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Old 01-28-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default Step by Step Guide to AG

Hi everyone,
I've been brewing now for a decent amount of time, and I want to step it up to AG. I've done plenty of reading about it, and it seems do-able. The problem is that it seem too do-able, almost like I'm doing it wrong (or would do it wrong if I did it). Before I jump in and do it, I want to make sure I am going to do it right, with equipment, software, measurements and everything. Does anyone know of a thorough online guide that does a clear step by step for AG? I've read things like homebrewing for dummies, and it goes over it but I'm still not 100%, and I'd also rather not have to read an entire book (I'm in college, I have other things to read). I'm not saying I'm too lazy to read, just not an entire book. A nice, thorough, detailed guide online would be great to compliment all the tips I've read in here.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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I like the Chris Knight videos on YouTube. They made the process seem less daunting to me before I started.

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We have a sticky on the top of this forum that has several step-by-step guides:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/all-...torials-78963/

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i'm sure it's as easy as you think it is.

i went thru the same thing before doing my first AG. "there has to be more too it!"

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Its not rocket science - roll up your sleeves and get to it! You'll make mistakes (but you'll still make beer - and be damned proud of it). Take good notes and review them later to see what you did well and what you need to fix.

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I recently made the jump and have 4 very successful AG batches under my belt. It is as easy as you think - provided you make a game plan of steps and stick to it. Just like cooking/baking I lay out all my measured ingredients, cleaned/sanitized equipment and have a printed set of instructions with times clearly highlighted. I read all the tutorials on this site and watched a few vids on youtube before I pulled the trigger. My first AG I had 80% efficiency!

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Ok, maybe I was wrong and it really is that easy! My next batch is going to for a brewing competition with my brother, so I'm going to play it safe and stay with what I know (extract). But after that I think I'll make the jump! Of course, I'm going to check out those youtube videos and that thread first. Thanks for the help and advice!

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The hardest part of all-grain brewing is arguing about it on the interwebs ;-)

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The hardest part of all-grain brewing is arguing about it on the interwebs ;-)
LOL! That is TRUE!

Seriously, there is a lot you CAN do with AG, but at it's basics it's hardly any more difficult than extract. The biggest difference is the amount of fiddling you do before-hand to get the right amounts of stuff.

It's really probably as easy as you think it is. I know after my first batch I went, "Jeez! I should have done this a long time ago!"
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the hardest part of all-grain brewing is arguing about it on the interwebs ;-)
yes!
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