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View Poll Results: What type of malt do you use?
Extract only 64 10.09%
Extract with steeped/mini-mash grains 307 48.42%
All grain 192 30.28%
Multiple methods 71 11.20%
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:23 PM   #1
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All grain, extract, or steep/mini-mash? How do you brew? Add some comments, too if you feel one way makes better beer.

To me, all-grain clearly makes the best beer, but I can understand why people don't have the time and space to do it. Extract brews can be quite good, especially if you do a mini-mash or steep some grains for flavor. I think that's a big step up from all-extract brews. The National Homebrew Competition results back me up on that.

I started all-grain after probably half a dozen batches and have been brewing that way for 12 years or so. I encourage anyone thinking about it to at least give a mini-mash a try. It's easier than the books make it sound. Cheers!

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Old 03-10-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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Oh yeah...let's talk varieties here too. I'll start us off with some:

2-row - The base malt for any beer imaginable. Converts in about 30 seconds.

Caramel/Crystal malt - Adds sweetness, body. Usually a bit too sweet for my tastes, but used in moderation can be great.

Chocolate - Very dark...adds a roasted coffeelike flavor and maybe a slight tang. A little goes a long way in terms of color. I use this onre all the time.

Black Patent - Adds a burnt flavor. Great in really dark beers like stout. A very little goes a long way colorwise. I just put an ounce in 12 gallons of bitter and it added some definite color.

Black Roasted Barley - unmalted black barley...the backbone of stout.

Flaked barley - adds a fantastic creamy body that I love in my bitters.

What malts do y'all like or dislike?

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Old 03-10-2005, 10:34 PM   #3
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I'm still a newb at the all grain but I'm never going back to kit-beer/extract (unless someone gives it to me....which hasn't happened yet).

In my first all grain batch I used some 2-row, and some Med Crystal.

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Old 03-10-2005, 11:14 PM   #4
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Same here, Im fairly new to brewing, with only 1 batch in bottles aging and one in a secondary mellowing. Both were from kits. My next is a grain/extract and I am looking into moving into all grain. I wont be going back to the beginners kits of dry and syrup extracts, but will definately use some of my brew supply house recipes, as well as try to make some of my own. Some are partial, some are all grain, but either way, they are tutors as I see them.

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:55 AM   #5
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Hmmm...can I vote for all-grain even though I've never done a batch? All I know is, I'm not happy with extract; which may not be fair, as I've only done three batches so far, but I'm seeing an undesirable pattern. I've got two of my 5 gallon brews sitting in bottles while I buy commercial brews to enjoy. Morebeer called to let me know the parts for my A.G. setup are on backorder, so I'll have to wait longer, but when they arrive, I'm jumping in with much enthusiasm.

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Old 03-11-2005, 11:56 AM   #6
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I've been brewing AG for about 2 years, I think my beers have improved. When I brewed Partial mash, I brewed the same recipe as a friend and he could not tell the differnece. I will never go back, because I love the AG process and the ingrdients are much cheaper.

I am using Franco Belges as my base 2 row and have loved the results, I bought 4 bags from North Country Malt in NY and couldn't beat the price.

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Extract w/steeped grains here. Just getting started, and it's working for me so far. If I see the opportunity to get into AG cheaply and easily, I'll go for it. Otherwise, I'll keep on keepin' on!

The one thing I've learned about extract brewing combined with botte conditioning...patience, patience, patience!

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Old 03-14-2005, 02:01 AM   #8
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All grain. I can't really say I dislike any grain I've come across. I do favor Brit ale and usually use Marris Otter, but have used Weyermann Pale Ale malt and it was great and now have picked up a sack of Halcyon Pale Ale malt from North Country, so I'll see how that goes!

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Old 03-14-2005, 02:15 AM   #9
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Well, I started with extract kits five years ago. I've slowly progressed to partial mash. Now, I'm looking at getting into all grain but I have to wait until I move to a bigger place. I currently don't have the room to have a setup like that. So, I would have voted for all grain because I so desperately want to start it, but I'm stuck with partial mash right now. You know it's bad when you want to buy a new house to have more room for brewing beer.

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I use the extract w/steep setup. This is the only way I've done it so far. I got a friend of mine into the hobby and his first batch was a tinned no boil "kit". His second was extract/grain and he said he'll never go back. I would like to try the all grain way, but I need a little more time and room.

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