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Old 05-21-2012, 07:10 PM   #101
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I bought all the equipment for all grain before I started brewing. First 3 batches were extract and then I went to all grain. I have made extracts in between but for the past year I have only been brewing all grain. For me my beers taste better and I like the process. It is also cheaper since I buy most of my ingredients in bulk now.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:10 PM   #102
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So are you saying that all grain is actually more cost effective?
Once you're past the extra startup cost of the bigger pot and such, absolutely. My two AG batches were $21 and $27. Extract batches were in the mid to high 30s.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:29 PM   #103
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i just bought my AG setup yesterday, after 1 year of extract can brewing.

Looking forward to get my equipment next weekend, ill be doing AG wheat beer !
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:41 PM   #104
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I made 4 Mr Beer exctract batches before making the switch after sitting on one of my buddies AG brew days. Extracts (especially the pre-hopped, no boil Mr Beer kits) just didn't feel like brewing to me and it really isn't any harder, just takes more time.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:52 PM   #105
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Is the taste difference really noticeable from extract to all grain?
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:54 PM   #106
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Is the taste difference really noticeable from extract to all grain?
Depends on how fresh your extract is.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:00 PM   #107
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Is the taste difference really noticeable from extract to all grain?
I never noticed a huge difference in taste.

The only difference i noticed is clarity of my beers (same recipe made twice, all grain and partial mash)

The other is color, whether i did late additions or not for beers, most of my extracts will be a bit darker than i want.

If you notice, this has nothing to do with taste or quality of the beer ... it's my picking of nits.
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The primary difference to me (outside of the color issue mentioned above) is control. With extract you're limited to how the extract was prepared in terms of fermentability. With AG you have much greater control over how high or low your FG will be.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:24 PM   #109
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I've never done an extract brew, it looked like more work to me, so I jumped in with both feet brewing all grain. Did my first batch on Saturday and it was pretty straightforward. Its fun and addictive.

The hardest part was figuring out what to do with all of the wet grain!
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Wife got me a Mr. Beer kit for birthday. Did one batch and while waiting for it to ferment, learned as much as I could to get ready for all grain. Next batch was a BIAB saison, which I bottled last night.
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