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Old 01-30-2007, 08:54 PM   #11
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A wort chiller is a must, other wise it will spoil your enjoyment and be a royal PITA.

A hydrometer as well.




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Old 01-30-2007, 09:11 PM   #12
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I do have a hydrometer and use it currently. No wort chiller though, that will have to be picked up.


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Old 01-30-2007, 09:16 PM   #13
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I do have a hydrometer and use it currently. No wort chiller though, that will have to be picked up.


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My wort chiller was probably $40 all together. 1 20 foot section of flex copper refrigeration tubing...$29. Two 6 foot sections of 3/8 inch flex tubing... $2 or $3...can't remember. Two garden hose adapters to fit the flex tubing, $6. Two hose clamps $1.

My link below shows a couple pictures and it was much easier to assemble than you would think.
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:55 PM   #14
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AG takes more equipment that you have to pay for, and takes much more time for the brewing session

It is slightly more difficult than extract brewing for the first few brews, but gets easier with a bit of experience under your belt.

On the other hand, AG is cheaper than extract (once you have the equipment) allowing you to recoup the cost of the equipment over time.

Only you can decide if the extra time and initial expense is worth it.

I've recovered the cost of equipment many times over, and think it definitely worth the extra time.

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Old 01-30-2007, 11:50 PM   #15
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I have yet to meet an AG brewer that says " This sucks! Way too much of a PITA!" All who have made the jump that I know of are glad they did.

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Old 01-30-2007, 11:54 PM   #16
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I have yet to meet an AG brewer that says " This sucks! Way too much of a PITA!" All who have made the jump that I know of are glad they did.
Is it because it's true or just that you have so much crap by then that there is no turning back

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Old 01-30-2007, 11:55 PM   #17
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I started with AG, I have never once used an extract, so it is not nearly as hard as people are led to beleive that it is. This is not rocket science, it is like boiling water for Mac and Cheese!

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Old 01-31-2007, 12:21 AM   #18
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This is not rocket science, it is like boiling water for Mac and Cheese!

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I does seem like that. Just keeping an eye on temps for starch conversions and then the space overhead. I will get into it, I just need to find the space.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:56 AM   #19
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I just finsihed my first all-grain brew this last Sunday. I agree that Palmer's book was integral in taking this first step. Other than sitting outside tending the boil in 21 degree temps, it wasn't too bad. The worst part of it, it was so cold that my homebrew froze on me before I could finish it. It was the first time that I had to use beer cozies to keep a beer warm! Ha!

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Old 01-31-2007, 01:04 AM   #20
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I boil in my garage... a few weeks back it was about 25F outside and the garage was warmer than my HOUSE...!

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