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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:44 pm

All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

I am an Extract brewer who is finally making the leap to All Grain (about time). After much research, I put together this All Grain flow proces to help me understand the process a bit better. I'd appreciate any opinions if it looks good or what I might have wrong or missing.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.
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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:47 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:50 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

Thats good to know. I had a hell of a time trying to figure out what file extensions are accepted. .TIF was all I could get to 'work', but it looks like it doesn't actually work. Is there a better way to attach an image ?

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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:53 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

You can directly upload a .jpeg file to the forum.
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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:54 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

Jpg works.
Or if you can post your images from a website, like photobucket.
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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:55 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

Great thanks. .JPG appears to work.
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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:01 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

Wow...my head just exploded...How about keeping it simple for a few batches...??
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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:04 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

It is definetly not the simplest flow chart I have ever seen.
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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:04 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

If I had seen that I never would have gone all-grain!
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Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:40 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

You forgot to have a vorlauf step in the fly-mashing routine. And you don't really want to put dry-hops in the primary unless you're not doing a secondary and wait until the bulk of fermentation is complete. :blah:
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Post Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:11 am

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

I really appreciate the fact that you are putting this much thought into your brewing as I believe that process is just as important as ingredients in making great beer. It drives consistency which is really what I strive for in my brewing. That being said, this is awfully complicated. I was intimidated by the thought of moving to all grain but once I started I couldn't believe how simple the process can be.

There are a few more considerations like water chemistry, mash pH, measuring volumes and temps more closely, etc. but once you get past the mash it is the same process as brewing with extract. I make a short checklist for every brew day just to make sure I don't forget to add campden tablets, minerals, things like that. I find that helpful even after 2 years of all grain brewing. Thanks for sharing, by the way.
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Post Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:56 am

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

I, too, appreciate the effort and agree with the comment that if I saw this before I throught about venturing into AG brewing, I would not have gone AG. I believe that this is simply a consequence of trying to accurately and visually describe any multi-step procedure.

As you look at the flowchart it does appear to be a complex process. However, that is the nature of accurately explaining a process in detail and then trying to represent it visually. I've taken training courses where we do exercises that ask you to describe the simplest process in detail as if you were describing it to someone who has never done it before (e.g., getting dressed, tying your shoes, making a pot of coffeee, etc). If you try to be accurate, detailed and go step by step, things appear to be complex even though they really are not. I remember the assembly instructions for old gas BBQ grills. They were super complex but if you followed the instructions and dedicated 2+ hours you got yourself a grill (now grills come in just a few pieces).
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Post Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:15 am

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

Porchbrewer,

This is a complex flow chart, but fairly accurate.

As a matter of fact, I am teaching an all grain homebrewing seminar at my local technical college next month. (It's soooooo freakin cool to get paid to teach people to brew beer!) Can I obtain your permission to use this flowchart as a detailed visual aid?

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Post Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:30 am

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

beerider wrote:Wow...my head just exploded...How about keeping it simple for a few batches...??


Bingo! I think once the OP actually does an AG batch he'll see it's way simpler than that.
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Post Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:31 pm

Re: All Grain Brewing Process Flowchart

I dug this up off of my old computer, it helped me a lot when I went AG:
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