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Old 11-12-2008, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default Money saved?

How much money can you actually save if you move from extract to a partial mash? I've made 5 batches at an intermediate level using extract and I want to move into partial mashing. I don't have the space or materials to move to AG yet.

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:58 PM   #2
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I don't think you can save much because half the grains you would have to buy anyway.

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:27 AM   #3
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If you're still buying extract as a majority of your fermentable base, I don't think you'll save a ton. Getting away from extract is really the only way to cut cost on raw materials because it is so expensive.

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Old 11-13-2008, 01:09 AM   #4
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Although i haven't noticed it with many online retailers, a few places like High Gravity in Tulsa, Okla. will discount ~$2 to move from extract to partial mash. I think it's odd that it wouldn't be a little bit cheaper to do a PM, but i don't run the business so i don't make the rules.

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Old 11-13-2008, 01:20 AM   #5
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You should ask - how much money will I lose?
Answer - just a little bit. But the beer will taste better and you get to expand the scope of your hobby.

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I just like the idea of buying more grains instead of costly extract.

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Old 11-13-2008, 01:41 AM   #7
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I just like the idea of buying more grains instead of costly extract.
If thats the idea, come to the dark side and go AG!!!

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i guess you could probably save more money if you bought your base grains in bulk and even your specialty grains if you thought you could use them fast enough.

That way you'd only have to shell out for the hops, extract and maybe yeast for each different recipe.

You could really save some money if you bought your extract in bulk, too, but you'd have to brew enough to use it before it went 'bad'.

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Old 11-13-2008, 01:49 AM   #9
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I'm quickly realizing that I will NOT save money by going PM, BUT I do want more control over my brews. Eventually, I'll go AG but I need my own house and proper equiptment first.

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None because you buy more toys and gadgets to become a better brewer, money well spent in my book.

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