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Old 09-22-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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I love extract brewing and I am convinced that extract can compete in most categories with all grain. I've been brewing for a couple of years, and these are the five biggest lessons I have learned. I hope others will add to it.

1: Ditch plastic fermenters as quickly as possible.

2: Scour eBay for deals on temperature controllers and refractometers.

3: Ales are much more forgiving (as evidenced by my abortion of an altbier).

4: Clean your gear as soon as you are done using it. (Scraping 36 hour old hop sludge off an immersion chiller is less than fun)

5: Everything you can think of has been done before, as a new brewer. Research before you pull the trigger.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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Edited. I'm trying to make a dent in my "Less than Alaskan Amber" alt and what makes sense in my head doesn't necessarily translate.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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6: Just drop the coin on a brew stand right out of the gate (if you approach homebrewing on the cheap you'll spend twice as much for three times the hassle).
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Why ditch plastic fermenters? Are you talking about the ale pales (which many vets still swear by) and/or better bottles (which I am a huge fan of)? Looking forward to hearing your reasons for the items on the list.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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7. Start younger.
8. Brew more often.

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Old 09-22-2012, 12:08 PM   #7
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Why ditch plastic fermenters? Are you talking about the ale pales (which many vets still swear by) and/or better bottles (which I am a huge fan of)? Looking forward to hearing your reasons for the items on the list.
Nothing wrong with plastic fermenters. Ask anybody that has broke glass one and gets injured has story to tell and it isnt pretty. I take my chances with good old plastic. I even bottle in p.e.t plastic bottles with screw on caps i got tired of snapping necks off glass bottles and getting cut. Just not worth it.

But i have learned most mistakes turn out better then the so called "midnight plans"

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Old 09-22-2012, 01:34 PM   #8
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I've been using plastic from the get go. Lighter & safer than glass. It doesn't bother me that I can't see what's going on. I made wine for years in clear containers,so I know what fermentation looks like.
Just don't use abrasives when cleaning plastic & it'll be fine. Patience is a virtue in cleaning plastic too.
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1: Ditch plastic fermenters as quickly as possible.
A lot of us actually prefer plastic fermenters. I have both plastic and glass and rarely use the glass. Buckets are easy to move, don't break, easy to clean. Many people make great beers using buckets.

More important is controlling fermentation temp and pitching the proper amount of healthy yeast.

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Old 09-22-2012, 02:21 PM   #10
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* don't brew drunk
* read, read, read
* drink every kind of beer (for educational purposes of course)
* go all grain asap
* buy good equipment right away
* teach a friend to brew so you have a slave, err helper.
* have fun

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