…and so far I’m loving it! I have always been interested in the prospect of getting involved in home brewing beer, but only recently have we been able to actually seriously consider getting involved. Now we have the space, a spare fridge to put the fermenter in, and some spare time in which to do the brewing and maintenance of the brews.
Even before I had bought an entry level kit I was most interested in the process behind All Grain brewing as for me it represented a more ‘pure’ form of the hobby – Extract brewing of course uses all grain to produce the concentrate that goes into the can, but I’m the kind of guy who likes to do things ‘right’ even though (in some cases) the end result is similar.
I like the idea of being able to tweak the recipe with all grain, rather than having to try and cover up for flavors that are in the Extract that may not be what you want.
Having said all of that, I recently brewed and bottled my first home brew, an Extract brew. I went this route initially because I knew there was a lot of things I need to get right before investing in a substantial amount of all grain gear. Things such as fermentation temperature control and sanitation techniques, two items which can have a very large affect on the final product.
In addition to these things I have also taken steps to improve other aspects of fermentation, I have bought an aeration stone so I can oxygenate the wort prior to pitching, and I am now in the process of building up the equipment so that I can make yeast starters in the future as well. I’ve got a 2L borosillicate flask, a couple of boxes of dried malt extract (DME), Wyeast Yeast Nutrient and also a couple of smack packs of Liquid Yeast for the brews im planning in the next couple of months.