Spike+ Solo System

18 reviews
  • Spike+ Solo System
  • Spike+ Solo System
  • Spike+ Solo System
  • Spike+ Solo System
  • Spike+ Solo System
  • Spike+ Solo System
  • Spike+ Solo System
  • Spike+ Solo System

$1,675.00

Designed to be compact and turn-key, our single-vessel system enables you to brew all-grain while keeping your equipment footprint small. The Solo is easy to clean and operate and comes brew-ready out of the box. And it’s built with the same quality materials, components and standards that you have come to expect from Spike, so you can be confident that it will deliver time and time again on brew day.

Features & Specs:

  • The Spike+ Solo features tri-clamp fittings. If you're looking for threaded NPT fittings check out the Spike Solo
  • Uses only solid 304 stainless steel; no bags or mesh that can tear
  • Sanitary welded coupler design (done at our facility in Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1.2mm thick walls
  • Thick stainless steel hooks on basket easily holds wet grain on the kettle lip during vorlauf or while the basket drains
  • Bottom of the basket features precision-lasered slits matching the false bottoms on our commercial brewing systems
  • Basket has tapered design to promote good flow through the grain bed
  • Heated using a powerful 240V element (with optional 120V for 10gal only)

 

Electrical Requirements:
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User Guide:
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Solo FAQ Page:
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01/08/2022
Rob B.
United States United States

Great system overall

I purchased a Spike Solo+ system a little over 1 month ago and brewed my 1st batch on it about 2 weeks ago (what will be a coconut porter, if anyone is interested). I did order the pump but not the wort chiller and I also ordered the steam condenser lid. My criteria for picking an all-in-one system were: 1. It needed to help reduce the amount of lifting that I was doing with my outside propane system 2. Reduce, to some degree, the overall time in my brew day 3. Eliminate a number of pieces of equipment that I continually had to take out and then put away for each brew day 4. Be a true BIAB system to eliminate the added step and equipment needs for heating additional water. So, how did brew day #1 on this new system go? Overall, I was very pleased with the results. Going from a system that had zero automation to using pumps, as many brewers already know, makes a huge difference. I also no longer need to pull out several large pots, a propane burner, and a tank of propane. Plus, as it turned out, my 1st brew on the system happened to take place on a very cold and rainy December day, which in the past meant that I would have been on my back patio shivering. Criteria #1 and #3 satisfied. For criteria #2, my brew day was only a bit shorter than my standard propane brew days. However, I attribute this to getting used to this new system, and I identified areas in which I can make process changes moving forward. For instance, my 13-plus lbs of grain drained A LOT slower than I had anticipated. This could be remedied in the future by adding a higher percentage of rice hulls to the grist. Also, I need to hone my process for clean-up. I had a specific routine when working outdoors and this system is large and takes a bit of time to clean. The clean-in-place ball (CIP) might help but you still have to get in there and scrub the pot and the element to really have it be clean at the end. So I expect my cleaning times to be reduced as I move forward. For criteria #4, I was very satisfied. It was great to put in my total amount of water at the outset and not have to worry about adding anymore for the rest of the brew. One-and-done and no additional equipment. Suggestions: 1. Definitely wire in a 240 volt GFCI breaker in your electric panel. If you can't do it yourself safely, have an electrician do it. What you pay an electrician is far less than threatening your life by working with high voltage electricity and water. 2. Use a finer grain crush and more rice hulls than you think you would ever need. The Solo+ 15 gallon system has a deadspace of about 6 gallons, so your mash may be thicker than you expect. Recirculation during the mash really helps with efficiency. 3. Using the pump to vorlauf worked really well and I used a stainless steel collapsible vegetable steamer to spread the wort over the grain bed (coming from pump) to avoid some channeling that recirculating can cause in the grain bed. 4. Steam lid worked well (separate review). 5. I felt the wort chiller offered with the system was prohibitively expensive for my budget, so I opted to keep my stainless immersion chiller and work with that. I quickly realized that that might be a bit of a challenge because you obviously can't set the chiller in the pot on top of the heating element. My workaround was to place the cleaned grain basket back in that at the end of the boil (which sits above the element) and place the wort chiller in that. Then, I recirculated the cooling wort over the exposed parts of the chiller which enhanced the cooling efficiency. 6. DO THE AUTO-TUNE PROCESS BEFORE YOU BREW (INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED) In all, I was very impressed with this system. It is definitely not as hands off as a table-top brewing system but it is a nice bridge between the physical and logistical demands of all-grain brewing and automated simplicity. Pros: - REALLY solid and well-constructed! This is pro material! -Packaging was outstanding- not a scratch -Temperature control was spot-on Cons: - The logic controller is not as straightforward as on a Grainfather Connect+ bluetooth system or the like, but the online process manuel instructions help and it's not too hard to figure out. - A bit pricey compared to other systems (but the quality construction and customer support mean that you will be able to use this for a lifetime of brewing). - Not overly easy to clean and it's big (in the case of the 15 and 20 gallon sizes), so fitting them in a utility sink or even lifting them around could be a bit of a chore compared to smaller systems. Happy brewing and thank you Spike Brewing!

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DH
12/06/2021
Daniel H.
United States United States

Solo 20g

Blown away by the ease of use so far. I had been using the brewzilla 35l and they're not even In the same ballpark. Pid controller is dead on, fast heat up rates, quality construction. I was originally concerned that the mesh size in the bottom of the basket would allow lots of grain pass through but whatever is there is negligible. As for negatives, since it is built like a tank and with the tri clamp fittings protruding out of the side of the kettle it would be nice if it had short legs to accommodate a sloped bottom and center drain for easy clean up since it is cumbersome to lay over to dump out trub and water from the weight and fittings. Would also like to see a built in sight glass to help prevent uncovering the heating element during mash. 90 degree quick connect fittings should also be included to prevent kinking of the hoses at the connections.other than the short wish list this rig runs flawlessly. Should've gotten one sooner

MP
10/22/2021
Matthew P.
United States United States

I Love It

I'm new to the HomeBrew game, and this was my first buy of anything related to brewing. So far, it's been amazing and super simple to operate. I look forward to getting better, and advancing onto the Nano System at some point. The SOLO is definitely an engineering masterpiece.

BJ
08/26/2021
Bill J.
United States United States

Awesomeness!

Absolutely Love this Solo! Only one pot and basket to clean instead of three! No more fear of running out of propane in the middle of brew day. Quality all around.

MM
07/16/2021
Michael M.
United States United States

Great starter electrical system

Bought the Spike Solo system and Flex+ fermenter as my first electrical system. Easy to set up work. Auto tuning it was easy. Mash stays within 1 degree of desired temp entire time. Great introduction to an electrical system.