All Grain Brewing - Brace Yourself!

When people start to make home brewed beer, there is a wide range of options available to them, in which many will include a few short-cuts that make the whole process a lot easier for the brewer. As with many things in life there is a certain amount of trade-off when it comes to doing things the easy way. Of course, it is easier, but with that you have to accept the fact that it is going to e a certain way - there will be restrictions in what you can create, because part of the process has already been done for you by the people who pre-prepared some of th ingredients. The complete process, without any short cuts, requires a knowledge of all-grain brewing.
Making your own beer is not easy when you have to do it all from scratch. You start with raw ingredients and equipment which have been used since time immemorial by home brewers. Instead of having pre-packaged ingredients with part of the work already done - a more modern innovation - you will have to do the work yourself. There is an advantage to this, though, and that is in the infinite variety that can await you. The beer that results from this process can cover a wide range of different tastes and varieties, and the deciding factor will be in your ambition, talent and attention. If you want a brew that tastes of banana, you can do it, as long as you are prepared to do the work to bring it about.

All grain brewing is viewed by many home brewers as the only way to make real, home brewed beer. In view of the fact that the ingredients are rawer, it will of course rely to some extent on having the right equipment too. This means a greater early outlay when it comes to buying the products you need for the home brewing process, but in the end it pays for itself. After you have made this investment and learned the process for turning your grain into a drinkable beer, all you need to do is find the  right ingredients, and learn the tricks of how you turn them from raw ingredient into worthwhile brew.

The term "all grain brewing" is a reference to the fact that the process does not involve any pre-made component parts of the beer mixture, instead requiring you to turn the grain that you are using into something which will become a beer. Not every ingredient is a grain, of course, especially if you are making a more exotic variation, but it is all in its rawest  form.

Once you have grasped all grain brewing, you really are onto something. From that point on you can start to brew beers of different strengths, tastes and appearances, and find the one that makes you happiest. The more versatile you can be with your brewing, the more of a repertoire you will put together, and you can enjoy a wide and varied range of beers that will put any bar to shame.

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