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Are there any advantages to all grain brewing?

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Whether to go with all grain brewing as opposed to using extract is a debate that has been raging in the brewing community for quite some time.  It used to be the case that all grain brews were considered 'fresher' and retained certain subtle flavors, but the disadvantage was that all grain brews took much longer than an equivalent extract brew.  However, the general consensus these days is that the choice is largely due to preference.  There are fantastic, well-regarded extract brews too.

You should go with what you are comfortable with, though if you are a small brewer short on time, you might want to consider extract brews since the time required to brew is much shorter.  The issue of 'freshness' when dealing with extract brewing is mostly a matter of finding a good supplier.  A good supplier should have a variety of custom extracts, and the extracts should be fresh and flavorful.  Finding a quality supplier is key for extract brewing.  
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