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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2013, 10:41:42 AM »
May 1 2012. About a year and a half after I started brewing.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2013, 11:42:39 AM »
Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2013, 12:00:58 PM »
Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.

Oh, yeah!  Worst recipe database ever!  Did you do rec.cafts.brewing, too?

I read a lot post on rec.crafts.  I don't think I ever posted though.

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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2013, 12:01:36 PM »
Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.
Wow, there's a flashback!
yes, I remember that. "I haven't/just brewed this and I know it is going to be really good."

IIRC, there was one recipe there that was just 10 lb. of crystal....nothing else.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #34 on: May 15, 2013, 12:04:00 PM »
Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.
Wow, there's a flashback!
yes, I remember that. "I haven't/just brewed this and I know it is going to be really good."

IIRC, there was one recipe there that was just 10 lb. of crystal....nothing else.
+1.  Hilarious !  There were some horrendous recipes on there.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2013, 12:21:39 PM »
I started extract brewing in March of 2012. After about 7 or 8 batches, I switched to all grain in June of 2012. The first two all grain batches I brewed, I made from scratch. Then second of which was a cherry stout, and to my surprise, it took first place in the region of the NHC this year. I ordered a handful of all grain kits after that, but I do all my own at this point. I got my membership for the AHA for Christmas and have learned so much since then. You are at the benefit of having infinite brewing education at your finger tips. If you're asking this question, you must think you are or close to being ready for the transition. So I say go for it! I feel that brewing a beer from scratch is much more rewarding than using extracts and kits. Good luck!
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #36 on: May 15, 2013, 02:48:53 PM »
Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.

Oh, yeah!  Worst recipe database ever!  Did you do rec.cafts.brewing, too?

Yes I did.  I may have to go home tonight and see if I can dig up my copy of Cat's Meow and flip through it!   
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When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2013, 03:47:12 PM »
Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.

Oh, yeah!  Worst recipe database ever!  Did you do rec.cafts.brewing, too?

Yes I did.  I may have to go home tonight and see if I can dig up my copy of Cat's Meow and flip through it!

When were you on rcb?  We might have "known" each other back then.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2013, 04:46:37 PM »
It only took me 6 batches to make the switch. Been doing AG ever since, but I have given some thought to doing another extract batch again. And now that I have a lot more knowledge and experience, it would be interesting to see how the same type of beer would fare against an extract one.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2013, 05:04:16 PM »
I brewed extract for a couple of years in the late 90s then took a break.  I started doing all-grain after moving up north and joining the local club.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2013, 05:08:02 PM »
I did extract batches, graduating from Mr. Beer to a 5g setup, for about 2 years from about 2004.  Started doing partial mashes, then bigger partial mashes, then ran out of space in my old townhouse to really get to the next step and stopped brewing for awhile. 

Once we moved into a bigger house in 2009 I thought, "Hey, I've got some space here.".  Went back to it and straight to all grain at that point and (as my wife would put it) it's been downhill ever since.   ;D
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2013, 05:20:56 PM »
I think I made 3 extract beers, 2 partial mashes, then went all grain.  About 100 batches ago, roughly.

I've tried making extract beers a few times since then.  I can make a decent extract Weizen, but otherwise I never really learned how to make extract versions of the styles I prefer that I was happy with.

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When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #42 on: May 15, 2013, 06:36:49 PM »
Sometime in 1995.
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Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #43 on: May 15, 2013, 06:59:09 PM »
The moment I realized that Denny's Batch Sparge website was as simple as it seemed.

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When did you switch to all grain?
« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2013, 07:00:19 PM »
The moment I realized that Denny's Batch Sparge website was as simple as it seemed.

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