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Old 11-27-2009, 05:07 AM   #11
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The wort chiller is the only thing holding me back as well. I plan on going shopping in the morning for a turkey fryer on the best day of the year for such a purchase.

I guess I'll just forgo a batch or two so that I can save a few bucks for an IC.
I wouldn't let that hold you back. I can get my wort down to below 80 degrees in around an hour but putting the brew pot in my bathtub and filling it with cold water. As soon as my boil is done I put the cover on and put it in the tub of cold water. Almost instantly it falls to 150 degrees.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:49 PM   #12
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How did you cool your wort?
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That is about all that is stopping me from going all grain....I have even considered doing no chill because of it.
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...I have everything I need to brew extract plus a few extras, ei wort chiller. Is there anything else I would need?
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The wort chiller is the only thing holding me back as well. I plan on going shopping in the morning for a turkey fryer on the best day of the year for such a purchase.

I guess I'll just forgo a batch or two so that I can save a few bucks for an IC.
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I wouldn't let that hold you back. I can get my wort down to below 80 degrees in around an hour but putting the brew pot in my bathtub and filling it with cold water. As soon as my boil is done I put the cover on and put it in the tub of cold water. Almost instantly it falls to 150 degrees.
Oh yea, I forgot that detail in my OP. I used the bathtub full of water method. This time of year, my tap water is pretty cold so it takes just under an hour to cool to <80* F. During the summer sometimes I'll freeze a couple gallon jugs of water, sanitize the outside and drop one in the pot and a couple in the tub of water. Sometimes I just wait longer.

I'll get an IC (or something) when time and money permit, as cooling faster is better, but I don't think its big enough of a deal to stop you from taking the plunge. I really don't think the homebrewers in 6BC had immersion chillers, and they invented the stuff, so there you go.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:54 PM   #13
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Once you move to all grain I bet you will say "Why did I wait so long". More fun to the brew day when you can play with different gains, milling your grains etc.... So much more control and again more fun. Brewing should be fun and that is what all grain has brought to me.

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Old 11-27-2009, 01:41 PM   #14
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I do want to move to all grain, primarily because there are technical things I want to do that I just can't accomplish with PM'ing like using base grains other than 2 row or changing the mash temp to change the end result.

That said, after a couple "off" PM and extract batches I'm first concentrating on making sure my process is really dialed in. One thing at a time.

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Old 11-27-2009, 01:51 PM   #15
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It's easy to read some of the more advanced posts in here and think that AG is really hard and you can't do it.
I think this occurs not only in other areas of home brewing, but other hobby forums as well. Too often it is easy for a post to appear that you HAVE to do this, you HAVE to do this.

The thing with making beer is there are so many ways to skin this cat that it isn't even funny.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:55 PM   #16
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An excellent down to earth OP. Duly prosted!

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Old 11-27-2009, 02:23 PM   #17
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That said, after a couple "off" PM and extract batches I'm first concentrating on making sure my process is really dialed in. One thing at a time.
I wouldn't worry about dialing in PMs or extracts because you'll have to do the exact same thing when moving to AG anyway...that's what I found out. The key would be just making the move when you're comfortable.

I made the move last year at this time because my extracts were not "dialed in."
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:03 PM   #18
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Well you guys have convinced me. I'm picking up materials for a mash tun ASAP.

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Don't let AG scare anyone. I avoided it for awhile too. If you have any basic cooking skills you can handle AG.

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Old 11-27-2009, 05:11 PM   #20
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Tonight I'm picking up a 10 gallon cooler, and a turkey fryer hopefully tomorrow I will do my first AG batch!

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