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Old 09-19-2008, 07:26 PM   #11
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I did a 6 lb 'partial' mash my second batch. My third was AG. Not hard at all.



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Old 09-19-2008, 07:27 PM   #12
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Is more nerve racking than difficult the first time. Kinda like sex...
Except you shouldnt expect your brew day to be done in 30 seconds


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Old 09-19-2008, 07:28 PM   #13
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+1!
DO IT!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again:
Going AG is like having Kids. If you waited till you thought you were 100% ready, you'd never do it.

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Old 09-19-2008, 07:28 PM   #14
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Yeah you won't have any problem doing all-grain. Its not nearly as difficult as it looks to a beginner. I know when your starting to prepare to do it the first time it seems like there is a lot to do and its complicated, but its not nearly so difficult as it seems.

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Old 09-19-2008, 07:33 PM   #15
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Except you shouldnt expect your brew day to be done in 30 seconds
HAHAHA!
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:51 PM   #16
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I went AG after one batch and never looked back. I spent a lot of time planning and calculating before brew day (volumes of water, temps etc) so I just had to follow my own directions and not do too much overthinking or second-guessing. Definitely make sure you have 2 large (20 L) pots for the boil if you`re planning on using the kitchen stove.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:01 PM   #17
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Did my first batch as an extract, then each successive was AG. I like building and tweeking things, so I felt AG was for me.

You can build many AG things on a budget. There are so many project threads around. In fact I just bought a 1/2 keg today for a keggle, and I already have intentions of a sight glass and valve... very cheap!

GO FOR IT!

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Old 09-19-2008, 11:32 PM   #18
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I brewed quite a few extract batches before going AG, and I think that helped with the transition. (That and reading HBT daily for months)

Kind of like learning to drive on an automatic transmission before you have to figure out that whole clutch thing.

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Old 09-20-2008, 12:49 AM   #19
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I know people that have NEVER made an extract beer. They jumped right in to AG and they make pretty darned good beer.

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Old 09-20-2008, 12:59 AM   #20
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I'm on another board where there are 3 or 4 posters that everyone thinks are the brew gods. Those 3 or 4 people try to make it sound like AG is something one should only try for the first time with the help of a Monk or Bavarian guy in short pants.

But I'll have to agree with those that say AG isn't that hard. It is a little more work, but not that difficult. Go for it.



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