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Old 11-21-2011, 03:39 PM   #1
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How many of you out there throw in an extract batch or two once in a while? I have had no time of late so committing the better part of a day to all grain brew has been impossible to fit in. I'm thinking about maybe doing an extract batch due to how quickly you can bang it out. I'm a bit conflicted though because I feel like it would be cheating. Do I just need to get over myself? I don't like buying beer.....

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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Get over it, brew however you can. Extract brews can still be awesome if done well.

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:42 PM   #3
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Just make an extract batch man. You're still making beer, can't see why you'd be conflicted about it. I have the ingredients coming for an all grain and an extract recipe. I have a killer Weizenbock extract recipe I made that the wife wants me to brew up again so we don't run out. Eventually I will convert that one to all grain but for now it's a solid recipe that works so I'm doing it again as extract. Do AG when you finally have the time.


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Old 11-21-2011, 03:44 PM   #4
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I do mainly AG, however during the winter I'll usually do at least a couple of extract brews because I can do the entire process indoors. Last year two of my extract brews (Munich Dunkel and Oktoberfest) won 1st and 2nd place at our State Fair, so I'd say don't feel conflicted about making quality beer with extract.

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When I'm really squeezed for time and want to get something fermenting, I do an extract batch with a 15 minute boil and hop burst it. This way I can brew something super quick.

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:55 PM   #6
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If you have lots of time, brew AG. If you have a little time, brew extract. If you have no time, just go buy some good beer and enjoy it.

Moral of the story - there's always time for beer.

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:56 PM   #7
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When I'm really squeezed for time and want to get something fermenting, I do an extract batch with a 15 minute boil and hop burst it. This way I can brew something super quick.
Elaborate please. I've got 2 empty fermenters and will be brewing up an AG batch this weekend to fill one of them. If I could fill the other while mashing the first, I'd be in heaven.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:06 PM   #8
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I can't take credit for it, I learned of the idea on Basic Brewing Radio. Follow the recipe found in this thread ( http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/15-m...llo-ale-58866/ ). If you have a gas burner and a good chiller it can be done really really quickly and the end result is a fantastic pale ale. I've also done this in a partial boil, but I had to tinker with the hop additions to get the desired IBUs out of it.

I've done this with cascade, simcoe, amarillo and centennial hops. They were all really good beers.

Edit: Here's a video that covers the topic as well. James said it took him 2.5 hours start to finish including clean up. I've gotten it under 2 hours with a partial boil to help speed up the cooling process at the end. http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.ph...e-amarillo-ale

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Old 11-21-2011, 04:12 PM   #9
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You can always do some interesting no boil wines as well. Apple wine and mead come to mind...

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Old 11-21-2011, 05:04 PM   #10
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Geez..

I'm sure you could push something to the side and make room for some All Grain brewing if you put your mind to it.

Something like girlfriend/wife/kids/eating/sleeping.

There will always be more of that later. Well, maybe not the wife/girlfriend/kids, but you gotta look at your priorities.

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