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What's the point of going all-grain?

My extract beers are good, I think better than most commercial beers that I buy. Extract takes less time, less equipment and seems to produce great quality beers. Why do people do full grain?
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Is it possible to make a beer worthy of a competition with malt extract?

I was wondering if it's possible to make a beer worthy of entering a competition that stands a chance of doing well. I'm still pretty new to brewing but wanted to know if I need to make the jump to ...
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Original Gravity: Calculate or measure

I've been told that for extract brewing it's best to simply calculate the original gravity instead of measuring it. Is this correct? What are the pros/cons either way? What about with ...
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How to brew less than 5 gallons at a time?

I recently moved into a smaller apartment and no longer have the space for my 6.5 and 5 gallon carboys. Do people sell smaller carboys than this? I know Mr. Beer would be small enough, but I'd ...
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Is a long boil with extract necessary?

I'm making a late hopped extract beer later tonight. (Jamil's Evil Twin as posted http://www.mrmalty.com/late_hopping.htm) He suggests at 90 minute boil with the first hop addition coming 20 minutes ...
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How do I cut my extract brewing cost?

I'm trying to reduce my cost-per-beer, without investing in an all-grain setup. I know I'm pretty limited with what I can tweak (can't get around needing sugar, yeast, and hops), but here in Montana ...
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What is the conversion rate between dry malt extract (DME) and liquid malt extract (LME)?

Say I have a recipe that calls for 5 lbs of LME. How much DME would that be?
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Didn't hit gravity--how to calculate how much malt extract to add to the fermenter?

Lets say you were aiming for 1.047 but only hit 1.032. In a 5 gallon batch, how much malt extract would you need to add to the fermenter to bring it up to the desired gravity?
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How would I make Alcoholic Rootbeer?

I picked up some rootbeer extract at my local brewshop, and I've made a few batches in old soda bottles... but is it possible brew it with an alcohol content similar to that of beer?
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Why do extract recipes call for a late addition of the bulk of the extract?

My recipe calls for a pound of DME at the beginning of the boil and 6 pounds at 15 minutes to go. What's the point of that?
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Why would a recipe use both Light LME and Light DME?

I just brewed a clone of Belhaven Scottish Ale using the extract recipe from the book, Clone Brews. The recipe calls for both light LME and light DME. Why would it use both? It does specify brands ...
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Liquid malt extract storage

What's the best way to store LME for extended periods of time? Can LME be kept in the freezer to limit spoilage or are there better ways keep it somewhat fresh?
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Extract late with a full boil?

If you can do a full wort boil with extracts is it still beneficial to be adding extract late to avoid color changes and the like? What would happen to hop utilization with extract late in a full ...
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How much chocolate extract should I use?

The Young's Double Chocolate Stout clone recipe I'm about to rack to the secondary in two days calls for 0.33 ounces of chocolate extract. That's less than a tablespoon. The bottle of chocolate ...
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How do I convert between all-grain and extract recipes?

If I have an all-grain recipe, and I want to convert it to an extract or partial-mash recipe, the easiest way is to replace the base malt with malt extract. Conversely, converting an extract recipe to ...
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How do you calculate how much extract to add if you don't hit your target gravity pre-boil?

Planning to do my first all-grain BIAB. If miss my target gravity after mashing, how do I figure out how much extract to add before I start the boil in order to reach that OG? I would imagine ...
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How long will an extract kit stay good?

Ive been wanting to get into homebrewing so when I saw the Groupon for this kit http://www.midwestsupplies.com/irish-red-ale.html I ordered it. However I was in the process of moving so I haven't ...
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Is there a noticable difference between adding extract to all grain and “pure all grain” on high gravity beers?

This may be similar to some of the questions extract brewers ask, but what I want to do is brew my normal 10 gallons, but I want to do an imperial. I use a 10 gallon mash tun, limiting me to 26 ...
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How should bulk DME be stored?

Related to this question, but I'd like to get a 50 lb. bag of pilsner DME from the LHBS to use over the course of 3-6 months. Can it be stored like grain, or are there additional considerations that ...
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All-Grain to Extract and Steeping

I'm wondering how this can be converted to an extract recipe. Initially it was thought we could just do 14lbs (US 2 row) * .75 = 10.5lbs of extract, but then the question was asked if the rest of the ...
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Weighing Liquid Malt Extract

In Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff, many of the recipes call for LME. Often, the amount is 0.5 lbs or similar, particularly of things like Munich extract. I typically brew all-grain, but ...
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What is Extract Twang?

This term pops up from time to time and it often cited as a reason to go to all grain. But maybe its because I don't really know what it tastes like. Do you believe in extract twang? How do you get ...
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To Squeeze or Not To Squeeze the speciality grain mesh bag?

I order extracts from NB and most of them come with a disposable mesh bag with specialty grains, the instructions specifying to take the grains out after the temperature reaches 170*F. After pulling ...
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Do you strain break material from DME boiled for priming?

When you prime with DME, there is a bit of break material formed when you boil the DME. How to brew mentions this, but doesn't say what to do about it or if you should care. Do you strain this ...
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What about opened LME cans?

