Benefits Of Brewing With Extract
Is Extract Brewing Better?
Over the last decade, home brewing has grown from a fledgling hobby into an activity that millions of Americans take part in every year. The ability to brew your own beer at home isn’t just a great way to spend an afternoon, it is an activity that teaches people a lot about the chemistry and science behind brewing. The first thing most homebrewers are tasked with when deciding to try their hand at brewing, is whether or not they are going to use an all-grain recipe or make use of extracts. Few topics in the homebrew world are as polarizing as extract versus all-grain brewing and, quite honestly, extract brewing receives some criticism from certain camps of homebrewers. In today’s post, we here at Brau Supply wanted to take some time to look at the benefits associated with extract brewing in hopes of taking some of the negative feelings associated with this form of homebrewing.
What is Extract?
When a person brews beer, they can either utilize an all-grain method or an extract method. Using the all-grain approach, the malted grains are soaked in water at a certain temperature for a specific amount of time (a process known in the brewing world as mashing) in order to extract the fermentable sugars from the grains that the yeast eat in order to create beer. With extract brewing, a malt extract is made by taking the liquid collected during the mashing process and dehydrating it into a syrup or powder form. This extract is then added in place of grains in the beginning stages of the brewing process to create the mash that is the base of all forms of beer. While all-grain recipes allow for more control over the ingredients, using extract offers multiple benefits to home brewers.
Even though we here at Brau Supply fall into the all-grain camp of the homebrew world, we hope that this short blog on extract brewing has been informative. If you would like to learn some benefits associated with all-grain brewing to complement the knowledge you gained in this post, be sure to check back for our upcoming blog post on all-grain brewing. Additionally, if you would like to learn more about the products that we offer and the brew systems we have available, please visit our website today.