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Average rating 9.4 out of 10 ( based on 50 reviews )

Great Wort Making Machine

Review by Roger K on 11/30/2017

This machine does exactly what is claimed and more. Just follow the directions and use the machine as intended and you will have great luck. I have a 2V RIMS system, but I bought this to simplify my brew day. I get better efficiency than my RIMS, much easier setup/clean up, and I am making the same volume of wort. On some forums you may have read about high temp swings, yes that is true, but only in the bottom 2/3 gallon where the temp sensor is, not in the malt pipe. I have monitored the mash temp inside the malt pipe continuously using a thermowell and digital probe; once mash temp is reached it is maintained within +/- 1 degree. I bought the optional Still Lid so that I could do "no chill" right in the M&B. It works great. Also, the temp controller timer goes to 24 hours. I plan on using this feature to brew a Berliner Weisse, right in the M&B, in a few weeks.

Amazing Upgrade for Little $

Review by Joe Walker on 11/30/2017

I just brewed my first batch of beer with the Brewer's Edge and could not be happier. The extraction efficiency was just under 90% which gave me a much more alcoholic beer than I was planning at 75% efficiency. Easy to use. I made lots of notes about the set temperature vs actual temperature in the mash (there was a difference even with nearly constant stirring). I made an oatmeal stout as a first batch and the lauter was almost 1-1/2 hr. Might be because of the gooey oatmeal. I will know next batch. I did a 60 minute boil and lost more than the 1/2 gallon that I expected so a little less wort volume which I will adjust for next batch. Over all, a great system. When you pull the basket up for the vorloff and sparge, she sits really tall. I may put it on a stand on the floor. The kettle diameter is small and I have to modify my cooling coil a bit to get it to sit all the way down in the wort. Might add a small pump to circulate during mash but that is just another toy. Really happy!

Very happy with this product!

Review by Mitch on 12/1/2017

I have brewed two batches of beer with the Mash and Boil so far. Both times it was less than 50 degrees outside. The first batch took a really long time, 6+ hours, but that is because I used the Mash and Boil to heat up all my water. The second batch took less than 5 hours, but I was using my propane burner to heat up water to speed things up. When it comes to mashing I could not be happier with how easy it is to have everything in one kettle. The biggest complaint online I have seen is from the 6 degree hysteresis. I did find the temperature fluctuating a lot but the grain bed temperature stayed pretty consistent while I circulated the wort with a pyrex measuring cup. Lifting the grains out of the wort to rinse them is so much easier than sparging with three vessels. Both batches, even in the cold, had a nice rolling boil and stayed up to temperature. Because I had extra equipment I feel that this machine is worth it and I was able to have a very efficient brew day.

Packaging

Review by Anthony on 12/14/2017

I have seen some reviews which mentioned poor packaging. I just received mine today and I thought the packaging was very adequate - double box with bubble wrap between boxes and good polystyrene protection for the unit in the inner box. Arrived in great condition. I have two 'brews' on the go at present so may not use the unit for a week or more - will review again after use but looking forward to my next session !

More powerful than expected

Review by DougA on 1/8/2018

I received the Mash and Boil as a gift for Christmas. I promptly purchased ingredients and planned a batch of Janet’s Brown. The ability of the unit to deal with the extremely low trmperatures on New Year’s Day was impressive. I was Brewing in a 20 degree garage. There were some hurdles, as you would expect when learning a new system, but I am very happy after my first brewday. I look forward to many more.

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