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Old 06-29-2012, 11:31 PM   #21
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The only substantial argument against it I can think of is attrition.

Lots of people brew one or two batches then never brew again. Much better for them to have spent tens of dollars on extract equipment than hundreds on all-grain equipment.

On the flip side of that, all-grain is a lot more engaging, and may have a lower attrition rate as a result.



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Old 06-30-2012, 12:25 AM   #22
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I am also switching to AG after my first batch. While I like the process of an extract brew, I didn't care for the lack of control over the final product. And all the extra stuff I bought I can re-utilize should I for some strange reason not want to brew anymore.



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Old 06-30-2012, 01:30 AM   #23
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I started with all grain brewing. I am an avid home cook and baker. I did all the reading I could here, read Palmer's book, and decided that it's really just a process and a recipe. I can follow a recipe and the techniques don't have to be so advanced that they're difficult to perform. I actually started with a clone of jkarp's Countertop Brutus and I've not looked back (I really did dive right into it). I've never had to dump a batch (not even close) and I've only had one major "uh oh" moment (I blew an element by dry firing it).

I've started formulating my own recipes after 2 years of using other people's (with slight modifications for purposes of experimentation) and it's opened up a whole new avenue for my brewing.

All of the information you need is out there. You just have to find it (hint: a lot of great info is right here at HBT) and follow in the path blazed by previous brewers until you are confident with your process and abilities.

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Old 06-30-2012, 01:38 AM   #24
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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.
My dad always used to say "If you can learn to drive on a stick shift you'll be able to drive ANYTHING after that!"

Looking back, I wish I would have jumped right in to AG. No reason not to in my opinion!
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:15 AM   #25
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My dad always used to say "If you can learn to drive on a stick shift you'll be able to drive ANYTHING after that!"

Looking back, I wish I would have jumped right in to AG. No reason not to in my opinion!
If you can dodge wrenches, you can dodge balls!
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:23 AM   #26
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If you can dodge wrenches, you can dodge balls!
HA! Funny, cuz my dad had a Lil' Red Express truck back then. I loved that truck. He taught me how to drive on that and a dune buggy we built from an old VW Bug...

EDIT: Sorry for being off topic OP!
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:19 PM   #27
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By all means go for the AG gusto...be careful and DO NOT BOILOVER! Approach carefully and reduce heat at say 200-205 degrees...one never forgets their first ________. you fill in the blank.

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Old 06-30-2012, 01:31 PM   #28
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I don't think you can boil 6+ gallons on your stove, my friend did a batch last week on his electric stove and it took 6 hours and it was not a vigorous boil at all. He ordered a burner on Monday.

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Old 06-30-2012, 01:36 PM   #29
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I'm not saying it can't be done but there is absolutely no downside to practicing wort handling and fermentation with malt extract. If those beers come out terrible, you know that the biggest hurdle is not holding grain at 150F. If you go right to all grain and the beer is terrible, well, you have a long troubleshooting road ahead.

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I think most people don't go this route right off the bat due to accessibility and space. Like you said, you need to check if your stove can boil that much water....this is a set back for many people that are stuck brewing indoors.



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