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Old 01-04-2013, 10:52 AM   #11
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I think of myself mainly as an all grain brewer, but if I am short on time I have no problem going wih extract. In those cases I have used recipes that either I convert from AG to extract myself, or are from the Brewing Classic Styles book that has each recipient in an extract and all grain version

I'm drinking a best bitter that I brewed from that book now. I used the northern brewer marris otter syrup for the base malt - and I have to say its one of my best beers ever! I did modify the recipe a bit knowing that extracts often are not as fermentable as you might get in all grain. I removed some of the syrup and substituted corn sugar - about 7% I think - keeping the OG constant. Finished at 1.012 and is fabulous!!

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:54 AM   #12
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The other one I recommend is the 15 minute cascade ale. Amazing and fast. Makes use of the hop bursting technique (all late addition hops) and takes advantage if the fact that extract doesn't need to be boiled long.

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:21 AM   #13
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Thanks all for the info. Very helpful.

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:49 AM   #14
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I put a couple of extract kits from well-known internet places on my christmas list. Figured it was easy to buy and would be fun to brew. Last night I brewed the black lager kit from midwest. I was done in 2.5 hours. Perfect for a weeknight. This was a very nice change from my usual 4.5 hour brew day. If the beers turns out well, I'll be doing this more and more.

I'm thinking of doing a simple pilsner extract with one selected variety of hops in the near future. No steeping grains. I could theoretically be done in about an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I put a couple of extract kits from well-known internet places on my christmas list. Figured it was easy to buy and would be fun to brew. Last night I brewed the black lager kit from midwest. I was done in 2.5 hours. Perfect for a weeknight. This was a very nice change from my usual 4.5 hour brew day. If the beers turns out well, I'll be doing this more and more.

I'm thinking of doing a simple pilsner extract with one selected variety of hops in the near future. No steeping grains. I could theoretically be done in about an hour and forty-five minutes.
Nice to see a fellow Cincinnatian on here

And what you mention is what has kept me from going to all grain and it would change it from a 'brew in the evening after work' thing to a 'only brew on the weekends' thing, which can be tricky, especially during the summer with so much stuff going on and definitely during football season.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #16
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It is weird because here in Singapore, kits are actually the cheapest to brew, both in terms of ingredient cost and equipment startup cost.

It's like ~ $S 50 for a kit plus extract. The unhopped extract alone will cost that amount when I do non-kit extract brew.

With pale malt at $S 7 per kg, we are staring at $S 40+ worth of malt for each batch of normal gravity. Throw in the hops and yeast, it will be cheaper than non-kit extract but cost wise still higher than kits.

Weird.

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My partial mash ales cost on average about $10 less than my average extract batch. But with extract I can also get 6 gallons,depending on the recipe.
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I was pretty tired last night - I forgot to mention kit-hacking!

Wait for an extract kit to go on sale - they sometimes do - and then use hops or grains (perhaps also sourced on sale!) to craft something unique.

My first homemade stout was based on a terrible can-and-kilo kit I grabbed for $5 (dented) from the grocery store. Steeped some roasted barley and flaked oats, dropped in a bit of molasses, and presto - "President's Choice Canadian Lite Ale" kit turned into a stout that my Irish soccer buddy had to admit stacked up well with Guinness.

So, there's always kit-hacking!

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Nice, I like that - kit hacking. I actually might do that with a double IPA kit I got for $20! I was thinking of making 2 pale ale batches (it's almost the same recipe, but with double the ingredients). So it would be $10/5 gal!

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Making my own recipes is part of the fun for me. I know people who have brewed tasty beers from kits, so I don't on kit brewers. I'm OK with people enjoying homebrewing for reasons different than mine.

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