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Old 12-21-2010, 06:52 PM   #1
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How long did you extract brew before switching to all grain, either in number of batches or number of years?

I ask this becasue the topic came up in a conversation with wifey about my brewing endeavors. You see, I have been extract brewing for 16 years. I dare say I have the process about as perfected as I need it to be and I am constantly building new tools or upgrading equipment. I have often thought of switching to all grain, but have never really been motivated to take that step.....until now. So, I thought I'd poll the masses to help arm myself for the forthcoming conversation about why I need to spend more money and take up more space for brewing.

I basically need to confirm my comment to my wife that I am the ONLY person in the country who has extract brewed for 16 years without switching to all grain.

I am also a DIY'er and have no idea how to take small steps.

Thank you in advance.



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Old 12-21-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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I did two extract batches before going all grain and i wont go back to extract again..



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Old 12-21-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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I'm personally going to go against convention and hit the all-grain bandwagon as soon as I can afford the proper equipment for it. Right now, I'm just brewing from beer kits and investing in kegging and fermenting gear.

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I dare say if you'd spent the small amount of money for all grain equipment 10 years ago...you could have saved a small fortune compared to what you spent on extract those years.

This of course assumes you brew on a consistent basis and keep a running pipeline of assorted beers at the ready.

As for me...I went four extracts over four back-to-back weekends before going all grain.

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i did two extract, two partial mash, then went all grain from there.

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I did two extract batches before going all grain and i wont go back to extract again..
I will be quoting you directly. Thank you.
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I dare say if you'd spent the small amount of money for all grain equipment 10 years ago...you could have saved a small fortune compared to what you spent on extract those years.

This of course assumes you brew on a consistent basis and keep a running pipeline of assorted beers at the ready.

As for me...I went four extracts over four back-to-back weekends before going all grain.
VERY True. I did not brew all that frequently until the past year, so that is why I am working ont he switch.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:02 PM   #8
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I did like 5 extract/partial (over 4 years) before getting the bug for a Belgium Triple 1.5 years ago. The only recipe I found at the time was for all grain. I switched to all grain to make that beer. Since then have made about 12 different beers and 70 gallons.

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Old 12-21-2010, 07:05 PM   #9
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I dove in head first. never done an extract or a partial mash. my first bacth was all grain and every batch since has been too. no desire to do extract. Its all grain all the time for me

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Since I'm still new to homebrewing, I'm taking a hands-on class locally in January. After that, I'll understand what's involved, but I don't anticipate going all grain for a while.



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