I probably haven't had an extract beer in at least 15 years. I'm teaching a friend to brew and did a paired batch with my batch on the Anvil, all-grain, and the batch for the friend with DME/steeping specialty grain on my old propane burner/keggle setup. The friend had been watching me brew AG for several sessions but I thought demonstrating a different technique would be interesting, and they could have their own batch of beer to bottle and keep.The beer is a SNPA clone (using the recipe from SN's website). My batch came out very much like SNPA, maybe better in actuality. The extract beer is perfectly drinkable, but I was amazed by how prominent the, well, extract flavor and aroma is. Definitely darker, sweeter, maltier, less clean tasting despite using pilsner DME, though this beer did have more boil off, so ended up more concentrated and closer to 6% than 5%. It's not bad, but the AG beer is definitely better/cleaner, and they almost don't taste like the same beer. The extract flavor overwhelms the Cascade hops while they come through bright and clear with the AG beer.
Probably not surprising to any of you, but I just haven't had extract for a long time. Maybe 2005 was the last time I brewed with extract as a primary fermentable. Hopefully comparing the flavors will push the friend towards AG. I think next time we will do the friend's batch as a 3 gallon stove top BIAB AG to show another possibility for AG without dropping $$$ on initial investment.
I do always keep a pound or two of light DME for missed OGs or occasionally for stronger beers (though I don't brew those often anymore).
Edited by porter, 24 July 2021 - 07:49 PM.