Originally Posted by Blackhawkbrew
I'm thinking about getting the AHS Mini-Mash Holiday Ale kit. I'm a bit nervous, though. This will be my first venture out of the comfort that is the extract world. Has anyone every used AHS mini-mash kits? Are the instructions easy to follow? What extra equipment is needed?
I guess I should just bite the bullet and jump in, huh?
I've done an AHS mini mash kit, and it was very easy. The instructions told me to use a very large grain bag, and mash in the kettle. I followed the instructions (including the boil size, about 2.5 gallons, if I remember correctly) and it came out great. The next time I ordered a mini-mash kit, I used my bottling bucket lined with that very large grain bag, and made that my MLT. That worked fine, too, but I had to wrap a sleeping blanket around it to keep the temperature from dropping too much.
I was very happy with those kits, and they didn't require anything I already didn't have (I have a ton of those large mesh bags, for wine making).