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Old 06-28-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default Why Not Start Home Brewing w/ All Grain Method?

That's what I'm doing. At first I was a little intimidated by all the lingo, but I read Palmer, Papazian, and many, many of the threads on this amazing website and I plan on doing my first home brew batch ever and I'm going all grain right off the bat. My cousin, who has participated in a couple malt extract batches is also going to be in attendance, so it will be good to have his experience.

I'm planning on this clone recipe:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/dogf...extract-25709/

I know its high gravity so I'm going to double up on Wyest Activators.

With a mash tun method and equipment similar to this guy:


I just have to make sure my stove top can boil 6.5 gallons before I get going.

Did anyone else out there go straight to all mash? Anyone want to talk me out of it?

Thanks for all the great information. This is the best and most searchable online community I have ever scene.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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Go for the gusto I say! Most people do recommend starting at extract level because you get an idea for the basics...sanitation, fermentation and so on and a brew day is only an hour or two. You are less invested at that level and if you make rookie mistakes and waste a batch, not as big of a deal. All grain's only difference though is the mashing process. If you get that down pat, then everything is the same, just longer. You are not boiling 3 gallons and adding water, you are doing full boils which take longer. But if you have the time why not give it a try!

As for your yeast, check out Jamil's Z's site Mr. Malty for the yeast pitching calculator, everything you need to know about yeast...just because you actually may need more than 2 smack packs. At a 1.070 OG, even if the smack packs are fresh (as of dated today), it calls for 2.5 smack packs if you don't use a starter. So if the packs are a month old, could need more (tells me 3.1 needed if dated 6/1/12).

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Old 06-29-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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It's like learning to drive a car with a stickshift rather than an automatic. A little more to coordinate but no reason the two can't be accomplished together.

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Old 06-29-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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It's up to you, dude. I did my first 10 batches extract and steeping, then switched to AG biab. No reason you have to follow trhe crtowd,though. I find AG very reqarding and am glad I made the switch.

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Old 06-29-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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I kind of wish I went this route, but I've made some really good extract beer so I can't complain. For me it was a cost thing - equipment for extract was cheaper to get started with. I'm slowly buying the pieces needed for AG, and I can still brew while I accumulate it.

I'm glad I started the way I did, got me started sooner. Can't really go wrong either way in my opinion. If you have the spare cash to go straight to AG, go for it.

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:03 PM   #6
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I say go for it. I read everything I could about home brewing before I even began and knew I wanted to do AG, but I did two extract batches first. I probably should've just skipped those and went for AG right away. You'll see people say you need to get a bunch of extract batches under your belt first blah blah blah..... I don't believe that's absolutely necessary. You're going to make rookie mistakes whether it's extract or AG.


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It's like learning to drive a car with a stickshift rather than an automatic. A little more to coordinate but no reason the two can't be accomplished together.
Of course maybe I think that way because I actually did learn to drive on a stick shift not an automatic.
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Plenty people start with AG. My brother in CA started with AG and he's a brewing maniac now. I don't think he's ever even seen extract.

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Edit. Duplicate post. Sorry

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I only did two batches before I switched over. It makes the brew day a little longer but it's worth it. Do it!

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I just have to make sure my stove top can boil 6.5 gallons before I get going.

Did anyone else out there go straight to all mash?
Do it. You could always just make a 2.5-3 gallon batch to start, so you're only boiling 3.5-4 gallons. Making wort is easy, all you need is a big pot, a bag, and a decent thermometer. Controlling your fermentations accurately is much harder, and that's what takes your beer from good to great. From great to excellent? well that's a whole nother story. Do it!
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