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MoreBeer’s New School Kicks Hazy Pale Ale Kit
New School Kicks is categorized as a Hazy Pale Ale. I don’t know if that’s an official style, but it’s a perfect description to know what’s in store for you. It’s a cousin to the uber-popular Hazy IPA, but less hoppy.
Unboxing and Kit Inventory
Grain: I opted for un-milled grains, as I like to crush my own to have control of the grain crush. The malts were packaged in pre-measured bags of 5 lb and 1 lb increments, from Viking Malts. Therefore it was easy to cross-reference to the recipe card to confirm I got the right amounts of everything.
Base Malts in 5 lb and 1 lb BagsViking 2-Row Xtra Pale Malt
Hops: The hops came in light-proof, thick bags, where the hops supposedly were nitrogen flushed before bagging.
Hops Packaged by Artisan
Yeast: The recipe kits from MoreBeer don’t come with a specific yeast, instead they give you a list of yeast recommendations from the different yeast vendors they carry (White Labs, Wyeast, Gigayeast, Imperial, and Omega). I hadn’t used Gigayeast before, so I opted for the GY054 – Gigayeast Vermont IPA. Gigayeast packages contain 200 billion yeast cells, which on the package they say can be used as a straight pitch without a starter to ferment 5 gallons of wort up to 1.070 gravity. So that’s a great time saver. The yeast came inside a foil-lined bubble wrap padded envelope with an ice pack. Things were still cool inside after a FedEx shipment from PA to MI- not cold, but sufficient.
Yeast Packaged in Bubble Envelope With Ice PacksFresh GigaYeast Package- Only 3 Weeks OldRecipe Card and Tap Handle Insert. Recipe Details Redacted.
Easy to Follow Recipe Card + Tap Handle Insert: In addition to the ingredients, there was a recipe card with basic brewing directions, a cut-out shape to go with the MoreBeer custom tap handle, and a sheet of basic brewing process tips.
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