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Old 05-27-2013, 03:04 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I'm new to the hobby here and am gradually acquiring equipment. As money becomes free to spend, I will need to decide which is most pressing. Here are my choices that I would like input on: Should I evolve past extract brewing (I have only two batches under my belt) and get equipment and education on all-grain (burner, mash run, etc), or should I do away with the headache of bottling and get the equipment for kegging? I already got a 14 cu.ft. freezer on the cheap that I one day hope to convert to a keezer. Thanks for the input guys!

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Old 05-27-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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I would go whichever route you can find cheap used equipment on craigslist first

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Old 05-27-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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I bought a good bit of my stuff off of craigslist too. I went all grain first and then start kegging. Kegging is definitely easier and quicker than bottling, but I still bottle a batch every now and then. The best thing about kegging is I find that I can get it carbed better and more consistent. To me thats a bigger selling point of kegging than the bottle cleaning. I bought a 20 lb co2 and a keg with 2 taps for my kegerator off of craigslist for $75.00. So, just keep your eyes open for deals and they will come.

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Old 05-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #4
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I'd vote for the all-grain route.

You'll almost certainly want to go AG if you start kegging, but you can do the AG and bottle it to see if you want to take it to that level. There's no wrong answer.

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I went the route of getting my all grain equipment first. Built some and bought some. Craigslist is a great resource.

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If you are not controlling your fermentation temperatures yet, that should be the first thing to look into. Both all grain and extract beer can be greatly improved by proper fermentation control.

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I'd vote for the all-grain route.

You'll almost certainly want to go AG if you start kegging, but you can do the AG and bottle it to see if you want to take it to that level. There's no wrong answer.
This... for sure. Plus you can get started for a lot less $ and save a few bucks on each batch...
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I'd say AG that is if you have decent fermentation temps. You can always brew certain beers to the temps you have.
You ready have a freezer so making that a germ chamber would be very cheap.
Down the road s keg with just a picnic tap is pretty cheap to.

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If you are not controlling your fermentation temperatures yet, that should be the first thing to look into. Both all grain and extract beer can be greatly improved by proper fermentation control.
I'm going to have to vote for this route. Temp control and pitching the proper amount of yeast will do a whole lot to make your beer better. You can make good extract/mini mash stuff and not cost yourself a whole lot.

If you want to go all grain you could always get a bayou classic pot and a burner from amazon for about $120. Then build a manifold out of some 3/4" copper. I brewed that way for almost 6 years. Until I got tired of lifting pots to gravity feed. But keep it simple to start.
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If you are not controlling your fermentation temperatures yet, that should be the first thing to look into. Both all grain and extract beer can be greatly improved by proper fermentation control.
+1. Best advice thus far. Get a johnson/ranco on that freezer and you are set.
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