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silver02ws6 01-24-2007 02:33 AM

Thinking of Skiping PM
I have done 3 extract brews to date, and have done alot of review on the PM process as well as AG brewing. I thought at first i wanted to do PM. Yet the more i think about it the more i want to just go ahead and do all grain.

A friend of mine is wanting to get into brewing so i told him if he would provide at least an 8 gallon pot i would try to round up what few extra pieces we would need to just go ahead with some all grain batches.

I want to only do single infusion mash process to begin with, from what i understand from reading step mashing wouldnt be that much harder just little more attention to detail.

Anyone think im crazy for wanting to do this or should i just jump right in. It just doesnt seem that the process is all that hard just time consuming.

Let me know what you all grain guys/gals out there think.


JohnnyK68 01-24-2007 02:41 AM

In a way I dont blame you at all. I just got a mini mash tun and did a PM. Now I am sort of wishing I just got the AG equipment and went AG. Only thing is I dont have a basement or garage and cant use a propane burner in the house. So I will have to stay with PM in the winter and then switch to AG in the summer. It looked real intimedating at first but the more and more I read about it, I dont think it has to be that complicated.

RichBrewer 01-24-2007 02:43 AM

If you think you are ready and don't mind the initial expense, I say go for it. I went AG after about 4 or 5 batches.

Brewpilot 01-24-2007 02:56 AM

My first brew was an all grain, I say go all grain. It may seem daunting, but all you do is steep grains in hot water, drain the water, then boil. Temp control is a key, but there are so many formulas and calculators out there, shouldnt be an issue. You will love it, and I am proof that you can start with AG and be successful, ask SWMBO.


8string 01-24-2007 03:04 AM

My 12th batch was AG and only 4 months after my first brewing experience. I just jumped in with just a cooler and a SS braid. I had to hold down the rubbermaid factory spigot the whole time. But I learned more in my first attempt, than I could have sitting around reading these forums over and over. And now Im drinking my delicious first all grain bitter! Go for it!:mug:

Brewpilot 01-24-2007 03:11 AM

You will undoubtably have some growing pains, but it is fun and it is HARD to screw up beer. Have fun with it!


Chairman Cheyco 01-24-2007 03:16 AM

I did a few PMs before making the big jump, and things went pretty smooth when I did. There's lots to learn.

alemonkey 01-24-2007 03:17 AM

If you feel comfortable go for it. AG is a lot easier than some people think. I only did one or two PM's before switching to AG.

boldone 01-24-2007 03:50 AM

I only did one PM before going AG and that was because I did not have a pot big enough for a full boil. If you have everything to go AG, go for it, it is so worth it.

the_bird 01-24-2007 03:57 AM


Originally Posted by boldone
I only did on PM before going AG and that was because I did not have a pot big enough for a full boil. If you have everything to go AG, go for it, it is so worth it.

Me, too. I could only boil five gallons (barely that), so I did about eight pounds of grain and a couple pounds of DME.

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