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Old 02-12-2008, 11:50 PM   #1
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Made my third batch today and it took about 4.5 hours. started around 3 with some cleaning and sanitizing and water filtering. Finished around 7:30 with pitching. Havent done any cleanup that will add 30 min I'm sure. The question is how long does it take you guys brew time to run through an extract kit? I feel like its taking me to long and I'm just missing what I need to do to cut the time down.

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Old 02-13-2008, 12:32 AM   #2
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Depends on how drunk we get. We were doing extract batches on a weeknight, so we were more careful with it. 3 to 4 hours sounds about right. There's three of us though.

Keep everything clean and ready to go, or ready to sanitize. That helps.

Propane burner helps by boiling faster.

We keep a big rope handled keg tub full of sanitizer from the beginning of the session to the end. Makes sanitizing quick and easy. Remove the rope handles so they don't pop out on you while lifting it.

I'm sure others will chime in with more tips.

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Old 02-13-2008, 12:38 AM   #3
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Wort Chiller cuts down the time a lot. Instead of waiting an hour to cool I can, in the winter with really cold water, cool the wort in 10 minutes.

Depends on the kit as well. I can do an extract kit with a full 60 minute boil in about 2.5-3 hours if I am on top of things. Otherwise If I am goofing around it can take up to 4.

I have all my brew stuff organized in a big rubbermaid tote. I put it on a card table in the kitchen and go to town. I get the boil going and then start sanitizing things, since I have to watch it anyways. Then I fill the primary bucket, chill wort, hydrate yeast, rack wort. aerate wort, pitch and clean up.

I also, like to try and line up a boil with a rack to secondary or to keg, If I have to make sanitizing solution I might as well use it for as much as possible.

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Old 02-13-2008, 12:43 AM   #4
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Yeah, i average about 3 hours for an extract brew. Thats with an electric stove top boil that seems to take forever...

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So I'm not terribly far off then a couple more runs and I'll be down about as low as I can expect it sounds like. I dont have a wort chiller but I got the wort down to 85* in about 29 minutes today gotten faster each of the 3 times. I have a killer propane burner I can get to a full boil on 3 gal in about 15 min. Sounds like its just practice now.

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I end up taking like 4-5 hours because I'm very careful not to make mistakes. I don't mind, I usually make dinner before hand, have some beers, and watch TV during that time, so its nice.

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Isn't the time spent making the brew the most fun? ok well maybe 2nd only to drinking your home brew...enjoy it!! take your time

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I did an extract/steep batch today. I started at 1 pm, and pitched at 4 pm. That's on a crappy electric stove, and no wort chiller. I think I have the process pretty much down.

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Old 02-13-2008, 01:39 PM   #9
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Default It's all about organization!

I generally can do an extract kit in just under three hours, soup to nuts. The key, in my opinion is organization -- have your equipment ready to go and once the boil starts, multitask. For example, I don't have a wort chiller (I just put the kettle in an ice bath), so while the wort is chilling, I use the time to clean up. If you think about it, you're wasting a lot of time waiting for the 60-min boil to finish, and that's the perfect time to sanitize, clean up previous steps, etc.

Of course, I echo the other guys -- if I have friends over or if I'm drinking a lot, it slows the process down considerably.

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Yeah if you don't have a wort chiller I would highly recommend one. I can cool 3 gallons of wort in 10 minutes.

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