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Old 06-05-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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I have seen at my LHBS short cuts that detrimentally brews beer...I got over it, they are selling kits and are showing new people how to brew in one hour.
This is not at all what I am trying to do here. I found a couple of shortcuts that helped me, and thought that maybe I can speed up the process of brewing by starting this thread. If there is already a thread started, I apologize and would be thankful to be directed to it.


While comming out of the Mash Tun, I started a fire under pot, kept it close to boiling. When I got it all in pot I was already boiling, must have saved close to an hour in my brewing that night.

Stuck Sparge? I have a small copper tube that fits my valve end (loosely) that I can force air to unstick the sparge and away I go again, works like a charm.


These are the only two I can think of at this point. Care to share? And happy brewing.

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Old 06-05-2010, 09:40 PM   #2
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For indoor brewers, having an electric tea kettle has been crazy helpful. I'll even speed up heating sparge water by pulling out 2 l at a time and boiling it in 2 minutes then add back to the main kettle


Useful for five gal batches, bigger would be a pain though.

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Old 06-05-2010, 10:50 PM   #3
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I just got another one....after drinking water out of water bottles, refill and freeze them to use in ice bath is what I try to remember to do. Saves time on cooling wort. Any type of ice would be good at that as long as you have plenty of it. If I don't freeze the bottles, I only have one ice bin worth of ice to work with.

I have been known to pour in a few sealed bottles of refrigerated water into wort to top off to five gallons and help cool wort at the same time.

Then of course plan your brew day. At least twenty four hours before do the yeast starter, I usually grind my grain that day as well.

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Brew with extract . Seriously, though, I just multitask as best I can and try to time everything so that it will be ready when I need it. When I'm waiting for something to get to the correct temperature I'm doing something else.

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I do the water bottle thing as well. Plus, I save the cold packs that get shipped with the yeast. Just be sure to leave the cap loose the 1st time you freeze the water in the bottle. Then, when you take it out, tighten the cap. From there on out, you are good to go.

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Staying sober is really the only thing that usually makes for a quick brew day.

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Staying sober is really the only thing that usually makes for a quick brew day.
Boooo! Hisssssss! Booooo! Hisssss!

Sober while brewing, that is not right.

I have no shortcuts, it takes me 4 to 5 hours no matter what.
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Staying sober is really the only thing that usually makes for a quick brew day.
Too funny, but it aint gonna happen. I might be sipping, or guzzling, never abstaining. I'm still buzzed half way through my shift at work!
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Boooo! Hisssssss! Booooo! Hisssss!

Sober while brewing, that is not right.

I have no shortcuts, it takes me 4 to 5 hours no matter what.
I've actually only brewed sober ONCE, it was the quickest and easiest brew day ever. That was three years ago, I'm usually hammered by the time I'm done heating strike water. I will never learn my lesson.
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I stayed sober today. I started at 8 am, though.

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