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Old 07-28-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Alright so ive brewed two batches in the first month ive been brewing. I read all about peoples brewing styles here and im wondering how i classify mine.

I buy my ingredients from my lhbs and use a turkey fryer. Use a grain bag boil the grains then add DME/LME then bitter hops then aroma. I do a full boil starting with 5 gallons

What do i call this process?

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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partial grain.

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #3
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Alright so ive brewed two batches in the first month ive been brewing. I read all about peoples brewing styles here and im wondering how i classify mine.

I buy my ingredients from my lhbs and use a turkey fryer. Use a grain bag boil the grains then add DME/LME then bitter hops then aroma. I do a full boil starting with 5 gallons

What do i call this process?
Full boil extract brewing. (assuming the grains in the bag are not base grains and are only for flavors and color. Post your ingredients and we can tell you for certain.)

You're very close to being able to go BIAB/all-grain though...
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:42 PM   #4
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Alright so now i guess what is entailed with all grain or BIAB( what does that mean).

What am i looking at for moving to all grain and can i do it with my current set up?

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Ok last batch i did

4lbs wheat dme
1lb american pale malt
1/2 lb flaked wheat
1/2 lb wheat malt
6 hbus hallertauer hops
1oz fuggle hops

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Alright so now i guess what is entailed with all grain or BIAB( what does that mean).

What am i looking at for moving to all grain and can i do it with my current set up?
BIAB is "Brew in a bag". You don't use extract. Instead, you put all the grains in a large bag that's big enough to line your entire turkey fryer kettle. You heat the grains and water to a mash temp and hold it there for 60-90 minutes, then remove the grains. You then proceed with the regular boil with hop additions and such.

There's a rockin' thread with pictures stickied to the top of the "All grain" sub forum here.

The upside to this method is that you can go all grain and not use extract without having to get new hardware. And it's easy.

Some links (it can look intimidating at first, but really, it's super simple. There are even a few YouTube videos some people have made that show the basic steps.):

http://www.brewersfriend.com/2009/06...rewing-method/

http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/for...pic.php?t=4650

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/biab...g-pics-233289/
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:47 PM   #7
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BIAB is the first step you should take. ( brew in a bag) if your pot can handle a little bit more liquid, find an all grain recipe to start with, and a 5 gallon paint strainerbag.

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Brew In A Bag is a process that uses a large mesh bag to mash right in the brew kettle instead of using a mash tun.

I'm sure you meant to say you steep your grains but just in case, you should never boil your grains. They need to be pulled out before you get to 170F.

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Sweet ill talk to my lbhs about this ive probably got a 2 to 3 gallon buffer on my kettle so i might be moving to all grain here soon i hate how sticky the extract makes everything

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BIAB can indeed use extract. It's called partial mash. I use a bag for steeping grains with extract,so it's still BIAB regardless. You're just not using a false bottom & stiring watery grains around loosely in the kettle.
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