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Offline alcaponejunior

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Moving to all-grain
« on: August 27, 2012, 04:37:17 PM »
Hey.  Active on various other forums and sites (some of you probably know me).  Been doing extract and partial mash for about a year.  Switching to all-grain 3.5 gallon batches after my last batch of extract is brewed this week.  I have a five gallon mash tun made from a cooler that is sufficient for most 3.5 gallon batches.  I chose that size because right now I'm in an apartment with an electric stove, and it's about impossible to boil more than about 4 gallons. 

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Re: Moving to all-grain
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 05:15:48 PM »
good luck al

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Re: Moving to all-grain
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 09:32:06 AM »
All grain is great and feels like I am in full control of my destiny but if you don't have fermentation temperature control then you will probably not find your beers to be much different that partial mash and extract.   

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Re: Moving to all-grain
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 05:26:55 PM »
Hey Al! Going all grain is fantastic, especially with this program. I moved over about 2 years ago and the flexibility is fantastic!
For Giggles try a batch and toast your own grains for some outstanding flavors. And with all grain it is a lot easier to do.
Don't fall for the "masa Harina" grinder though. splurg and get a grain mill, you will be happy you did it.
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Re: Moving to all-grain
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2012, 07:37:42 PM »
+1 to jomebrew's response regarding temperature control - this one thing makes a huge difference.

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Re: Moving to all-grain
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2012, 05:51:59 PM »
Yeah temp control is the one thing that's easy here... as long as I like 68F (the closet is a very steady temp).   8)

In the near future I plan to have a freezer with a temp controller.  Near future being sometime soon, not precisely sure when...  ;D

My first few batches will be very simple (IPA, pale ale, smash).  I plan to work on the process and tweak it before getting too complicated.

you can read all my processes, procedures, and recipes on my blog alcaponejunior.wordpress.com

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