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What is All-Grain Beer Brewing?

Learn about all-grain brewing from home brewer Chris Cuzme in this Howcast video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Cuzme. I am a long-time member and current president of the New York City Home Brewer's Guild. I've been home brewing since about 2001, and I love it. I'm crazy addicted to it, and I'm happy to share it with you today. I'm also part of the New York City Degustation Advisory Team which I formed with my partner, Mary Izett, NYCDAT.com. I'll be showing you how to home brew today. Cheers!

What is all grain brewing versus extract brewing? Basically, what's happening when you brew using an all grain, you are mashing and extracting, personally mashing and extracting the sugars from your grain in house. But you don't have to do this. It's more fun as a brewer to me, but not to everybody. Some people don't have the space, some people don't have the time. It adds 2 hours to your brew day. You can purchase malt extract. So somebody has already done this mashing experience for you. Where, if you have sugar water, concentrated sugar water, the sugar being extracted from barley. And you put that into, you mix that with water to make your beer. But all grain brewing, you do that entirely yourself. So your grist, grist is a term we use for the entire mixture of grains that we're using in our beer. When you make your own grist, and you have the entire grist, you're getting all that sugar together. All grain brewing is just a personal preference for every home brewer. But, you won't see any commercial brewers extract grain.

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