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Old 03-31-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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So i'm fairly new to brewing and have been doing the Extract brewing. I think i have this down pretty good and thinking of making the switch from extract. Some have said stick with extract for a bit more, but wanted to get opinions. I have all the equipment to make the switch, just curious when people made the swtich?

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So i'm fairly new to brewing and have been doing the Extract brewing. I think i have this down pretty good and thinking of making the switch from extract. Some have said stick with extract for a bit more, but wanted to get opinions. I have all the equipment to make the switch, just curious when people made the swtich?

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Some people stay with extract for brewing, while others may never use extract at all. I don't think there is any sort of timetable for people to change their method, as people brew what they want in the way they want.

I have have good friend who never once made an extract batch, and he's a mighty fine brewer. I have other friends who brew only with extract, and make good beer as well. It really doesn't matter.
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If you have the equipment do it now. Its easier than you think. I actually think it is easier to do high quality beer with all grain, even if you don't pull it off perfectly.

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I started going ag after 2 batches. If you think you are making good beer now and want to take on the initial expense and added complexity of ag then go for it. The reason a lot of people may say to hold off is because ag will not make your beer better. If your current process ids flawed ag will be as well.

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Thanks Yooper!. I'm thinking of changing just because I really want to experiment with some things and different flavors, and I think it's a bit harder to do with the extract.

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Thanks everyone, i have the equipment already so I'm going to give it a shot. Maybe next weekend if i have a full day to do it. Figure it'd be nice to try both anyways and see what i like better.

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If you've already got the equipment, why not give AG a try for a batch or two? I did one store extract kit, one extract brew with my own recipe, one BIAB, made a mash tun and AG since. You can always go back to AG if you don't like it.

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I did AE & E/SG for some 2 years before moving up to Partial Mash. That was 4 brews ago. I'm using the same set up I've been using the whole time,save for adding a 5G paint strainer bag for PB/PM BIAB. Works well efficiency-wise,but the fine crush makes for cloudy beer. Have to start using the super moss I bought from now on.

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Thanks everyone, i have the equipment already so I'm going to give it a shot. Maybe next weekend if i have a full day to do it. Figure it'd be nice to try both anyways and see what i like better.
Little tip I wish I had been told: take the time to calibrate your kettle. Find out the boil off rate and put some notches on a stick to indicate the volume. This way if your OG is off you can add water or boil longer so that you still hit your numbers.
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Little tip I wish I had been told: take the time to calibrate your kettle. Find out the boil off rate and put some notches on a stick to indicate the volume. This way if your OG is off you can add water or boil longer so that you still hit your numbers.
I will admit, never done this, would like to. Can you give a quick rundown of how? Or maybe a link? Thx
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