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Old 08-03-2014, 05:08 AM   #11
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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.
Fair enough. I see where you're coming from.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:17 AM   #12
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I started with all grain, did one extract batch after half a dozen AGs but never again. Sure my first couple of batches were pretty bad but it didn't take long for things to start clicking.

I also malted my own barley for 4 or 5 batches and have made crystal malt a couple of times. This was a fun learning experience but I there's no way I could produce any kind of consistent result on these home made malts.

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:23 AM   #13
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AG was a PITA until I setup my two tier keggle system. I probably did 5-10 extract batches before going to all grain.

I used to make a helluva mess in the kitchen on brew day...
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:30 AM   #14
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AG from the start as well. No regrets.

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:30 AM   #15
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I did two extract stovetop batches, then went outside biab on a craigslist turkey fryer propane burner. Way better beer, but I've learned a whole lot since those extracts.

I highly recommend biab, or miab if you really want to use a cooler mlt. Take a look at my biab water calculator, just make sure you have your equipment ready and it shouldn't take you over 4.5 hours at most to brew. I'd recommend measuring your boil off rate accurately and taking lots of notes.

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:44 AM   #16
Feb 2013
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1 extract, then a few partial extracts, then BIAB the last 6 batches - so easy. I can't see doing anything else... standard practice for all-grain in Australia too, btw...

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:45 AM   #17
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I did the two extract batches that were with my kit that I ordered. After that I went all grain on everything except some small experimental batches here and there (learned lesson from a very bad beer).

IMO the basics are not hard to pick up for all grain. The first batch or two may not be perfect (or even good), but it is pretty easy to figure out what you did wrong when you read a little bit. Knowing your local water (have a sample tested) and doing some basic water additions was my first real lesson and made my beer a lot better.

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Old 08-03-2014, 06:56 AM   #18
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1 batch extract, all grain since. BIAB was not as widespread then as it is now, but if I had known about it, I probably would have given it a go. Currently using a cooler MLT.

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Old 08-03-2014, 07:43 AM   #19
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Honestly my first was A.G. ,But I ****ed up the first few.

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Old 08-03-2014, 08:42 AM   #20
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3 extract, 10partial mash, biab all grain ever since 35all grain batches.

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