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Brew Kit Review: BlueBerry Cream Ale

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All-grain kits can prove to be a tricky business for home-brewers, unless you have the right equipment and a great supplier. Thanks to MoreBeer, BierBuzz has both and ventured down the all-grain road. 

I was challenged by our founder, Jason, that it was so easy to follow along with the directions given by MoreBeer that I, a beginner, could brew alongside him with no difficulty. I thought it a bold statement, and was hesitantly cautious about how our brewing session would go.

We initially set-up all the equipment we would be using and prepared to brew the “Berry Kit” ale. The process began with us using our water filter (also found at MoreBeer) and filling up our boil kettle (Pro version, stainless steel/thermometer on the kettle: available in 8 and 15 gallon). We got the temperature up to the 145̊ we needed to begin the process. We then transferred that over to our 10 gallon mash tun cooler, and then slowly added our grain and used our mash paddle to make sure the grains did not clump. At this point in the brewing we could already start to catch the aroma of the grains we were using (Crème Ale). An hour later we then prepared the sparging process we drained our mash back into our boil kettle. This second cooler poured over our grains to make sure we got all of the excess sugars, and this too was drained into our boil kettle. 

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