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Old 10-09-2012, 02:36 AM   #1
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Default Switching from All Grain to Extract - yes you read that right!

Am I the only one? I started brewing 20 years ago with a small kettle, a plastic bucket, and a batch tub as a chiller. I graduated to a Sabco Brew Magic and brewed all grain for the past 17 years. After ignoring my system for a while, I sold it.

Now I'm about to get back to it. I reserved my Blichmann 14 gallon conical and draft setup. I have since acquired a Blichmann 20 gallon boilermaker kettle thru Craigslist, a Blichmann floor burner, and a whirlpool immersion chiller/march pump setup (jamil's).

So,you see, I'm ready to make some quality brew via extract and partial mash techniques. As silly as it sounds, can my new brothers in brew guide me to solid techniques as I "step back" in complexity? Obviously I'll be doing full wort boils, and getting to pitching temp rapidly. I'm most concerned with quality extract, proper boil time, and so on. I'll be doing ales - ipa, porter, some seasonal stuff.

Thoughts or threads to guide me to?

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:42 AM   #2
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The extract brewing tab of this forum is awesome I actually stept up to all grain from extract but I learned tons reading there

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:48 AM   #3
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As you say, a step back in complexity, perhaps BIAB? Something recently developed by the Australians. If not, I would think the online stores move a lot of extract and sell fresh product...good luck and have fun after the timeout...cheers!

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Trade dumping extract into the boil kettle instead of mashing and everything else is exactly the same as what you've been doing for the last 20 years. As for what extract to use, that depends on what you're brewing and what you like. I preferred DME over LME when I brewed extract and I bought it in bulk to keep costs down.

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As you say, a step back in complexity, perhaps BIAB? Something recently developed by the Australians. If not, I would think the online stores move a lot of extract and sell fresh product...good luck and have fun after the timeout...cheers!
I now do almost all of my 5 gallon or smaller brews using BIAB instead of a mashtun. My efficiency stays in the 70+ percent range and this has shorten my brew time by 90 minutes w/o needing to sparge. This can be done very easily with just one burner.

Nothing wrong with doig all extract brews but doing BIAB is not a huge amount of extra work if you can still crush the grain.
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Another gentle nudge to try full-volume, no-sparge BIAB. You get the flexibility of all-grain recipes without much additional time and labor over extract.

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:18 AM   #7
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use dme instead of lme

I went years without doing an all grain batch, just extract for convenience but extract cost just crept up on me so I started doing big partials and recently more all grain again.

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I'm intrigued by BIAB. I've heard of it but never looked into it too much. I brew 10 gallon batches and my kettle is 20 gallons. Can I do a 10 gallon BIAB batch?

Thanks everyone! I'm glad I discovered HBT!

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I brew 10 gallon batches and my kettle is 20 gallons. Can I do a 10 gallon BIAB batch?
Yes...double batch size is a good size kettle. You have the perfect set up for 10 gal BIAB.
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There is nothing wrong with extract brewing if that is what you want to do. The only real "trick" is to add some/most of the extract late in the boil. It tends to darken much more than an AG batch would if you put it all in to start. Everything else is exactly the same as you are used to.

I'm sure there are people out there doing 10 gallon BIAB's, but it seems like a major pain to me. You are talking about a huge sack of hot, wet grain to be moving around.

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