Originally Posted by Drewd004
Great info here. This recipe was an extract with steeping grains. How many batches do most people here recommend before going to an all grain?
My journey to AG was not a jump, it was a series of unplanned steps.
I started with 3 Brewers Best kits. Then I made 9 partial mash recipes using ingredients from LHBS. My partial mash recipes were better than my kits which gave me the confidence to continue the process.
My LHBS sells a 33 lb LME carboy at a decent price. Think less than $50. My PM recipes used about 7 lbs LME, 2 or 3 lbs 2-row base malt, and 1-2 lbs specialty malts (total 4 lbs grain) for my self designed partial mash recipes. Picked out hops and used software to figure out schedules. I mashed (true mash not steeping grains as i had to convert the 2-row) in a big enameled cast iron stew pot and "batch sparged" using a colander.
Was having a lot of fun so I started to acquire gear. First my giant kitchen strainer used for both lautering ( just held 4 lbs grain, worked better than the colander) and then my grain mill as my LBHS didn't crush at the time. Then my 10 gal pot. Incorporated each piece into a couple batches before adding next piece. Finally after all that was working on partial mash recipes I built my mash/lauter tun and bought a couple 50 lb sacks of grain...presto I'm an AG brewer. Still have about 5 lbs LME left from my second carboy, am using that for yeast starters.
I now have 5 AG batches done but still waiting to taste first, rest haven't gotten into bottles yet.
Am sure your journey will also be fun, whether you jump immediately to AG or continue with extract for 100 batches like poster above. If you are posting in here I'm guessing you already know you are hooked!