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All Grain Brewing

Hi all. I am pretty new to this hobby. Two kits, Slobber and Hef, under my belt. Slobber is great. Hef being bottled this weekend after three weeks in primary. Smells great. Hope it tastes as good. If there is one thing I have learned so far is that patience is key. I have been rewarded with a very good first batch. Doing a partial mash Oatmeal Stout next.

I was thinking of trying to get into all grain brewing this summer. However, I have always been one to learn better if I watch how something is done rather than reading how to do it. Before I even bought my brew kit, I watched videos for a month. I find it helps a lot to see how something is done then trying to do it. I live in the Chicago area and was wondering if there are any classes or maybe even any all grain brewers in the area that would be willing to show someone how its done. I know its asking a lot, but before I go out and buy all of the equipment needed, I would like to go through an all grain brew and see how the process works. I would buy all of the ingredients if need be. Although I have watched videos about how to do an all grain brew, something is not clicking.

Thanks as always for the info.

See if you can find a local home brew shop that offers classes. That would be a VERY good way to learn. Or maybe you can find a local home brew club. Another tremendous resource.

Contact a brew club, and see if any member wants to let you join a brew session.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/c ... brew-club/

This is a very good dvd for getting started in All-Grain:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/books-media/beer-dvds/homebrewing-301-getting-started-with-all-grain-dvd.html

Need some recipe suggestion. Everything listedis whats on hand
Grains & Adjuncts
Name Type Gravity Origin Amount On Hand
Belgian Caramel Pils Grain 1.034 US 2 lbs 0.00 ozs
Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt Grain 1.037 US 5 lbs 0.00 ozs
Briess Caramel 40L Grain 1.034 US 1 lbs 0.00 ozs
Briess Caramel 60L Grain 1.034 US 1 lbs 0.00 ozs
Briess Victory Malt Grain 1.034 US 1 lbs 0.00 ozs
Briess White Malt Wheat Grain 1.039 US 5 lbs 0.00 ozs
Crisp Maris Otter Liquid Malt Extract 1.038 UK 4 lbs 0.00 ozs
Honey Malt Grain 1.037 Canada 1 lbs 0.00 ozs
Light Dry Extract Dry Malt Extract 1.044 US 6 lbs 0.00 ozs
Pale Malt (2 Row) UK Grain 1.036 UK 5 lbs 0.00 ozs
Pale Malt (2 Row) US Grain 1.036 US 5 lbs 0.00 ozs
Rahr 2-Row Grain 1.035 US 5 lbs 0.00 ozs
Rahr Pale Ale Grain 1.037 US 5 lbs 0.00 ozs
Rahr Red Wheat Grain 1.037 US 2 lbs 0.00 ozs
Weyermann Pale Wheat Malt Grain 1.038 Germany 5 lbs 0.00 ozs

Hops
Name Type AA % Origin Amount On Hand
Amarillo Gold Aroma 8.50 % US 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Cascade Aroma/Bittering 7.10 % US 1 lbs 0.00 ozs
Cluster Bittering 7.00 % US 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Crystal Aroma 3.50 % US 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Fuggles Aroma 4.50 % UK 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Goldings, East Kent Aroma 5.00 % UK 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Hallertau Aroma 4.10 % Germany 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Hallertauer Aroma 4.10 % Germany 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Pacific Jade Bittering 13.10 % New Zealand 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Pearle Bittering 8.50 % Germany 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Wakatu, New Zealand Aroma/Bittering 7.40 % New Zealand 0 lbs 1.00 ozs
Williamette Aroma 5.50 % US 0 lbs 1.00 ozs

Yeasts
Name Form Type Lab Amount On Hand
Bry 97 Dry Ale Danstar 1.00 packages
London ESB Ale Liquid Ale Wyeast Labs 1968 1.00 packages
Nottingham Dry Ale Danstar 1.00 packages
Safale US-05 Dry Ale Fermentis US-05 1.00 packages
Safbrew S-33 Dry Ale Fermentis S-33 1.00 packages
Safbrew T-58 Dry Ale Fermentis T-58 2.00 packages
Safbrew WB-06 Dry Ale Fermentis WB-06 3.00 packages
San diego super Liquid Ale White Labs 0051 1.00 packages

[quote=“rebuiltcellars”]Contact a brew club, and see if any member wants to let you join a brew session.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/c ... brew-club/[/quote]

AHA really needs to update that list. Several in my area are no longer in existence or have outdated contact details.

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