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Old 06-24-2008, 04:37 AM   #1
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Default When did you make the switch to AG?

I'm still a noob, having brewed 7 batches so far(all extract and 1 AHS mini mash). All of my batches have been full boils. I was just wondering when most people make the switch? I have by no means perfected extract brewing, but would like to venture into AG. I'm the type of person who would rather do the best I can and have not as good beer, than make great beer knowing that I'm taking the easy way out. Is it mostly space/money that prevents people or is there some other logic to it? I hope that makes sense.

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Old 06-24-2008, 04:41 AM   #2
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If you have the means (money) and space go for it. You have a good understanding of the process but it does take a bit more time to your brew day.

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Old 06-24-2008, 04:50 AM   #3
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I think I did 9 extracts before my first PM. Then I only did one PM before going AG

I am planning my first extract since I made the switch. The wife wants to start brewing what she likes, so she is going to start with a few extracts.

It took a while for me to get over the fact that it wasnt that hard to do and build a MLT. I made the switch once I felt comfortable enough

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Old 06-24-2008, 05:19 AM   #4
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I did 5 extract batches before I did an AG on borrowed equipment for a club collaboration. I still had one extract kit left, so I did that last one after. Now I am doing AG only.

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Old 06-24-2008, 05:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I'm moving soon(maybe a month or 2), so after that, I'll jump in. Til' then, I'll keep re-reading how to brew and do as much research as possible to prepare

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Old 06-24-2008, 05:39 AM   #6
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my first mini-mash was 40 brews in.

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It was sooo long ago But I think I did 3 partials maybe 2 then jumped in head first. No turning back now!!!! Wouldn't even think of it.....
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2 extract brews and then I went straight into AG. My first AG is currently sitting in the carboy.... I hope it turns out OK.

My advice is to research AG extensively before jumping in. It can be a tad overwhelming at first, considering the added cost of equipment and a more involved brewing procedure, but I think it is ultimately worth it. You get the freshest beer possible because you are making everything from scratch, and your brewing will actually be cheaper in the long run. Extract is expensive to make so it is expensive to buy. An extract kit that would normally cost $37 dollars might be as cheap as $21 if you do an all grain version.

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In my case, far too long.

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A few years ago I brewed two or three great extract batches. I then tried an AG and it was a disaster from brew day on; didn't brew again for several years. Since starting back up I've made six extract (with grain) batches, and plan the next to be a partial mash using the method described on the BYO site (recently saw the link posted here on HBT): Countertop Partial Mashing. I brew inside, so when I do finally venture into AG, it'll probably be a variation of the Texas Two-step or some such.

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