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Old 01-08-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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I would like to learn more about making all grain beer but frankly am a bit confused about how to do it. Can anyone recommend any books or even online guides on how to do it? Also, has anyone here ever posted a guide on how to get started? (I tried searching but my initial search didn't come up with anything). Most of the threads here seem to discuss equipment setups, but not much about how you actually do it.

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Old 01-08-2006, 03:43 PM   #2
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For a start...

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/index.html

http://cruisenews.net/brewing/infusion/

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Best place to start would be Palmer's Howtobrew, I've linked the section on all grain. The online version is the 1st edition. Palmer includes more information than you need to get started, but I like his approach.

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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/ProdByCat.aspx?Cat=60

Follow the above link to Midwest brewing and inquire about their Homebrew DVD , it is offered with any order. You may even be able to purchas it for a nominal fee ( I'm not sure about that) .
This is good because you can see it done not just readabout it, though I'll second the idea of John Palmers book.
His first edition is availabe online in it's entirety.
enter Google search for him.
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Thank you everyone. I've got a lot of reading to do now.

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You'll get a good insight from the links above.

Here's a very quick run down

Take base and specialty grains soak it in hot water for an hour to turn starch to sugar
Rinse with hot water to release sugar and other bits, collect the run off this is called wort.
Add water to wort to give around 6.5 gallons
Boil for around an hour or so adding hops to give bitternes, flavour and aroma.
Once reduced to about 5 gallons cool transfer to fermenter add yeast. In a week you'll have beer (Flat and unaged but beer all the same)

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good links above. also try Brewing Quality Beers by Byron Burch and New Brewing Lager Beer by Gregory J. Noonan. the first being the easiest and the later being the more detailed and intense.

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The trouble with books is that they can give conflicting information. I'm very impressed with Palmer's Howtobrew, but IMHO the best way to learn its to read a basic book (such as Palmer), and do it. Once you have a few brews completed, you can get a lot more out of the books than you could without any practical experience.

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Add water to wort to give around 6.5 gallons...
Should this step be in AG brewing (seems to defeat the object a little bit to me)?

Do you mean "Continue to sparge to give boil volume of 6.5 gallons"
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Yes because you'll loose around a gallon in boiling and some will be left in the brew kettle with the hops and hot break gunk. So if you started with 5 gallon you'd only end up with around 4 gallon in the fermenter. If you have finished sparging at less than 6.5gallon (nominal) then you can just top up with water.

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