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Thinking of going all grain

I am thinking I would like to go to the next level and go all grain. Is there a good web site or book and equipment you can recommend.

http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/

How to Brew
http://www.amazon.com/How-Brew-Everything-Right-ebook/dp/B009DH2PP4/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1
by John Palmer, if you have not yet read it.

+1 to Dennybrew. He makes it all very easy, like nothing else out there.

No problem’s with Denny’s, but I’m partial to this one (skip step #3):

http://www.homebrewing.org/All-Grain-Ho ... _47-1.html

here’s a good vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CRI1veziKI

Have fun and good luck. The smell of freshly crushed grain mixing with hot water is one of the best in brewing!!!

When I finally went all grain I was surprised that it really wasn’t any harder than the partial mashes I had been doing. Best of luck.

[quote=“baileyjoe”]No problem’s with Denny’s, but I’m partial to this one (skip step #3):

http://www.homebrewing.org/All-Grain-Ho ... _47-1.html

here’s a good vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CRI1veziKI[/quote]

The first link wasn’t that bad, but It’s pretty much dated.

The second part, that video just plain sucks. I clicked off, thankfully, after a few painfull minutes.

Go for it. It’s mind-bogglingly cheaper, takes not much more equipment, isn’t any harder, and just takes more time. Denny’s method is pretty good stuff, and won’t lead you wrong. There’s nothing like the feeling of lugging a fifty pound sack of grain from the shop, then running your fingers through the grain. I need to frame the dinosaur from the Rahr sack to hang in my brew room.

Do it. I switched 4 brews ago and pretty much use Denny’s method. Very happy. Btw, tons of posts say all grain doesn’t necessarily taste better, but I disagree. My wife, brew buddy, his wife and I all feel our all grain beers have been much better without a syrupy-type taste that I have come to associate with extract. Plus it is more fun and I feel like a God shaping grain, water, hops and yeast into heavenly nector.

[quote=“akbrewer”]When I finally went all grain I was surprised that it really wasn’t any harder than the partial mashes I had been doing. Best of luck.[/quote]This…when I started brewing with extract I thought there is NO way I want to make this complicated. It really is just as easy as dennybrew.com makes it out to be, :cheers:

Full disclosure: I brew all grain, every beer.

That being said, extract can make award winning beer. The biggest factor is fresh extract. That 4 year old, dusty can on the top shelf isn’t going to make award winning beer. As in any other cooking, fresh ingredients are the key.

I was never really satisfied with my extract beers. I brewed with extract for 3 or 4 years and made a few excellent beers and a good number of “ok” ones. All grains makes using fresh ingredients much easier.

Paul

[quote=“wallybeer”][quote=“baileyjoe”]No problem’s with Denny’s, but I’m partial to this one (skip step #3):

http://www.homebrewing.org/All-Grain-Ho ... _47-1.html

here’s a good vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CRI1veziKI[/quote]

The first link wasn’t that bad, but It’s pretty much dated.

The second part, that video just plain sucks. I clicked off, thankfully, after a few painfull minutes.[/quote]

Try this…a series of videos produced by the AHA based on my system…

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/p ... ing-videos

I have taught many people to brew AG. Every single time, once the wort is in the kettle, they all say “Is that all there is to it?”.

Denny brew all day. I recently just did my first batch of all grain. I was nervous about it and everything went well. Brewed with confidence and there is no better felling.

As a brewer that has moved from the kitchen brewing five gallon batches on my stove to now being a 15 gallon brewer using conicals, temperature controlled fermentors and am remodeling one of my outbuildings to a dedicated brewery, I would say, go for it.

Yet, I would recommend you do two things. 1) Don’t walk away from kit beers. This winter I may purchase an extract kit or two just because they are easy and quick. My current processes take a full day to complete and I may not want 15 gallons of a new style for myself. 2) If you have decided this is a hobby for the longer term, planning it out can be a lot of fun. Learning about the next stage you want to develop and methodically getting there has been for me very exciting. When you think ahead, you will begin to plan the process so you do not purchase equipment twice. But that brew kettle for the size of your terminal brewery. Or, learn to make much of the equipment yourself, stirplates, Keg line cleaning equipment, counterflow chillers and fermentation chambers. Have fun.

Another option is BIAB. It’s probably the easiest way to get into all grain as far as an initial investment goes, especially if you’re looking to brew smaller batches.

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