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SpecialEd 10-08-2006 08:05 PM

THE MAIN EVENT: All Grain vs Extract
Ok so I am an extract brewer (7 batches so far) and some have been good, some not so good, but overall an excellent hobby.
So the big question,which makes better beer All grain or extract. I know you have more control in all grain,but other than that are there any major advantages to spengind an entire day doing an all grain batch. Is it less expensive?

the_bird 10-08-2006 08:16 PM

Where's the partial mash option?

Where's Ralph Nader?

SpecialEd 10-08-2006 08:20 PM

Well what is a partial mash, I steep specialty grains in all my brews.

Truble 10-08-2006 08:23 PM


Since they were not radio butttons, I checked em all. Just did my 1st AG Friday night. I have had great luck so far in my brew career w/extract and mini mash. I will post back in ~6 weeks when my AG batch is done.

Not for nothing, but I am drinking a Magic hat clone that came out awesome!

Orpheus 10-08-2006 08:47 PM


Originally Posted by SpecialEd
Well what is a partial mash, I steep specialty grains in all my brews.

It took me forever to figure this out too, but partial mash is not steeping, but actually employing the same techniques for all grain brewing, but on a smaller scale.

You actually mash smaller amounts of grain in order to get starch conversion. PM brewers also use extracts in combination with the mashing.

G. Cretin 10-08-2006 09:03 PM

It's all brewing and personal preferance. I AG because I like to spend all day brewing. But the award winnig beers at Comps. tend to be Extract I don't compete I make beer for family and friends. Cheers

mbarto 10-08-2006 09:25 PM

I would say that per unit of work, extract easily makes the better beer. All grain is a ton of fun, but a lot more to do and plenty of places to do something wrong (or accitentally do something just right!). I like making a mess of the kitchen, though, so I always go AG. :mug:

SpecialEd 10-08-2006 09:39 PM

Well I only have a 5 gal brew pot, can you do partial mash in that? Does partial mash make a big difference?

Ivan Lendl 10-08-2006 09:41 PM

Extract is more expensive. I figure about 20 bucks for an all-grain batch and about 35 for extract. Ive done a lot of partial mashes where id mash 50 percent of the fermentables (5-7 lbs grain+3 lbs dme) and those beers were indistinguishable from all grain.

Its not a question of better or worse just preference, time investment etc. The end result is the same=BEER. :ban:

SpecialEd 10-09-2006 10:40 PM

cool, anyone know a good place to read up on partial mash?

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