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Old 05-15-2009, 12:42 AM   #21
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I do all grain in about 4 to 4.5 hrs

 
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:57 AM   #22
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One thing that does help me is to type up a brew day sheet that includes the following:

-Grain type and amounts
-Hop additons
-Calculations for water volumes and temps
-Miscellaneous additions such as Whilfloc tablet
-Estimated efficiency and OG

The stuff that takes me the longest is figuring out the volumes needed so I don't under/over shoot.

 
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:40 PM   #23
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One thing that does help me is to type up a brew day sheet that includes the following:

-Grain type and amounts
-Hop additons
-Calculations for water volumes and temps
-Miscellaneous additions such as Whilfloc tablet
-Estimated efficiency and OG

The stuff that takes me the longest is figuring out the volumes needed so I don't under/over shoot.
A worksheet is virtually a requirement if you are drinking while brewing. It sucks to forget say, HOPS.


 
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:43 PM   #24
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Time savers:

Have hops wieghed out and ready to go

Clean fermenter, kettle, tubing ...etc before hand

Even measure your strike water and have that in the kettle so when you wake up all you have to do is start the fire.

You will find once you get your mash temp right that you will have some time to kill. This when I usually do the above things, but this being your first go I would just have everything ready in case something else comes up that needs your attention
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:36 PM   #25
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My typical brew days are between 6 and 7 hours. If I prepare everything the night before (water, hops, grain crushed) I might get down to 5.5 but my typical boil is 90 minutes so it's tough to get much under 6 hours.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:53 PM   #26
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The first AG will take 6 - 8 hours, but once you go through the motions a few times 4 - 5 hours is do-able. I brew after work, I'm home by 5:30 and in bed at about 10 with the brew in the fermenter and the yeast pitched.

 
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:28 AM   #27
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When I do just one batch it takes me 6-7 hours prep to clean up and I have a pretty slow stove (I brew inside with my pot spanning two burners).

Today I decided it might save time to just make two batches at once and it only took 8 hours...

 
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:14 PM   #28
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Well, I'm back from my trip and brewing my Harpoon IPA clone AG as we speak, and I realize now why it takes so long. For one thing, collecting my first runoff is going on close to 50 minutes. It got stuck at first so I had to stir like mad, and then it started coming out slowly but steadily (very slowly). After 50 minutes or so, I've collected about 10q of 1.07 wort.

Edit: Update: Sparge water is coming out much quicker than first runnings. I'm glad to know it shouldn't take as long as my first runnings did. Not sure what happened.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:15 PM   #29
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Yesterday it took me 5 hours start to finish cleanup. I could shave some time off that if I had a better burner, it seems to take forever to heat water to boiling.

 
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:52 PM   #30
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I remember well my first AG batch. It took me 11 hours or so. But I was just learning then. Saturday was a 10gal. AG batch and it took me right at 5.5 hours from prep to clean-up. If I have everything ready to go so that I just get up and start the burner I could do it in probably 4.5 to 5.
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