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Old 11-30-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

First of all there is nothing wrong with my wife. She is really supportive, I only want to keep her like that.

I usually start AG brewing in the late afternoon/evening. So I often finish way after midnight. I have to admit that despite all my efforts cleaning everything up perfectly at 2am is something that I'm not very good at.

Could you please recommend some practices that makes it easier?

Thanks!

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #2
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Yeah. Brew outside.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #3
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Do you have garage? I brew in my garage....put my burner just outside garage but do everthing else inside...like mash, etc...

But...you dont need a garage to do it outside...do it on back patio, back lawn, etc....

If I brewed in my kitchen starting in late afternoon and finished up around midnight it would be a mess as well......not sure I can help you there!

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Start brewing earlier.

During the boil you should be able to get almost everything you've used cleaned and everything you are going to use sanitized and ready for use. During a 4-5 hour brew day I will go from milling grains through pitching the yeast on the brew and still have time to have everything cleaned and sanitized plus sanitizing bottling equipment, bottling a batch of beer and cleaning the bottling equipment. I don't think I'm particularly fast at any of the tasks but I know how my process and when things are done. If you're doing a lot of boil additions or a complex mash that's going to slow you down but I'd still think you could knock out a brew day in 4-5 hours and have everything clean by the end.

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Do you have garage? I brew in my garage....put my burner just outside garage but do everthing else inside...like mash, etc...

But...you dont need a garage to do it outside...do it on back patio, back lawn, etc....

If I brewed in my kitchen starting in late afternoon and finished up around midnight it would be a mess as well......not sure I can help you there!
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AG inside is insane.

to your question though, time the brewing with some outing she does every 2 weeks.....for 8 hours........maybe.

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:44 PM   #7
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Definitely clean as you go. I brew while watching TV and drinking beer. Most of the time you spend waiting. Get ‘er done.

Brewing inside is insane? Oh well I guess I’m crazy. I enjoy the air conditioner in the six months of summer and the heat in the two months of winter. I don’t feel the need to spend thousands of dollars on stuff that won’t improve my beer.

You propane guys are doing it the hard way. I mash in the oven, boil on the range, lauter in a bottling bucket, cool in the bathtub and the refrigerator. I can’t possibly fit all that stuff on the patio.

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Definitely clean as you go. I brew while watching TV and drinking beer. Most of the time you spend waiting. Get ‘er done.

Brewing inside is insane? Oh well I guess I’m crazy. I enjoy the air conditioner in the six months of summer and the heat in the two months of winter. I don’t feel the need to spend thousands of dollars on stuff that won’t improve my beer.

You propane guys are doing it the hard way. I mash in the oven, boil on the range, lauter in a bottling bucket, cool in the bathtub and the refrigerator. I can’t possibly fit all that stuff on the patio.
As much as I love that philosophy and set up, I have to be outside in the fresh air, hot or cold.

Like many others, I learned efficiency in cleaning during down times. At the end of the day, I'm cleaning the kettle, some smaller equipment (hydrometer, spoons, tubing, etc...) and putting things away.
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I made a royal mess my first few AG batches... but as you go, you'll get the feel of it and will get more organized and efficient. +1 on cleaning as you go. The hardest mess is when wort hits a hot stovetop and solidifies so I'll lay some foil down before I start.

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For me I always try to come up with a "payoff" in return - cause my wife doesn't really like beer and she ends up entertaining our two small kids on a weekend day when I should be "family guy." So encouraging her to go the mall the following weekend on her own, or a movie with her friends, or some other bs to keep the world in balance.

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