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Old 02-05-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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So I've been an all-grain brewer for longer than I can remember but my club has an extract meeting (at least 50% of fermentables from extract) coming up soon. I figured I'd brew an extract recipe for it...just dropped $45 at the LHBS. I forgot how expensive it is compared to AG!

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Old 02-06-2013, 01:18 AM   #2
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Honestly that is a bit expensive . What did you buy ? I order my kits and hardly ever go over $30.

As and avid extract brewer. When brewing extract your buying time. What's your time worth ? Some of us can't afford to do a 8 hour brew day.

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Old 02-06-2013, 01:25 AM   #3
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Time is important, but you also need to consider efficiency. I can only manage about 50% efficiency on my BIAB setup, so I don't typically save much money going all grain. But, then, I also am not buying my grain in bulk.

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Old 02-06-2013, 01:58 AM   #4
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Yeah I don't have the time or space for all grain. I love the more in depth process but it is a lot more time which I don't have right now.

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Time is important, but you also need to consider efficiency. I can only manage about 50% efficiency on my BIAB setup, so I don't typically save much money going all grain. But, then, I also am not buying my grain in bulk.
What's going on with that that you can only get 50% when I average 80%+? Who crushes/grinds your grain? Is it double milled if crushed?

When I was doing extract batches I could make a batch in about 3 hours. With BIAB all grain I take about 30 minutes more. No 8 hour days for me!
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:51 AM   #6
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Honestly that is a bit expensive . What did you buy ? I order my kits and hardly ever go over $30.

As and avid extract brewer. When brewing extract your buying time. What's your time worth ? Some of us can't afford to do a 8 hour brew day.
Nothing too fancy...wheat DME, White Labs Yeast, 2 oz hops. I don't mean to sound like I'm knocking extract brewers. I buy extract for yeast starters but it's been a while since I bought enough for a whole batch, so just a little sticker shock. I can't lie though, I am looking forward to a short brew session this week.
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YES, extract is very expensive. I seem to spend $40 to $60 for most of my 5 gallon extract batches. (I generally brew beer that is 6% and up). However, the equipment to go all-grain is also expensive. Since I cannot manage to afford a "true" all grain rig any time soon, I will be stuck with extract for the time being. As soon as I can afford an 8-gallon stockpot, I will probably switch to BIAB, but with the 4 gallon pot I have now, I cannot even do that yet. It seems that HOMEBREWING is expensive!

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Well DME costs more right off the bat and depending on what kind and how much it can get pricey. White labs yeast costs more than dry and hop prices can vary a bit.

Extract brewing can get pricey if you want to make your own kits and experiment. Ive wanted to try a few things but i cant get myself to spend the extra money. lol

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I wonder how much extract the OP bought. For $45 I can get 12 pounds of dry extract which is enough for a 1.100 beer.

Most of my extract batches only cost about $30 for 5.5 gallons (excepting HG and extremely hoppy beers).

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You could always do smaller BIAB batches, or do partial mash. I usually do 3 gal all grain or 5 gallon partials in a 5 gallon pot. Yeah I would like to do full boils but I'm happy with my results.

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