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Old 10-23-2012, 07:18 AM   #11
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Ha ha.. I wish there was. My wife doesnt drink beer but she see's how happy brewing makes me and my happiness makes her happy. You could try that angle.

Then again, I'm the last person you should probably take marriage advice from. Folllow it at your own risk!

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:34 PM   #12
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Oh my wife loves beer, in fact we met at a bar that deals exclusively in craft beer so that's no problem. She just doesn't want a mess in perhaps the first place we will ever get a security deposit back from

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:12 PM   #13
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Just ask forgiveness later, coupled with an awesome beer!

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:28 AM   #14
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First batch was made today. Did an Octoberfest from extract using a Brewers Best kit. Will report back on the results.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #15
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Congrats on the first batch. The Brewers Best kits I have done all have turn out really well.

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Old 11-01-2012, 11:21 PM   #16
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So how many extract batches should I try before doing a non extract batch?

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Old 11-01-2012, 11:29 PM   #17
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My only concern is that you started with a lager, which needs lower temperatures and takes forever to get a taste of (which is not only frustrating, but if you messed anything up you don't find out for a long time). Do you have a place where you can keep the beer cold? If you can, a small dorm sized fridge where you can lager it after primary fermentation is great.

Might suggest you pick up a heffeweizen or saison (depending on the temps in your place this time of year) in the mean time. Both are quick fermenting yeasts that can be enjoyed very young.

I'd try at least 5 batches at extract, to make sure you really enjoy doing it before you invest the energy it takes to get a proper all grain set up going.

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So how many extract batches should I try before doing a non extract batch?
That's a question none of us can accurately answer for you. I was perfectly happy with most of my extract batches. I did it for over three years, probably over 50+ batches in that time, and just recently moved to all grain. Eventually I just became bored and wanted "more" from brewing, particularly the ability to brew styles I couldn't with extract. So, I finally decided this year to make the jump to all grain. It's mostly a monetary investment and a growth in your process, so whenever you feel it's right to go there is when it's right for you.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:12 AM   #19
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I started with Partial Mash brewing, and that's pretty easy to jump to from extract. It's PM to All Grain that's harder (which I did as well).

My SWHBO was complaining about my brewing gear today. She was also holding a homebrew pulled from my kegorator. When she said it, I just pointed to the glass and that seemed to do it.

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My SWHBO was complaining about my brewing gear today. She was also holding a homebrew pulled from my kegorator. When she said it, I just pointed to the glass and that seemed to do it.
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