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Old 06-14-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
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How long does it take you to brew your average all-grain batch?


Amongst other factors this is something I'm considering before making the leap to all-grain.

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Old 06-14-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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From the time i start heating the strike water to the time i get that last item cleaned and ready to put away it takes me about 5 1/2 hours to make 10 gallons.

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Old 06-14-2007, 06:20 PM   #3
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it usually takes me about 5 hours....took a little bit longer for the first one or two batches though

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Yesterday I started around 7:45 AM and finished up around 1:00 PM. Some of that time is just sitting around (during the 75 minute mash, the 60 minute boil, etc) and I could have done some cleaning up then. But I just surfed the internet when I wasn't actually doing something.

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Old 06-14-2007, 06:35 PM   #5
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Okay that's exactly what I figured. 5 to 5.5 hours. Thanks so much for your prompt responses.

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It usually takes me about 7 hours. This is mostly because I'm an apartment dweller I think though because it takes me a while to get everything setup and later packed away.

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4 hours here. 60 minute mash, 75 minute boil. Clean as I go, crush the grain the night before.

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Here's how I look at it:

An All Grain batch takes 8 hours.


minus 30 minutes if you have a good wort chiller (counterflow, for example)

minus 30-45 minutes for a single infusion mash (no additional heating and resting steps)

minus 30 minutes if I can clean up outside with a hose

minus 30 minutes if my carboy and other equipment is already sanitized, or if I can do it during the boil (such as maybe if I have a helper or have sanitized everything ahead of time)

Minus 40 minutes if you have a really good burner (speeds up the time-to-boil, strike/sparge water heats faster, etc).

Minus 10 minutes if you have a brew sculpture or dedicated setup that allows you not to have to move stuff around a lot.

Plus 10 minutes if you grind your own grain

Plus 5-10 minutes if you have to measure out your own ingredients

Plus 15 minutes if all of your brewing supplies aren't all kept in the same location near where you use them.

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4 hours here. 60 minute mash, 75 minute boil. Clean as I go, crush the grain the night before.
You must have some nice equipment then.

That wouldn't even be possible without a mega-BTU burner, a large enough pot to not worry about boilovers and a great chiller.
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I only have one AG under my belt, so take this with a grain of salt, but I started at about 5:45pm and went to bed at 1am with my kettle, utensils, hoses, and siphon still dirty.

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