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Old 08-15-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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Yesterday I completed just my 4th batch of brew. The first 2 batches were extract kits, the 3rd was a partial mash using a bag in an igloo 2 gallon cooler. The 4th was another partial mash, but this time using a braid/valve setup with the same 2 gallon cooler. The process was great! Until it came time to pour in the LME. So sticky and messy. I now see the light!

I did an AHS Oatmeal Stout kit, and my OG came in at 1.051 (estimated was 1.053). This was also the first time I used a starter, and this morning that thing is bubbling like crazy!

I have one more partial mash kit (AHS rogue hazelnut clone) to do, and then I plan on going AG. My first AG batch will be BeerMuncher's Centennial Blonde, and I can't wait!

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Old 08-15-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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AG always ends up being less difficult than you think. I did a Centennial Blonde this weekend.

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i went AG. cant beleive i ever wasted my time with extract

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+1 basics of all grain are easy but getting everything dialed in and the whole process tight takes time effort and knowledge... At least for me. Getting temps and ferm temps and stir plates etc took some time but it rocks!

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Old 08-15-2011, 07:37 PM   #5
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I've been doing AG for about 4 years now, brewing for 5. I still have a lot of love for extract brewing. You can make some awesome brews with extract. I still do extract batches every once in a while if I'm strapped for time and don't want to deal with grinding and mashing, and the extra equipment to clean.

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I just did two extract batches last weekend. When I have plans, I'll squeeze two simultaneous extract batches in real quick in the morning (before the wife wakes up). Aside from those types of brews, I've never looked back. AG is way easier than people make it out to be.

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Old 08-15-2011, 08:36 PM   #7
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I think I'm one of few people who started ag, never did extract or anything.

I think people think ag is more difficult than it is. It's just different from extract and needs a bit more equipment and time.

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I spent a bit over a year doing mostly extracts with a mini mash here and there.

I did my first AG this weekend and I'm hooked. Needless to say, not everything went according to plan, but it was a great learning experience and I'm looking forward to improving my process with each future batch.

I don't think i'll be going back to extracts any time soon!

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I think I'm one of few people who started ag, never did extract or anything.

I think people think ag is more difficult than it is. It's just different from extract and needs a bit more equipment and time.
I am one of those people too, I have also never bottled a batch, I have been kegging from day one.
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I agree with everyone's comments. I thought AG would be much more difficult. You see these peoples brewing sculpture setups with multiple burners and pots and it just seems like that would require way more equipment than I already have. Now I realize I just need to get a 5 gallon cooler and I'll be able to do an AG batch. I have 2 existing 5 gallon coolers (we use for serving punch at partys) that I will use as hot liquid tanks for the sparge water. So I can do it with just one burner and pot.

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