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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #45 on: May 15, 2013, 07:18:48 PM »
It was Batch # 18. Back in Feb 2012...DC Rye IPA, Followed the recipe to the letter...Blue cooler, 8 gallon aluminum pot, Batch Sparge...Took great notes...Never looked back...Thanks to DC and those who give all of us great intel and feedback...YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE !!!!! 
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When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #46 on: May 15, 2013, 08:09:38 PM »
The moment I realized that Denny's Batch Sparge website was as simple as it seemed.

Still think that's the best method to brew 5-10+ gallon batches. So much easier and faster. And every bit as good as fly sparse, if not better.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2013, 08:11:53 PM by majorvices »
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #47 on: May 15, 2013, 09:11:51 PM »
My first batch was an extract kit, and then I pretty much dove headlong into designing my own recipes. Right after that I realized that there was no reason I had to brew in 5-gallon increments, so I started brewing 3 gallon batches. Then I learned about BIAB, and said "that's for me!" and jumped into all-grain.

My first extract brew was in January after I got a kit for Xmas. My first all-grain brew was in August. I'm glad I made the jump to AG so quickly. Even though the brew day is a lot longer, I enjoy the brew day, the process, and the end result a lot more. I end up brewing more often, too.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #48 on: May 15, 2013, 09:14:18 PM »
I think my fifth or sixth batch was all grain. I haven't brewed an extract batch since. I remember going into my first AG thinking I was going to screw everything up and coming out thinking I did ok. Actually, I did make a colossal error. I left my scale set to ounces instead of grams when I did the water adjustments. I ended up with incredibly salty brown ale. It was undrinkable but made really good brine for meats and did a nice job to boil hot dogs. I found a few bottles a couple months ago and gave one a taste before pouring it out. It tasted like olive juice. It was three years old.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #49 on: May 15, 2013, 09:32:30 PM »
Went all grain after seven months which was my 12th batch.  Did two Mr. Beer kits to try brewing in January 2012, did extract with specialty grains after that, then my 12th batch was the first time going all-grain and doing a yeast starter.  It was the best beer I made to that point.  I'm currently on batch 33 and have done one extract batch since going all-grain.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #50 on: May 16, 2013, 03:14:09 AM »
It took me 4 years to get my all grain equipment together. I couldn't find any reasonable brew pots in Canada at the time. ( 1994 ). My BIL bought a cottage in Ontario and came here from FL every summer. I sent him used Sanke kegs from the US and he brought them up one at a time every May. Still using those same kegs and converted everything to electric in 2003.

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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #51 on: May 16, 2013, 07:04:34 AM »
I started brewing at a BoP place about 70 miles from my home.  My wife (at the time) bought me a gift certificate.  Brewed extract beers there for a couple years, but they went out of business.  I didn't want to stop brewing, so I find MidWest Brewing supplies and started home brewing extract batches.  I accidentaly bought a minimash recipe, looked at the instructions and thought "oh sh*t."  But, I did it.  I had no friends who knew about brewing, had not yet heard of the BN.

I went all grain the next batch and never looked back. 

Today, our beer is available at a couple bars in town. 

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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #52 on: May 28, 2013, 10:03:03 AM »
4 exstract batches then went all grain

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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #53 on: May 28, 2013, 10:14:32 AM »
Not sure how many extract batches I did beforehand, but I took an 8 yr break then did about 3 or 4 extract batches before going all-grain.
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When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2013, 10:15:08 AM »
One extract batch, then AG
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2013, 10:22:53 AM »
When I had a garage again. 
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #56 on: May 28, 2013, 10:46:25 AM »
after my second batch of extract.

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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #57 on: December 20, 2013, 01:02:04 PM »
I made 5 extract kits.....hated them and made the switch to all grain  and never looked back.


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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #58 on: December 20, 2013, 05:52:43 PM »
6 extract batches, then to all grain.  Haven't done an extract since.  I, like I think most others, really like the all grain process.  CountryTime vs freshly squeezed?
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #59 on: December 20, 2013, 06:39:51 PM »
I did extract for more than a year. Not sure. Maybe two years.