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Old 10-05-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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As a brewer who has run the gambit from Mr beer to AG and back, I really feel that using the palest DME possible along with the specialty grains to complete the brew is the ultimate compromise for someone who can not or chooses not to do AG.

Specialty grains can easilly be mashed or steeped, rinsed through a stainless strainer suspended over a 2nd pot, Boil as usual.


Not saying that there is anything wrong with using dark dme or the like, but when I can mash:

1 lb chocolate malt
12 oz black patent
8 oz roasted
12 oz crystal 80L

add 6 lbs pale DME and hops

and know exactly what I will end up with, rather than

no grains

6 lbs dark DME and some hops

and end up with something dark but mysterious, and by no means tailored to my specifications.

Just my 2 cents.

Stovetop mashing of specialty grains is too easy not to try and requires very little equipment.

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Old 10-06-2012, 02:21 AM   #2
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yeah im the same way. pale malt extract only, sometimes with a mini mash of Munich or Pilsner depending on the recipe. color and flavor seem much more consistent working off a pale/light/extra light extract.

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:39 AM   #3
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Quote:
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yeah im the same way. pale malt extract only, sometimes with a mini mash of Munich or Pilsner depending on the recipe. color and flavor seem much more consistent working off a pale/light/extra light extract.
exactly

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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Before I went all grain, I only used light DME. I recommend to anyone who is brewing extract to take this approach. It's not difficult to steep a few pounds of grain on the stove for 30 minutes, and you will get much nicer results.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #5
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I still need a grain mill. Grains weren't crushed for my 1st PM cascade pale ale. Cheaper by 10-15 dollars,And I can do stove top biab when all the equipment gets found. I can do it pretty well with either method,but partial mash will save money. And it's supposed to taste better. We'll see...
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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Nice

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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perhaps it should be said that I have an LHBS that is fantastic and crushes grain for free. I aknowledge that not everyone may have access to that

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:19 PM   #8
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I've been considering this route to, just for the advantage of buying 50 lbs of dme for $150. But I was planning on going amber rather than pale.
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I've been considering this route to, just for the advantage of buying 50 lbs of dme for $150. But I was planning on going amber rather than pale.
That seems like a lot! I get 50 lbs of pale 2-row malt for $32... but that's AG...
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
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That seems like a lot! I get 50 lbs of pale 2-row malt for $32... but that's AG...
AG is the difference. Extract usually runs about $4/pound, bulk is $3. At 6lbs per brew about, that's $6 bucks saved per batch.
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