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bperlmu 02-21-2008 02:30 AM

Do professional breweries ever use extract?
I was just wondering whether malt extract was ever used by professional breweries or is really just a homebrewer thing? just something ive been curious about....

Professor Frink 02-21-2008 02:33 AM

I've heard rumors of some using it, but I don't believe that many if any do, given that extract brewing is more expensive than whole grain (imagine multiplying that times 100 or more), as well as limiting your options for the types of beers you can make.

ohiobrewtus 02-21-2008 02:36 AM

About the only time that I can see a real brewery using any form of extract is in the creation of an outrageously high abv brew.

bperlmu 02-21-2008 02:43 AM

yeah i guess that makes sense, extract is definately more expensive

rabidgerbil 02-21-2008 02:57 AM

In one of the episodes of his "radio" show, Jamil talked about a brewpub, I am afraid that I do not remember which one, that brews extract beers. He commented on the awards that they have won with their extract brews, and the fact that in blind taste tests, people can not tell the difference between their beers and AG beers. If I remember correct, the reason for them doing extract had to do with space limitations.

olllllo 02-21-2008 03:08 AM

They make extract systems specifically for restaurants and bars.

bradsul 02-21-2008 03:10 AM


Originally Posted by olllllo
They make extract systems specifically for restaurants and bars.

I think I saw something in a magazine that was an extract based, fully turn-key brew pub solution (the brewery part anyway).

CBBaron 02-21-2008 01:56 PM

An extract based brewery could fit in a modest sized closet allowing a space constrained bar/restaurant to be a brewpub. I could see it making sense in a number of locations as a marketing ploy. I know I go out of my way for brewpubs. I could not see it making sense for a microbrewery whose only product is beer.

tbulger 02-21-2008 02:12 PM

My friend worked in a brewery and he said the brewmaster would take a gravity reading at the end of the sparge and if the gravity was not dead on he added dme to get his target OG.

david_42 02-21-2008 02:14 PM

Yes, there are breweries that use extract. In several cases I know of, it is a matter of waste disposal. If you can't sell (or give away) your spent grain, this can be a real problem. Pound for pound, spent grains are higher in protein that raw grains. Yeast and hop trub are also good food for cattle. But, some places like Orange Country California, trucking grain out to the cows would be a major expense.

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