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Old 05-26-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default Jumping in with both feet and arms

Talk about jumping in with both feet -

* First all grain was yesterday, (Bee Cave Pale Ale)
* Picking up a GE 14.8 CF from Craigslist tonight for $120.
* 4 corny kegs being delivered tomorrow.
* Kegconnection basic kit delivery set for early next week
* Johnson controls thermostat next week
* Bottom of dual zone wine fridge already dialed in for fermenting at 65 deg

I tasted my first extract brew last night after less than 2 weeks in the bottle abd couldn't believe how good it was..definitely young and a bit thin on body but it was awesome.

Honey Weizen in secondary
Edworts Bee Cave Haus Pale Ale bubbling away.

I love this hobby and should be set up really nicely for the summer
Thanks to everyone here for all the outstanding advise..my learning curve is pretty steep right now.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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I am right there with you. Started brewing two months ago and I already have a chest freezer that I am converting into a kegerator as well as a fermentation fridge. Got my corny keg setup a couple weeks ago. Havent done an all grain yet, but thinking about it. Was it tough?

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Old 05-26-2009, 10:10 PM   #3
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Ditto. I am new to homebrewing as I started in late February. I did 1 extract batch, an Irish Red. Then I moved to a partial mash hefeweizen. I then moved to all grain for my 3rd batch and have never looked back. I should be brewing batch# 6 in a couple weeks.

I also bought myself a fridge from Craigslist and I should hopefully be ordering my kegging equipment soon. This is a great hobby and its easy to get addicted quickly!

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Old 05-26-2009, 10:11 PM   #4
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It was soo easy man. Here's all I bought for my mashtun

5 gallon water cooler from Home Depot $19
1/2" liquid tight connector (electrical dept)
Brass ball valve

All grain does take more time sooo it's pretty much a 5 hour brew day. Of course there's down time in between so you can multi task.

Lotsa time cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing..
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:17 PM   #5
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Yup I jumped in too. I buillt my keezer b4 I had my first batch brewed. And went to allgrain after 4 brews. I hate it when folks tell folks to take it slow. Jump in, do it all when you can, dont be scared, diy can be difficult, but most of the brewing is easy.

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Old 05-27-2009, 01:18 AM   #6
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It's a hobby that certainly gives back, I just started with the Mr. Beer after the holidays and have now converted a small room into a a brew shop. Haven't gotten to all grain yet mostly due to space, but it's sure to show up sometime.

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Old 05-27-2009, 01:22 AM   #7
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Woo! I jumped straight into AG a few months ago on borrowed equipment, been piecing together my own setup since then... it's certainly an obsession. I'm out at HD every other day buying new odds and ends to build (this morning it was a paint strainer bag and some supports to hold it over the boil)... I can't decide what I like more, brewing the beer or building the stuff to brew with.

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For those of you who dont think you can go AG. See deathbrewers stove top method. Its awesomand you already have all the equipment.

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Old 05-27-2009, 02:11 AM   #9
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All grain is only as hard as you want it to be. At basic levels, it isn't any harder than extract, but it does take longer. You can take baby steps from there to increase your efficiency.

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Old 05-27-2009, 02:34 AM   #10
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I'm there too. I made my first batch of extract a week and a half ago. I ordered 4 goldie and 4 cascade rhizomes to grow hops at home because by the end of summer I plan on doing an all grain. I would like to keg some, but still want to bottle some to give away etc.

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