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« on: August 23, 2009, 11:48:37 AM »

I did read the other (2) posts. I would have to agree that it is pretty lonely here in the extract area. Well i am only on my third batch of beer. And i am still using extract. Or at least partial extract. I am just about to bottle a belgian white. Which is a 1/2 extract and 1/2 grain. First time with the grain. It went pretty smooth. For right now i am still a fan of the extract. It still makes a pretty good beer.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009, 12:01:21 PM »

I make some beer with a hybrid type of boil.  Doing a full wort boil but using DME as the principle extract in the wort.  Using  extract does not necessarily make a lower quality beer it cuts your options down a lot.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009, 12:23:58 PM »

Word. If you had a simple extract recipe and did the equivelant with AG I'd be impressed if someone could tell the difference. The biggest thing I like about AG is that you can use varying amounts of so many types of grain, whereas extract is more limited in that sense. There's still a lot of experimentation you can do with extract and you dont have to (get to?) take up a bunch of space of equipment.. thats part of the fun though Tongue Oh, and the time thing.
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2009, 09:36:58 AM »

No problem doing extract and partial grain brewing.  Like others have said, it just limits your options.  I did Partial Grain brewing for 13 years before I started all grain brewing.  I did not intend to move to 100% all grain brewing, but I go hooked.  It is hard to stay in the same spot in the brewing process.

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2009, 01:58:35 PM »

Just keep making beer. I did about 25 extract/steeping grain or partial mash batches before I did all grain beers.  As long as you make drinkable beer, it's all good.   Grin

And there are lots of folks here to help you if/when you want to do something different. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2009, 02:07:12 PM »

Welcome FuManQ!  Most all of us have done or occasionally will do extract!  Makes for a short brewday. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2009, 02:30:20 PM »

After 6-7 years of brewing, I still mainly do extract. I took second in the Ale division at the South Western ID state fair with a Belgian Dubbel using extract with grain. Just do what you enjoy, both AG and Extract make good brews.

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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2009, 01:26:28 PM »

Thanks for all the good words here. I will have to say that All Grain does sound interesting. But i am pretty happy with what i have done so far with extract. I think that i still have some methods and tricks to learn before heading off to the bigger leagues. I got started with a brew party a couple of guys at work were having. Now im hooked. Just bottled my 3rd batch. Just about ready to brew another soon. I tried an mild english ale at the Nampa Brewers Center that was darn tasty. It might be my next batch.
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