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Old 09-21-2014, 04:10 AM   #71
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I also run races on the weekend. I'm trying to set a record for brewing 5 gallons of beer in the least amount of time.

Seriously, you can enjoy a hobby and still want to shave time. Why don't you start a fire with two sticks to boil your wort? Don't you enjoy the process?

Chisel a giant mill stone for grinding grain, and buy some horses.

Till your yard under, and grow barley and hops.

Too much? Then, why bother?
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:52 PM   #72
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Because for some of us it is no longer about the art, edification, or theraputic aspects of brewing. For many of us we have our systems nailed, and just have need to produce in order to keep ourselves in "our" beer.
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I think most of us are very busy.

20 minutes here, 20 minutes there, it all adds up.

I won't eat packaged food, even though it might save me 20 minutes. I think good food takes as long as it takes, but I won't simmer something for an hour if 15 minutes will do.

The same is true of brewing. I want great beer, but if I can do it in four hours instead of 6, then I"ll do that.
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These and the like are why.

There are folks who stopwatch all the fun out of it, but mostly, people are looking to brew the best way they can with their time.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:58 PM   #73
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You know, there are a lot of things there isn't time for that could possibly be amazing one day when there is time, and what if you have a decent head start so you get right into the thick of it when that day comes?

Or perhaps by pushing for the things that are important to you, you shape your life around them and therefore stop being such a tool?

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For the important things in life, time isn't "had", it's "made". If your priority is saving time cooking dinner to spend more time homebrewing, then so be it. If saving time homebrewing means spending more time with your family, then so be it, and so forth. We all have 24 hours in a day. No more, no less. I don't have more time than you, nor you more than me. It's all about prioritizing the time we have according to our personal needs, desires and external demands.

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Just like there's a huge difference between saying, "I homebrew to save money" and "I save money by homebrewing," there's an equally large difference between saying, "I save time by using extract" and "I use extract to save time."

In one case, it's your sole purpose. In the other, it's a byproduct. If the byproduct of brewing extract is that you get to do something you otherwise would not be able to do, that's great. If your only reason for brewing extract is get through the process faster, you might be better off buying your beer.


Some of us love to brew. Others like to say they brew.

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Old 09-23-2014, 07:06 PM   #76
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I reckon it depends what you do with your newly "earned" free time, doesn't it?

IF, by shortening your brew day, you free up one hour to only waste it rotting away in front of the television, I suggest you're no further ahead.

On the other hand, IF you invest the extra time with family or friends, or if you invest the extra time learning a new skill (or honing an existing one), then it has been a worthwhile endeavour.

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