Most LME come in 3 pound cans, which is a quite large quantity if you want to add just a little to your wort, just one pound for example. It's a shame to throw away the rest. If I open a LME can and ...
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Dry vs. Liquid Extract

Dry and liquid extract each have their advantages and draw-backs. What are the perceived ups and downs for using one or the other?
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Extract brew, sanitizing hop strainer and tap? First brew day!

Last night I made my first ever extract brew. The brew day went pretty well. As I have a 32 litre brupak boiler with a hop strainer and tap I cooled the wort with cold bottled water straight in the ...
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Would/Could you add boiled, rehydrated extract after wort is cooled & topped off to boost OG?

Imagine this scenario. Not that I know anybody who's done this. Let's say it's hypothetical. You're brewing from extract. You cool your wort, transfer it to your fermenter, add your top-off water, ...
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Flavor extracts - add to secondary or add during bottling?

What are the pros and cons of adding flavor extracts (fruit, chocolate, what have you) at bottling time versus adding them to the secondary? Does it make a difference? Is there a trade-off between ...
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Need help with my 1st IPA recipe

I've got a couple extract (kits) batches under my belt and now want to venture out into the unknown and create my own recipe. The following is what I've come up with after doing a bit of research. ...
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Can extract brewing achieve professional results?

I was recently on vacation and I toured a brewpub in the Chicago area. I was surprised to find out that they are extract brewers. Is this common practice for small brewpubs? Would this place a ...
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What Can I use to replace 0.2 pounds of Extract in a Recipe?

I have a recipe that calls for 12.2 pounds of liquid malt extract. I picked up only 12 pounds (2 X 6 pound jugs) but didn't want to waste a bunch for only 0.2 pounds. Originally I was thinking it ...
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Malt extract fermentability

Does anyone know of resources that specify the fermentability of malt extracts like muntons and coopers? Has anyone done a forced fermentation on these extracts who has results they are willing to ...
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What effect would using less LME than called for have?

I just brewed a recipe for a biggish beer that calls for 6.6 lbs of light LME and 2.75 lbs of light DME. Given that I always mess up at least one thing when I brew, I measured out 2.75 lbs of DME and ...
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Extract vs Mash

Is taking the extra time to make a mash worth it? I've only dealt with extracts so far, but will definitely experiment with a mash (at least for learning purposes). I've heard various people saying ...
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Does a malt “late addition” affect OG?

I'm following a recipe from a book for an IPA that calls for the following (simplified) steps: Boil water (3G/11L) Add Light DME (1lb/450g) & return to boil Add hops At 45 mins, add LME ...
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Is DMS content relevant when using extract?

Most extract kits suggest simply dropping the extract in the bucket with some boiling water. Do extract brewers need to be concerned about DMS levels or is that taken care of in the starch conversion ...
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I forgot to add my extract until the end!

So, I was brewing distracted, which I will never do again, did everything right...except I didn't remember to add the big jug of liquid malt extract to the wort, or hopped water in my case! You would ...
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What to do when gravity comes out too low?

We brewed a maibock (from an extract kit) and when we checked our OG it was significantly lower than it should have been. I mean like, really, really low. We decided to attribute this to the wort not ...
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Questions regarding ingredients specified in recipe

I was interested in brewing this recipe but I have a couple of questions regarding the grain used. 0.5 lb. crystal malt, 50° Lovibond 0.5 lb. toasted malt, 25° Lovibond Does this refer to crushed ...
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Is this a reasonable use of special B in an imperial stout recipe?

I've just worked up this (extract, specialty grains) recipe from glancing at clone recipes for old Rasputin imperial stout and black butte porter--they both have a smooth, chocolaty thing I'm going ...
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After the Ice Bath of the Wort, should I pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy?

I am just an extract brewer; I buy everything from NB. The instructions say: "Fill primary fermenter with 2 gallons of cold water, then pour in the cooled wort. Leave any thick sludge in the bottom ...
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What is the shelf life for DME?

I have a package of Briess Golden Light DME, and I noticed on the back it had a date stamp of 130923 10:57, which I assume to mean it was produced on Sept. 23, 2013. It got me wondering if DME ...
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Should I boil a hopped malt extract prior to fermentation?

I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started. John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that ...
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How much difference does malt make in extract brewing?

I am buying some malt extract for my next brew. Im tempted by cheap DME as its a third of the price of the specialist LME specified by the recipe. How much of a difference would that make to the final ...
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Inconsistencies in fermentables' ppg calculation

I've been searching around the net, asking in forums, even writing to Weyermann, trying to figure out what is the correct formula -- using a malt spec sheet -- to calculate the ppg value that I can ...
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Steeping Maris Otter Pale Malt

I'm looking to do my first extract brew after doing a couple of kits and have found what claims to be an extract recipe, which uses Maris Otter Pale Malt grain. Is this a speciality grain I can use ...
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Boil size, ABU's and adding LME

I see version of this question has been asked, so apologies for the repeat but its never quite answered in the way I need. I made a batch last night and noticed half way through the process that ...
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Flaked Maize Mini/Partial Mash

Still back on extract brews due to time/equipment constraints, but I am making a cream ale this week. Have one lb of flaked maize for a 5 gallon batch (along with 6 lbs of DME), and I understand that ...
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What is the most popular method of brewing beer?

I am a beginner and as a beginner almost everything tells you to use malt extracts to brew your beer. So after a few batches I think I am ready to move up but I am wondering if it's worth the extra ...