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Old 07-12-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default Is it ok that I don't really feel like going all grain?

I extract brew. I appreciate the convienience of extract brew. I know I pay a premium on ingredients, but at the same time I don't have to invest a ton of money into the gear to go all grain.

Is it ok that I like extract brewing, or do I just need to see the light and go AG?

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Old 07-12-2010, 04:17 AM   #2
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It's your hobby so you should do what you like with it. I have a brew buddy that is more than happy staying with extracts and I still like him.

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Old 07-12-2010, 04:18 AM   #3
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maybe we can be friends?

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Of course its okay. There are some benefits from going AG, but for some (myself included) the costs (right now for me) outweigh the benefits. You can still make plenty of good and delicious beers from extract only. Also, most recipes that you find here can be converted to extract. And if you ever want to experiment, there's always DeathBrewer's guide to Stove-top partial mashing.

It's your beer, your money, do what you want!

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It's all about your situation, that's it. I switched and haven't looked back, but did make 2 extract brews after switching. I will probably do a couple soon because I am trying to have 8 kegs full before October when my daughter comes and I can do more than one extract brew in a day.

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Old 07-12-2010, 04:57 AM   #6
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You're fine. And FWIW, I do both. For me it's a matter of time and space. I could give details but it's not about me, it's about you. Go forth and brew my friend.

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One beautiful thing about home brewing is that you can get as advanced or as simple as you want to be, and you still come out with beer in the end.

It's your hobby, do whatever you want.

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I do all grain, but not all the time.

The choice is yours and that's all there is to it.

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It's totally okay.

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It's definately okay to not brew all-grain

Not trying to criticize in any way, but going to binny's (or whatever your local liquor superstore happens to be) and grabbing a six pack of craft brew is more convenient than brewing altogether .........

Extract is "more convenient" than brewing all grain in the sense that you shave about an hour to hour and a half off your brew day.

As far as all-grain equipment goes, you really only need a tun ($40-50) to "make the jump" (as they say) to all-grain. No need for fancy pumps, multiple burners and all that stuff. Nice stuff but definately not necessary.

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