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Old 08-23-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Pros of grain grewing

We've been brewing for about a year now and I'm one of those people who goes head first into everything. We've been using extracts, but i know there's more out there. The all grain set seems great, but theres alot for equipment envolved? I've got the cash and engineering background, but very limited space at this point. My brother and I are in College (dropping a line for King Arthur's in Oswego, NY). I want to step up the brewing process, and I guess I want to know what I need to at least run part grain. We're working with a kitcheonette on our floor of the dorm hall. Any insight on going past extracts would be great!



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Old 08-23-2007, 05:25 PM   #2
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Try partial mash out, it shouldn't use up any more space than you're already using. The only things you'll really need are a big grain bag, a thermometer, and the grains.

Have fun.



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Old 08-23-2007, 05:26 PM   #3
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you might want to look in to partial mash or mini mash brewing. do you steep any grain?

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Old 08-23-2007, 05:49 PM   #4
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Will you get kicked out for brewing beer in a college dorm? Don't they frown on alcohol in the dorm for under age college kids?

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:30 PM   #5
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Haha yeah, most dorms alcohol is strictly prohibited. Not that we didn't have it, just had to be cautious. Not only that, but we weren't allowed hot plates/toasters of any sort in the building. Steep some grains or mini-mash, both step your flavor us plenty.

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Actually, lots of 21+ folks in the dorms at my old college. They could have all the beer they wanted.

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Thanks for the input folks! Don't worry about me (24 years old), no limit on alcohol, but wort isn't beer now is it;-) I guess I'll go with part grain. Thanks again for the input.

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I'd vote for the 2gallon cooler 'mini-mash' that BYO magazine did an article on.
Let me find the link....
http://www.byo.com/feature/1536.html

Only real difference in partial vs. full mash is the size of the cooler and the brew pot...the rest of the process is pretty much the same.
However all grain gives you full control over the brew. with extracts, you are limited in some respects, particularly darker colors, and the elusive 'extract twang'.

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Did no one mention the cooler conversion yet? Cheap and easy way for all grain or smaller cooler for PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=23008



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