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Old 08-14-2006, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Do you ever do extracts anymore?

Ive been thinking lately about doing a another hefe. Ive done two before using a very simple extract method. Now allthough my extract recipe is probably the easiest recipe in the world to do, I still find myself shying away from it, and wanting to go for the AG route. It would save me hours doing the extract version too. I don't know, do any of you guys switch back and forth or do you just stay strictly all grain?


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Old 08-14-2006, 09:40 PM   #2
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No. I won't sat I WON"T do a extract batch but I don't see myself doing one soon.


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Old 08-14-2006, 11:13 PM   #3
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I couldn't replicate my wife's DME apricot wheat she likes via AG so yes I do but thus far only in this case. I might consider an AG Imperial Stout topped off with another 6# of DME someday but that's still an AG. Never say never though. When time is short (or days are hot) it sure is nice to get the job done quicker.
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I do all grain, partial (like a barleywine), mini-mash, steeped grain & straight extract. Depends on my mood and the style. I like mini-mashes the best, about 95% of the flavors of AG and just as fast as extract with steeping. Just yesterday (no yeast in that word), I was talking about this to an OBC member. He said all of his awards have been for extract batches, but he does AG for fun.
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Old 08-14-2006, 11:51 PM   #5
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In 1991 I started making extract beer, in 1999 I converted to AG, and never looked back. I see absolutely no reason why I should ever brew an extract beer again.
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Old 08-15-2006, 03:18 AM   #6
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I do all grain, partial (like a barleywine), mini-mash, steeped grain & straight extract. Depends on my mood and the style. I like mini-mashes the best, about 95% of the flavors of AG and just as fast as extract with steeping. Just yesterday (no yeast in that word), I was talking about this to an OBC member. He said all of his awards have been for extract batches, but he does AG for fun.


David, you have a good partial-mash barleywine recipe? Care to share? I'd like to brew something big I could let age for a while (since my brew cellar will soon be pretty full).
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Old 08-15-2006, 05:23 AM   #7
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I haven't done an extract in 15 years.

Once you go AG it's hard to go back.

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I'm with glibbidy, though I haven't been doing it for nearly as long as he has. One of the biggest considerations for me is cost - grain is way cheaper for me since I can get my pale malt and wheat malt for $15 and $25 per 55# bag respectivly from a local maltster. Another factor is recipe control. The sky is the limit when dealing with AG recipe tweaks, I always felt a little 'bound' by extract.

Bird, here's David_24's Old Bogwater recipe, I had just found it a few days ago myself...


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=9701
Or you can download the .rec file here
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Thanks, Cheyco... have to scale it back 5 gallons, and not something I'm likely to attempt next, but that looks might tasty...
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I'm with glibbidy, though I haven't been doing it for nearly as long as he has. One of the biggest considerations for me is cost - grain is way cheaper for me since I can get my pale malt and wheat malt for $15 and $25 per 55# bag respectivly from a local maltster. Another factor is recipe control. The sky is the limit when dealing with AG recipe tweaks, I always felt a little 'bound' by extract.[/URL]
Cost effectiveness and control over making a 1st rate product are the two primary factors for me. I'm paying aproximately .40-.60 per lb of malt, and I just can't see not having control over my extract in opening a can.



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