Why does all grain brewing take longer then extract?

All grain brewing takes longer then extract because you are making the beer from scratch, a bit like making a cake from flour, butter, sugar, etc. instead of buying a cake mix. The all grain process is about extracting the sugars from the grain to make your beer. In extract brewing, you already have this part of the process done for you. It can take 4 to 6 hours for the extraction of the sugars to occur, and that is where the extra time comes in.

You need this extra time to heat the water, convert the starches into sugar, and then you can boil the wort like normal. Brewers use the all grain method because it gives you total control of what goes into your beer. You get to choose all the grains, all the hops, and the yeast. With extract brewing you are somewhat limited by the company that makes the extract. You can choose how light, or dark, the extract is, but you do not have control over what grains are used in the extract making process.

All grain brewing is the same process that the commercial brewers use when making their beer. They start with the raw ingredients, and end up with beer in the end.

For those that are looking to be as close as possible to the professionals, all grain brewing is the only way to go.

You have the most control over your beer and you can experiment with the flavor of the beer when you all grain brew.

Is all grain brewing for everyone? No, time limitations are a major reason why people do not get into all grain brewing.Plus, equipment can be expensive for this type of brewing. But the results can be unmatched by extract brewing. The process itself is not as complicated as it appears. After a time or two, all grain brewing will become like second nature to you.

For most, the extra time and effort is worth it.

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