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Old 06-06-2010, 02:33 AM   #1
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Default Why I Went Back to Extract This Summer

I feel guilty admitting this: I backslid and did an liquid extract beer today.

It's so dang hot here in Texas that I decided to reduce brew time and just do an extract wheat beer. I've been doing all grain for over 2 years. I just wanted some beer and I didn't want to sweat that long outside.

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Old 06-06-2010, 02:47 AM   #2
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I don't think its anything to feel guilty about! People make really fine beer from malt extract.

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Old 06-06-2010, 02:53 AM   #3
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i just stepped up to all grain a few months ago but i will admit that the last 2 brews i have made a watermelon wheat and a wit were partial mashes both turned out fantastic.

your still making beer, unless you start making pisswater beers like blue ribbon or coors i say cheers and good luck.

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Old 06-06-2010, 03:04 AM   #4
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If you can make "pisswater beers" with no off flavors then you know you're a good brewer.

I've been thinking about picking up a 50# case of DME just so that I can play around with some extract brews. You get to skip so many steps. It's really nice to have a batch of beer done in two hours rather than 4-5.

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Old 06-06-2010, 03:07 AM   #5
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That's cool. When I brew Barley Wine I do extract.

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I've been doing extracts and will be starting all grain with my next brewday(not sure when yet though). However, I have made some amazing beers using extract, and have 2 more promising extract batches in the closet now. Personally, I don't see why everyone hates on the extract, my main reason for going all grain is to try it and see what all the fuss is about, as well as to help reduce costs since grain seems to be much cheaper than DME/LME these days.

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Old 06-06-2010, 03:45 AM   #7
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I live in Ft. Worth and just "enjoyed" an AG brewing session this afternoon with the heat and humidity in my garage. I usually look forward to brew day but not when it is this hot. Can't wait for July and August.

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Old 06-06-2010, 12:55 PM   #8
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Speaking as an extract brewer I wouldn't diss you for doing what you did. I even had a friend call me because he brews AG and he wanted to "learn" extract brewing as I was doing it. After a few chuckles at my end and him declaring he was serious we got together. I told him that brewing with extract is like baking a cake from a mix. He said that if he had never baked a cake from a mix he would want to learn how to do that properly as well. Touché!

Also, I have spoken to many people about sterilized wort kits we have here in Canada called Festabrew from Magnotta. A lot of people like them and they're dead easy to make. Apparently you end with decent beer and it's really easy, so is there shame in that?

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There is no shame in making beer, no matter what method is used. I do up an extract kit every now and then as well some Partial Mash brewing for big beers.

I prefer all grain because I like the total control that I get. I mean, you can add/remove a little or replace/exchange something and make an all new beer. That being said, I don't like to mash 20 lbs of grain for a barley wine and that is where my DME is important to me.

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I feel as though I could probably successfully pull-off and all grain but I'll stick to extracts and PM's. I have two little kids and I don't have the free time I had in years past. Once they are both in school, I'll probably attempt some AG brewing. For the record...When I find a great recipe, (thanks BierMuncher!) some of my extracts are regarded as high as some AG recipes according to neighbors and friends.
*Edit: My real dislike for extract brewing is how strict AG'ers look down their nose at you when you tell them you brew with powder from a bag.

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