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Old 08-18-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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Default How long should it take to brew 5 gallons?

I am relatively new to home brewing and feel like it takes a lot more time than I think it should. It takes me about 5 hours from start to finish to brew a 5 gallon all grain batch. Of course, I have a tiny apartment and an even smaller kitchen, which (along with my bathtub to clean my 8 gallon brew pot) is where all my brewing takes place. Does this amount of time sound about right or am I missing something here?

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Old 08-18-2010, 02:45 AM   #2
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5 hours from start to clean up doesn't sound bad to me at all. If you are doing AG and mash for an hour, vorlauf then do two batch sparges, that should put you at an 1-1/2 min. Then you boil for at least an hour, plus getting it to boil, another 1-1/2 hours. Cool dow,n pitch yeast and clean up...I'd say 5 hours is pretty good.

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Old 08-18-2010, 02:51 AM   #3
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Actually now that I am thinking about it more, it's not 5 hours: it's more like 6 and change.

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Old 08-18-2010, 02:55 AM   #4
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6 sounds better. I've been sitting here trying to figure out how cut and hour or so out of my brewday! haha I started at 11:00 on Sunday and was completely through with clean up at 4:30. Quickest brew I've ever had.

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Here's how long my brew day takes:

- One homebrew to measure out grains while my strike water is heating.
- Two homebrews for the mash.
- Two homebrews for sparge.
- One homebrew waiting for the boil and hot break.
- Two (or three) homebrews during the boil.
- One homebrew while chilling.
- Two or six or nine homebrews cleaning up. Depending on how drunk I am from the previous steps.

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Old 08-18-2010, 03:33 AM   #6
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a 5g brew (very rare) takes me about 4-4.5. a 12 gallon brew ( my normal ) takes 5.5 hours

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Old 08-18-2010, 04:23 AM   #7
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I've had brewdays as quick as 4 1/2 hours, if I'm efficient with my time and stay focused. But usually it takes me about 6 hours, from the minute I take out my first piece of equipment to the minute I put the last one away. For me, my brewdays are about being relaxed and enjoying the brewing process. I like to start early and chill with a cup of jo while I do the Mash. I don't like to be in a hurry, but there are times when I just want to get the brewday knocked out. Usually so I can chill for a bit then go play a round of Golf.

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5 hours is about right. I'm brewing in the same setup in an apartment doing dishes in the bath tub. LOL I am also a fan of getting up early start heating the strike water, make some coffee, and brew on. Usually get up by 6am and have everything cleaned up and lunch made and eaten by noon - yeah that's 6 hours but really, I'm getting up at 6. I might get the strike water started by 6:30.

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If I do an all grain its at least 6 hours from start to clean up. I am using my gas range so I lose some time in heating over a higher btu burner, bet even with that I would only maybe gain 30 minutes. Plus I hate feeling rushed with something I want to enjoy so I'm not really in a big hurry anyway.

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Old 08-18-2010, 06:08 AM   #10
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That's some good advice. I always feel like I'm in a rush, particularly when I start brewing aftern work and next thing I know it's like 10pm and I'm still on the last few minutes of my boil.

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