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Old 02-21-2008, 03:30 AM   #1
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I was just wondering whether malt extract was ever used by professional breweries or is really just a homebrewer thing? just something ive been curious about....

 
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Old 02-21-2008, 03:33 AM   #2
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I've heard rumors of some using it, but I don't believe that many if any do, given that extract brewing is more expensive than whole grain (imagine multiplying that times 100 or more), as well as limiting your options for the types of beers you can make.
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Old 02-21-2008, 03:43 AM   #4
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yeah i guess that makes sense, extract is definately more expensive

 
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Old 02-21-2008, 03:57 AM   #5
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In one of the episodes of his "radio" show, Jamil talked about a brewpub, I am afraid that I do not remember which one, that brews extract beers. He commented on the awards that they have won with their extract brews, and the fact that in blind taste tests, people can not tell the difference between their beers and AG beers. If I remember correct, the reason for them doing extract had to do with space limitations.
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Old 02-21-2008, 04:08 AM   #6
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They make extract systems specifically for restaurants and bars.
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Old 02-21-2008, 04:10 AM   #7
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They make extract systems specifically for restaurants and bars.
I think I saw something in a magazine that was an extract based, fully turn-key brew pub solution (the brewery part anyway).
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Old 02-21-2008, 02:56 PM   #8
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An extract based brewery could fit in a modest sized closet allowing a space constrained bar/restaurant to be a brewpub. I could see it making sense in a number of locations as a marketing ploy. I know I go out of my way for brewpubs. I could not see it making sense for a microbrewery whose only product is beer.
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Old 02-21-2008, 03:12 PM   #9
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My friend worked in a brewery and he said the brewmaster would take a gravity reading at the end of the sparge and if the gravity was not dead on he added dme to get his target OG.
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Old 02-21-2008, 03:14 PM   #10
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Yes, there are breweries that use extract. In several cases I know of, it is a matter of waste disposal. If you can't sell (or give away) your spent grain, this can be a real problem. Pound for pound, spent grains are higher in protein that raw grains. Yeast and hop trub are also good food for cattle. But, some places like Orange Country California, trucking grain out to the cows would be a major expense.
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