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Old 08-03-2014, 03:37 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to the forums and to brewing. I am two extract brew sessions in and enjoyed every second of it. I tend to want to move to the next thing very quickly and for me it would be All Grain brewing. My beers have been pretty good too. I was wondering how many brews/months/years did you guys go through before switching to all grain brewing. I am thinking about waiting a year but I don't know if I can wait that long. I don't think I will ever stop doing extract brewing because of the ease and its not as time consuming.

 
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:53 AM   #2
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I was going to wait till I did 50+ gallons of extract. The a keggle set fell in my lap and I went AG after about 30g
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:59 AM   #3
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Whenever you're informed enough to make the step, otherwise your beers will get worse, not better.

That's why I still haven't delved into all grain, but BIAB is a good stepping stone, if not replacement. Just expect to make more mistakes if you try these too early.

 
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:05 AM   #4
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I did the two Mr. Beers that came with the kit. I then did one extract and then a partial mash with BIAB.
After that I went for it and have enjoyed AG since.
As others said, just when you're ready, you're ready.

 
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:09 AM   #5
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I did 4 extract then 4 partial mash while I assembled my all grain setup. just over 3 years in now. This past winter I did some extract recipes just because I could do it inside rather than getting everything set up on my porch.

 
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:19 AM   #6
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Whenever you're informed enough to make the step, otherwise your beers will get worse, not better.

That's why I still haven't delved into all grain, but BIAB is a good stepping stone, if not replacement. Just expect to make more mistakes if you try these too early.
I don't know about that.

Really the only difference between all grain and extract is mashing.

Once you get a hang of doughing in and holding a mash temp, everything else is exactly the same.
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:30 AM   #7
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I don't know about that.

Really the only difference between all grain and extract is mashing.

Once you get a hang of doughing in and holding a mash temp, everything else is exactly the same.
It can be, but it might not be. You have to take into account water factors and efficiency. Sure you might find a good method fast, but your beers could just as easily suffer if you don't have the knowledge to make it ideal.

 
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:36 AM   #8
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I don't know about that.

Really the only difference between all grain and extract is mashing.

Once you get a hang of doughing in and holding a mash temp, everything else is exactly the same.
He hit it right on the head.

I brewed probably 8 extract batches before Christmas when my wife bought me an awesome bag for BIAB (brewinabag.com highly recommended). Thank god she did because most of my extracts were terrible and my AG have been great.

Just go for it. I am still doing BIAB and have no ambition to get a mash tun. It makes for a super simple start into all grain. You wont regret it.
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It can be, but it might not be. You have to take into account water factors and efficiency. Sure you might find a good method fast, but your beers could just as easily suffer if you don't have the knowledge to make it ideal.
Well there's always going to be ways to tweak and improve your brew for sure. That's why this forum exists.

But that's no reason to avoid all grain altogether.

Water chemistry and PH is advanced brewing. You gotta crawl before you walk brother!!
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:06 AM   #10
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Well there's always going to be ways to tweak and improve your brew for sure. That's why this forum exists.

But that's no reason to avoid all grain altogether.

Water chemistry and PH is advanced brewing. You gotta crawl before you walk brother!!
I agree, Im hard headed and only learn the hard way.

But I think my point still stands that its MUCH easier to screw up if you don't have a good handle on even the basics.

 
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