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What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby BigYin » Mon Nov 13, 2017 21:30

My step father is a keen extract brewer - as far as I know he uses the extract as the base and then adds the adjunct grains in a bag to the mash.

I've been advised to stop buying him whisky for christmas because he apparently has far too much (lucky man!) so I thought I'd buy him a decent stock of whatever he uses for brewing - but - as I'd like it to be a bit of a nice surprise, I wasn't going to suddenly start asking him what he uses... So, I thought I'd ask here instead for some guidance :whistle:

I think he aims at roughly 20 litre final volume batches and tend to brew ales and stouts..

I had a look at the Malt Miller - powdered extract, or liquid??

Honestly, I leapt from kits straight to All Grain - I'm bloody lost :lol:
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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby abeyptfc » Mon Nov 13, 2017 22:59

hows it going BigYin? you could get him some dried malt extract, the homebrew company probably do the cheapest, £14 for 3 kilos is decent, 3 kilos will do a 20L brew if I remember correctly. Maybe get some speciality malts and yeasts etc. http://www.thehomebrewcompany.co.uk/ing ... -3_36.html
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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby Dennis King » Mon Nov 13, 2017 23:09

I'm sure I've read one or more supplier sells extract clone kits.
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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby FUBAR » Tue Nov 14, 2017 00:58

What about this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Briess-Premium-Liquid-Malt-Extract-For-Home-Brew-Beer-Lager-Ale-Making-CHOICE/351075783017?epid=1776266096&hash=item51bdbf5169:m:mRK-Uwu-g might be crap but I doubt that he has used it before so there is the novelty factor that suits an Xmas present.

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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby robwalker » Tue Nov 14, 2017 16:46

Personalized bar runner or etched glass maybe? Always make nice gifts and won't break the bank.
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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby jkp » Tue Nov 14, 2017 19:08

"Brewing Classic Styles" by Jamil has great recipes for both extract and all grain.

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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby BigYin » Wed Nov 15, 2017 19:07

Thanks all :cheers:

I didn't realise how expensive extract brewing is compared to all grain! You seem to be looking at 3 to 4 times the cost for any given volume :o

Maybe I should try and talk him over to the dark side..... bwa ha ha!

Probably pointless - he's never shown any interest so far.
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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby Rolfster » Wed Nov 15, 2017 22:11

BigYin wrote:Thanks all :cheers:

I didn't realise how expensive extract brewing is compared to all grain! You seem to be looking at 3 to 4 times the cost for any given volume :o

Maybe I should try and talk him over to the dark side..... bwa ha ha!

Probably pointless - he's never shown any interest so far.


I was going to say a mash tun..... but stopped my self!
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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby Borischarlton » Fri Nov 17, 2017 14:25

Just buy hime a grain bag, job done.

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Re: What would you buy an Extract brewer for Christmas?

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:18

If he’s quite happy brewing extract, get him a gift voucher and he can get what he needs.

Otherwise novelty socks/jumpers, chocolate and beer all work well as presents.

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