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Old 09-04-2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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I recently started brewing and have one batch under my belt--extract with steeped grains. My question is this: if I want to switch to all grain and have access to the equipment should I do it right away (for my second batch)? Or is there any purpose in doing a few more extract brews? I feel like I have the extract process down pretty well but don't want to jump ahead if it's a bad idea



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Old 09-04-2012, 03:47 AM   #2
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It sounds like something you want to do. Go for it. You will have some head scratching moments. But you will learn a lot about the process very quickly.



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Old 09-04-2012, 03:52 AM   #3
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Do it.

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:55 AM   #4
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I did maybe 6 extract batches before I moved to AG. Nothing magically about that number. Just how long it took me before I could get setup for BIAB. Love the AG brewing. Just take good notes and learn from the mistakes you will make. Move on to AG!

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Old 09-04-2012, 04:01 AM   #5
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If you have read up on the procedures for all grain and you are not intimidated, go for it.

I did 4 extract and 4 partial mash before all grain. The only reason it took that long was the time and expense to gather all the equipment.

There is a lot involved, it takes longer, you have more to pay attention to, but it is not really very difficult.

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I studied this forum, watched a ton of YouTube videos a started with AG out of the gate. Never brewed an extract batch and never looked back. The recipe database is awesome and I've always been happy withe the outcomes.

Go for it!

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:18 AM   #7
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I did one extract batch and a year later did my second brew and went all grain, got me hooked now I brew a lot lol go for it!

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Only you know when you are ready and it sounds like you are. If you can make oatmeal, you can brew all grain. Just have a detailed list of your steps, don't panic if something doesn't go to plan, measure your pre-boil gravity to calculate efficiency, and keep some dme and extra hops on hand in case you under or overshoot your projected efficiency.

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Go for it! I did one canned extract kit, one dry extract with grain kit, straight to stove top biab with my own recipie, to about 15 all grain with a cooler mash tun and Turkey burner, now I'm back to biab but now in a electrically charged recirculating kettle. Only you know what's right for you.

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Hello--
I recently started brewing and have one batch under my belt--extract with steeped grains. My question is this: if I want to switch to all grain and have access to the equipment should I do it right away (for my second batch)? Or is there any purpose in doing a few more extract brews? I feel like I have the extract process down pretty well but don't want to jump ahead if it's a bad idea
I switched to BIAB/all-grain after four extract batches. Best decision I've made since I started brewing.


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