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Old 12-04-2012, 01:23 AM   #41
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I brew all grain just about once a week. I also work in a shipping department, and the past week beat me up quite a bit. I took it easy and did an extract batch instead and damn it was nice. Doesn't scratch the "i must control everything" itch like all grain does, but it was a nice change of pace and an easier brew day. Either method it is up to the brewer.

Also, oatmeal stouts are totally worth the extra effort of mashing.


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Old 12-04-2012, 02:48 AM   #42
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My small house, my SWMBO, time and out of necessity. I brew extract. I just don't have the storage space for the gear. My man cave is a closet and its to the gills. I envy the guys with a garage.

Outside of that. Paying 3.50 for a Sam Adams 12oz because of taxes and the bodega thinks its exotic beer. Start to Finnish my brew day is a couple of hours.


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Old 12-04-2012, 02:55 AM   #43
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number 1 cost. Number 2 control. Number 3 , its way more fun!!
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In the same theme as the OP...

Why have a car when you can just take the BUS??
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have you ever tasted an extract russian imperial stout?
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:29 AM   #46
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It's not about it being "easier"!! It is about enjoying the process of brewing. Brewing with extracts takes a large part of the brewing process out of your hands.
This is it for me. Yeah, the other benefits definitely play a part. Cost, control, but in the end, I really enjoy brewing beer and that's why I do it. It's like building your own furniture, rebuilding a classic car, you do it for the love of doing it.
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have you ever tasted an extract russian imperial stout?
yes. and it was quite tasty.
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The nice thing is it can be as easy or complex as one wants it to be. In the end were making something thats better than you can buy. Doing this were not supporting big advertisment
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Okay... you guys worked me over on this one (not that this thread was just about me). I will have to learn more about the mash schedules though and find some easy ones first.

Is base grain cheaper than LME by much? In some cases you need 8-10 lbs of grain.

Also, where is the scientific evidence about the sugar/enzyme/temp change reactions?
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Okay... you guys worked me over on this one (not that this thread was just about me). I will have to learn more about the mash schedules though and find some easy ones first.

Is base grain cheaper than LME by much? In some cases you need 8-10 lbs of grain.

Also, where is the scientific evidence about the sugar/enzyme/temp change reactions?
Base grain can be very cheap, especially when you start buying it in bulk.

I'd suggest doing some reading, John Palmer's How To Brew is a great place to start! The first edition is free online, here's the "intro to all grain" chapter:
http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/index.html


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