I love it all.
I love the AG process...the detail...the timing...the mad scientist glasses I get to wear.
My last two batches were indoor extracts with steeped grains (mmmmm steeped grains) because it was 4 below zero and 40 MPH winds outside.
Saturday I am going outside to do an AG version of an English Ale Extract
I did about 8 weeks ago and I only hope
it tastes as awesome as that batch did.
My favorite right now...my extract chocolate stout in bottles.
My favorite right now...my AG Porter that just got kegged last weekend.
That's right...I have two favorites.
Like I said...I love it all and they both have advantages:
Extract - 2-3 hours total time
AG - More fun and I love my neighbors reaction when I'm in the garage.
Extract - Great results if you steep some specialty grains.
AG - Nothing tastes as wholesome as an AG brew.
They also have disadvantages:
Extract - Expense
AG - Set aside 6-8 hours
Extract - Ya don't get to break out the witches brew kettle and Propane
AG - Ya gotta clean up the kettle and put the propane away
I look at it like this, I can stop by the vegetable stand on the side of the road and buy some awesome tomatoes...or I can put a seed in the ground and sweat, and worry, and labor and love those little b@st@rds until they yield my first tomato.
Truth is...they're both going to taste great...but that one I grew from scratch...?
Perhaps I'll savor that one just a bit more.
Like I said though...I love it all.