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Old 08-03-2014, 09:21 AM   #21
Apr 2014
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AG from the get-go. I bought some kit tins after I had done a few because they were running them out at kmart.

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Old 08-03-2014, 10:48 AM   #22
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One extract that came with my kit and 2 biab AG batches which the first is almost ready to open but it tasted great at bottling so fingers crossed that its better by the end of the week!
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:07 AM   #23
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Everyone is different. I wouldn't think of it in time but just do whatever your comfortable with. It takes some time to learn AG plus you need some additional equipment. I made one extract, one partial AG and then went to BIAB until I built my mash tun. I love the flexibility AG provides but my first few AG weren't the best. It takes time to learn your style.
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:51 PM   #24
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I started brewing again after a 20 yr hiatus in Aug of '13 with a 5 gal extract batch using a turkey fryer, kettle, and bucket fermenter every other week (14 batches). In Apr '14 I went to 5 gal all grain batches using a cooler and batch sparge and still brew ~ every other week (8 batches as of yesterday).

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:01 PM   #25
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I switched on my third batch. My first two extract batches were pretty awful, but likely for reasons other than being extract. That first AG batch wasn't anything to write home about either, but it at least gave me the encouragement that I could actually brew something I (somewhat) enjoyed drinking. That same AG equipment has been serving me well for the past 100+ batches I've brewed.

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:08 PM   #26
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I started all grain. Never fine an extract batch. If you can cook, and you have joy of homebrewing....you can do it.

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:14 PM   #27
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Went to all-grain after my 1st coopers kit and haven't looked back. It's really not as difficult as it can be made out to be.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #28
Dec 2013
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2 extract, 3 BIAB, then I built my two vessel system.

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:18 PM   #29
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I went after 3 extract batches. Really wanted more control

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:26 PM   #30
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Began extract brewing in 1994-5, made 15-20 kits over the next few years. Stopped for a long while after my divorce in '03. Started back with 6-8 more kits in 2011 and finally made it to AG brewing in late 2013. Have done about 10 batches and most are much better than I ever did with extract. This year I'm closing in on brewing about 80-100 gallons (5 at a time) which would be my most prolific year ever as a homebrewer!

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