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Average rating 9.28571428571429 out of 10 ( based on 56 reviews )

Awesome

Review by Eric on 3/13/2017

The Mash & Boil was well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. I love that my whole system now fits on a small rolling cart. I don’t have a sparge water heater, so I started off by heating about 6.75 gallons in the Mash & Boil to 172 degrees, transferring 3.5 gallons to a cooler for sparging later. I added less than a quart of cold water to bring the rest down to mash temp. (It took about an hour and 20 minutes to heat 6.75 gallons from 55 degrees to 172, using an extra-large hoodie as a kettle jacket. Next time I'll set it to heat the water in advance). When mashing, you definitely want to pull wort from the bottom spigot and stir into the top as described in the Mash & Boil blog to maintain temperature at the top of the mash. I'm going to try adding a recirculating pump later. Set the temp to 218 while sparging and got a solid rolling boil in 30 min. Very satisfied with the Mash & Boil. Having an electric brewery with this kind of performance at this price is great!

Love It

Review by Jeremy B on 3/8/2017

I have used this twice within the first week that I have owned it. The simplicity of the controls is nice and it cuts down on the total time of brewing. So far I am very happy with it and I wish I would of bought this sooner

Yay indoor brewing

Review by Jason Z on 3/1/2017

The unit arrived with a small crease in the outer metal due to either banding on a pallet or just lack of corner supports in the box. That did not affect the performance of this wonderful tower. The ability to preset your strike water is very helpful for weekday brewing after work. Make sure you follow instructions as it does not get a rigorous boil and does not boil off nearly as much as I thought it would. It was a nice gentle boil and did not seem in danger of a boil-over when adding hops or anything. Steam was not as big of an issue as I thought and I managed without a vent hood in my basement. Make sure you have proper chiller as my normal one could not sit on the bottom without submerging the input and output connections. Overall I was really happy to not be freezing my butt off in the garage during a Michigan winter.

Love it!!

Review by John on 2/27/2017

I have made 4 batches so far and it performed perfectly, Reached temps quickly and maintained them well! Incidentally, I ordered a Graincoat and turned it upside down! It fit perfectly!! I highly recommend this unit and will be using it over and over!! Love it!!!

First run

Review by Skidmarks on 2/18/2017

My first run I decided to go big and mashed 14 lbs of grain. I went with 4.5 gallons strike water. Set my temp for 166 F. Once I reached temp (about an hr) I began introducing crushed grain but at a slow rate. It got pretty dry fast. I had to pull wort off the bottom 4-5 times to get all the grain in. I did notice a rather large temp difference from bottom to top of mash, about 4-6 deg. It is a fairly small diameter to be mashing that much grain for sure. Boil temp was reached in about an hour. I set it for 214 but it never really hit a rolling boil. The biggest problem I had is at end of boil I killed the heat and threw in my wort chiller. I recirculate Ice water until cool. It seemed like the pot never fully shut off. I couldnt get below 105. All my ice melted after 30 min of trying to cool down. I shut the thermostat off I did not have the master power switch off, so I hope this was the problem. The jury is still out but I made a few mistakes. Ill try a smaller beer next brew day

 

William's Brewing Responds: To kill the heat turn the thermostat to off. This way, the unit will not be trying to heat while you want to cool. Turning the master power switch to off should solve this.