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Old 01-27-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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Newbie here wondering if there is a big difference in quality between an extract recipe as opposed to a partial mash. So far I have been doing just all extract and am thinking about the next step. Any and all opinions welcomed.

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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Yes there is a noticeable difference. All you need is a 5gal strainer bag that is under $5. Just do it!
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:14 PM   #3
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do some searches. there are LOTS of threads on this. just hope Revvy doesn't get a hold of you. the "similar threads" box at the bottom of this page pretty much will give you all you want to know.

 
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:15 PM   #4
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do some searches. there are LOTS of threads on this. just hope Revvy doesn't get a hold of you. the "similar threads" box at the bottom of this page pretty much will give you all you want to know.
Yeah, I was feeling lazy! Sorry in advance Revvy!

 
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:37 PM   #5
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The difference IMHO is more control. You won't necessarily make "better" beer, but you will be able to make way more complex beers. It really isn't very much harder than doing an extract with steeping grains.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:58 PM   #6
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A good brewer can make an extract beer that will blow you away. A crappy brewer can ruin the **** out of an AG or partial mash recipe.

Either one is good.

 
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:10 AM   #7
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A good brewer can make an extract beer that will blow you away. A crappy brewer can ruin the **** out of an AG or partial mash recipe.

Either one is good.
Teach a monkey how to read and he can brew an extract, but, it is your creation once you go all-grain or partial.

To me, an AG brewer, an extract or partial mash brewer is just skipping steps and does not really enjoy the process. It takes much longer to make an AG brew, however, the process is longer which equals more enjoyment.

EDIT: Some cannot afford the equipment right away, this is understandable. But, once you have went AG, it is even more addictive and cheaper, especially if you grow your hops and harvest your yeast.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:25 AM   #8
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Teach a monkey how to read and he can brew an extract, but, it is your creation once you go all-grain or partial.

To me, an AG brewer, an extract or partial mash brewer is just skipping steps and does not really enjoy the process. It takes much longer to make an AG brew, however, the process is longer which equals more enjoyment.

EDIT: Some cannot afford the equipment right away, this is understandable. But, once you have went AG, it is even more addictive and cheaper, especially if you grow your hops and harvest your yeast.
You're entitled to your opinion but it is respectfully, just that. I do extract/PM and AG brews and enjoy them all equally. Sometimes I don't have the time for an AG brew, nor can I justify spending the time on an AG brew if I can make the "exact" same beer with extract. You say AG is cheaper, but how much is your time worth? AG brews take me 2 hours more than Extract, if I can make the same beer in less time then it's a wash IMHO.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:31 AM   #9
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You're entitled to your opinion but it is respectfully, just that. I do extract/PM and AG brews and enjoy them all equally. Sometimes I don't have the time for an AG brew, nor can I justify spending the time on an AG brew if I can make the "exact" same beer with extract. You say AG is cheaper, but how much is your time worth? AG brews take me 2 hours more than Extract, if I can make the same beer in less time then it's a wash IMHO.
I have kids an I am always looking for an escape.

All, I am saying it that extract brews are like putting puzzle together. It is very hard to screw it up.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:39 AM   #10
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I've been brewing just over a year and a half and have done extract only, extract with grains, partial mash and several all grain. I have made really good beer with each and often depending on what I want, time constraints, etc., will do one or the other. Of my last 3 brews 2 were extract only, one was partial mash, and my next, this coming Sunday when my wife and daughter are at a baby shower, is AG (red dog esb). Once you learn what you like and the correct process of each and when something doesn't work out learn what was wrong and correct it you can make good beer whichever way. I do agree with wyzazz that more complex beers are able to be made PM and AG, which may be the "better" that some people talk about.


 
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