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srans

Pour Brewing needs your help

I may be messaging you with some questions, if you don't mind.
I've been brewing my own beer for about 6 months now, after a 3 year break since I did it in college. I want to get into partial mash (I've only been using extracts to this point) and may have a couple questions.

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Yea any time man. I did partials for a good bit until I finally made the switch to all grain. I've got a ton of books on the subject, so im sure I could answer or at least find your answer.

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I started brewing October of 2011 ish. It started with a Mr.Beer kit that I got for christmas which collected dust for 2 years. My first batch was an Octoberfest and a Pumpkin Ale followed shortly after. At this time I was working at a Microbrew bar with over 100 different beers on tap. The bar would always have events in where head/master brewers would come down and do a tap take over. One weekend I just so happened to show up to the bar with a bottle of my brew and got to share it with the head brewers of Lazy Magnolia and Bayou Tech La 31 who both loved it and admired my technique and creativity in the pumpkin beer. I quickly moved from extract (4 batches) to all grain (20+).

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[quote name='srans' timestamp='1357338300' post='2762']
I started brewing October of 2011 ish. It started with a Mr.Beer kit that I got for christmas which collected dust for 2 years. My first batch was an Octoberfest and a Pumpkin Ale followed shortly after. At this time I was working at a Microbrew bar with over 100 different beers on tap. The bar would always have events in where head/master brewers would come down and do a tap take over. One weekend I just so happened to show up to the bar with a bottle of my brew and got to share it with the head brewers of Lazy Magnolia and Bayou Tech La 31 who both loved it and admired my technique and creativity in the pumpkin beer. I quickly moved from extract (4 batches) to all grain (20+).

I'm actually using a Mr.Beer kit right now. Bought it about 6 months ago, and I'm about 4 batches in. I started brewing about 6 years ago though, in college. Worst. Beer. Ever. But it was cheap and got us drunk. We used a 60L (16 gallon) plastic garbage pail from Home Depot, 2L pop bottles we got from other peoples' recycling bins, and the Coopers malt extract kits. Never waited long enough for fermentation/conditioning or anything.
Anyways, wanted to get back into it recently and got a Mr. Beer kit from Amazon with 5 refills. Everyone on the Mr. Beer forums say to brew a bunch as is, with nothing extra to get a baseline feel for the taste, which is what I did for the first 3, the last one I added DME. The next one I want to add DME and start getting into hops, then get into partial mashes soon after. First step is to get a better setup though, 5 gallon pails/airlock/etc.
It's a fun hobby, and no matter the end result, it's still rewarding.

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