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Old 01-30-2013, 01:41 PM   #61
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5 - 6 hours here too, all grain 5-8 gallon 4500W electric system

45 min strike heatup in HLT and mash tun, setup
60 min mash
15 min mash out
30-40 min sparge
20 min bring to boil
60 min boil
30 min chill
30 min cleanup

I've considered stepping up to 5500W elements but that would save me roughly 15 minutes overall so I'm not rushing to do it. In an attempt to brew on a weekday night, I've also put a timer on the HLT that makes it start heating up before I get home which saves about 30 minutes and makes it possible but rushed.

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Old 01-30-2013, 01:45 PM   #62
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AG, Batch Sparge, generally doing 1.080+ OG batches so it's quite a bit of grain. In the summer time, 5 hours due to a powerful fryer. Winter time I brew inside on our gas stove and getting the water temps up takes hours so winter brewing is around 8 hours.

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:56 PM   #63
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Normally 6 hours. 6.5 to 7 hours for a 10 gallon batch
5 hours is about the best I ever get including cleanup.
Maybe I can get it down to 4.5 with my new burner.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:26 PM   #64
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I have done 60gal on 3-2 vessel rigs AG in 12 hours. That is with me and a couple of brew buddy's.
I have done 10gal in 3 1/2 hours by myself

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #65
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Depends on how I define brew day. If it's equipment haul out, through the brew process to cleanup and full equipment stow away, its always at least 6 hours. But I have a happy wife and a clean kitchen. If I have brewed recently (equipment and supplies not put away) and/or will brew again soon (equipment cleaned up but not stowed away), maybe 4 hours.
If I brew alone, and start at 7:00 AM I can easily be done by noon (implies less homebrew consumed during the process). Happy wife if I take her out to lunch. If my son comes over to help, and we listen to the (baseball, football, basketball) game while brewing and tasting past batches it can easily run to 6 hours. But I enjoy having him over, so what's the hurry.
If I'm brewing when the windchill is -25*F (yes, I have done that) it takes a lot longer to heat the kettle to boiling than it does when the heat index is 103*F (yes, I have done that also). But then again I can chill a batch a whole lot faster in the winter than I can in the summer.
Like I tell my golfing friends: Brew day takes just as long as playing 18 holes of golf. At the end of the day they have a piece of paper with (often large) numbers on it; I have 5 gallons of beer!

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:46 PM   #66
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mine are usually around 5 hours however my last few were cut by about 40 mins by using a bucket heater to get my strike water ready while i sleep. i just set the timer to turn it on and when i start at 8 am my water is ready. the best part is it cut the cost down too by using less propane. ( theres a link in the forums for this )

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Stovetop, 5-gal AG, 60-90 min mash, 90 min boil, immersion chiller with stirring & whirlpool: 5-6 hrs. Most important piece of equipment for time savings is a bucket heater/heat stick to supplement the wimpy stove-eyes.

It's surprising how little time for sitting and sipping there is when there's always sparge water heating, hop and other additions, sanitization and other clean-as-you-go chores to do.

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I'm at 6 hours doing 10 gallon ag start to finish

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:21 AM   #69
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5 to 5 1/2 hours depending.

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