Originally Posted by fstbttms
Although I will agree that canned extract is not the best of ingredients.
Well that's the point. Yes, you can make a decent beer with cans of extract. That's how most people learn. That's how I learned. But with only a little more investment in equipment
, and a little more time and effort, you can make substantially better beer by mashing your own grains.
I'm not being a snob. For people who are limited in their space available (can't imagine all-grain brewing on a boat, for example), or those who really can't spare the time or space, extract brewing is a great way to go. And if you just don't want to be bothered with learning
a bit about mashing and lautering, fine, then extract is for you.
But this is White House! They have all the time and space in the world, if they want. They could make some really world-class beer, if they felt like it. But instead they start with cans of extract.
This is the equivalent of them telling us, here's the president's special recipe for the spaghetti sauce served at the White House: start with a can of Ragu...
Like I said, PATHETIC!