3 legs, I emailed Anvil immediately with a picture of the missing leg, and they sent out a replacement immediately. So far, the replacement has held up fine. While I don't expect any further issues, it’s nice knowing that the support team at Anvil is ready to stand behind their products.

For my first beer, I chose to do a simple pale ale with Centennial hops, just to shake down the system. I chose to do a no-sparge brew, and I followed the instructions in the manual for determining the amount water and the strike temperature I'd need.

I set everything up in my garage the night before, added my water and brewing salts, then set the Foundry to start heating at 6:00am the next morning. When I was ready to start brewing at 7am, I found that the unit was running and was right at the strike temperature I'd set. I then set the temperature to my desired mash temp of 150F and mashed in. Anvil says that the basket will hold a maximum of 8 lbs of grain. I managed to get 8.25 lbs in it, and I think that was about the maximum it would hold. I then set up the recirculation pump, waited 10 minutes for the mash to settle in, and started the pump. It's a good idea to have the recirculation clamp tightened down before you start the pump. That way you can avoid sucking all the grain to the bottom of the basket and getting a stuck mash. once the pump was running and set the way I liked it, I walked away for an hour and let the mash run it's course. When I came back, I found that I had very clear wort running through the system, and the mash temperature was still right at my set point. At this point, I shut off the pump, closed the ball valve, and pulled up the grain basket to let it drain. Again, everything went perfectly and I had no problems with the mash getting stuck. My mash efficiency was 71%, and that is without sparging, so I was very happy with those results! After a 1-hour boil, I achieved an OG of 1.063 with about 3.25 gallons of finished wort in the Foundry, 3 gallons of which I ran off into my fermenter. The quart I left behind was mostly trub, and the rotating ball valve made it very easy to avoid pulling the trub into the fermenter.

On to the boil. I set the Foundry to boil and 100% power as soon as I pulled out the grain basket. I found that using 120v power, it took about 40 minutes to reach a boil. While that is kind of a long time, the nice thing is that I didn't have to stand there and watch it constantly, and it gave me time to toss the spent grains and clean up the pump and grain basket. By the time the boil started, all of the mashing equipment was cleaned and put away. Also, I'm okay with the extra time since I saved time by not sparging.

With the 120v setup, I was able to a gently rolling boil with a total boil volume of about 3.75 gallons. It was definitely vigorous enough in my opinion. You could switch to 240v and I'm sure you'd get an extremely vigorous boil. I had actually, planned to run it at 240, but after two brews at 120v, I really don't see how it would be worth the trouble and expense of adding a 240v outlet in my garage.

I was ready to not love the included chiller and already had plans to replace it. While it's not the best chiller out there, for the price, I'd have to say I'm very happy with it and don't plan to replace it. I live in the southeast, and in the summer, my tap water is a toasty 81 degrees. Running the chiller with some occasional stirring, I was able to get down to 90 degrees in about 10 minutes. It took 20 minutes to get down to 84 degrees, at which point I shut down the chiller and ran the beer off into a 5-gallon corny keg that I use as a fermenter.

Clean up afterward was super easy! I didn't have any scorching on the bottom. I rinsed out the Foundry and wiped down the walls with a cloth, then add a couple gallons of water and with some PBW and recirculated with the pump for about 20 minutes, then rinsed it all out and let it dry. The chiller was just rinsed off with hot tap water and allowed to dry. From start to finish, my entire brew day took about 3.75 hours.

As I said, overall, I couldn't be happier with the quality, features, and the support of this system!
July 9, 2019
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
July 10, 2019
Tyler W Staff