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Old 07-17-2007, 12:54 AM   #1
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I know its the next step from extract with specialty grains (though I understand some stop off at the partial mash rest stop first though I would just go full guns), but why? Does the beer taste that much better using all grain? I am pretty confident that I am going to jump to all grain regardless, but before I jump in with the 10 gallon cooler mash tun and the wort chiller (already have the turkey fryer), I just wanted to hear from everyone with experience as to why they think it is better. I presume the beer tastes better, right?

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:56 AM   #2
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I think my AG brews taste a lot better. But you also have complete control over your beer to make whatever style or recipe you want. Some things just aren't going to work from extract.

Plus, it is really fun and satisfying to make something completely from scratch!

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Old 07-17-2007, 01:01 AM   #3
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What Flyguy said.

TO elaborate--some ingredients (and therefore some beer styles) really require mashing, so they can only be porperly brewed PM or AG.

Plus, it's fun, you get some more toys and steps to play with, and it brings your per-batch ingredient cost down pretty significantly.

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Old 07-17-2007, 01:01 AM   #4
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The beer tastes way better. Plus, it is fun.

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I love that you guys respond so fast! I am brewing what turned out to be a great batch (but its almost gone!), so I was really thinking about brewing AG again. I am going to do a full volume boil on my turkey fryer this weekend (extract IPA) to try out so that I can get that experience.

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Remember that feeling of accomplishment you had after you tasted your first homebrew?? Well, it's nothing compared to how you feel after you do your first AG. Hell I get that "I done good" feeling still after every AG batch

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Remember that feeling of accomplishment you had after you tasted your first homebrew?? Well, it's nothing compared to how you feel after you do your first AG. Hell I get that "I done good" feeling still after every AG batch
Amen to that! I still get a kick out of tasting the liquor in the mash tun after conversion and it's sweet.

You can make amazing beers with extract + steeping grains but I think a lot of it is pride too. I know I had way more pride in my AG beers than my extract batches. There's nothing like the feeling of putting time and effort into something and getting exactly the end result you wanted (ok not always but nobody else needs to know that ).
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I think they taste tons better than my extract beers. Plus i really really enjoy the process.

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Every time a pull one of my all grain home brews, I take a sip and marvel at the unbelievable taste and quality, and then I marvel at the fact that I made it.

I just put on a new keg of Haus Pale and Bavarian Hefe and both are simply fantastic. My third tap is Apfelwein.

Why go all grain? The beer is better than lots of commercial beers.

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Think of it in terms of resolution - you might get 256 colors from extract, but millions of different colors from all grain. There are so many different types of beer you can make from all grain, when you're somewhat limited with extract. Plus, the first time one of my lighter color ales came out the perfect color, since there's not much worry about caramelization, it was amazing.

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