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Old 02-11-2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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Whats the standard amount of time it takes to brew 5 gals of AG brew? using a 90 min boil. from start to finish

 
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:53 PM   #2
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It will very much depend on your equiment and your process. My burner is somewhat inefficient, so it takes about 30 min to get up to a good boil. In California I would guess you wouldn't have any cold weather issue with trying to get things boiling. Are you fly or batch sparging? I batch sparge and that seems to speed things up a bit. I can brew a 5 gallon batch on my setup in about 5 hours, which includes the cleanup. My first shot took about 6 hours, but I've been able to streamline things and learned to take advantage of any downtime. YMMV.

 
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:53 PM   #3
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I've made 11 batches of AG beer and I also use 90 minute boils. It takes approximately 5 hours from start to finish (including clean-up) to make a 5 gallon batch. Oh, and by the way, I fly-sparge ..... - GL63

 
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:53 PM   #4
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My brews usually take around 6 hours or so, but most around here seem to be quicker than me.......
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Old 02-11-2007, 05:03 PM   #5
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For me, it's usually about 6 - 7 hours.
But that includes a 90 minute sparge, kegging a batch, racking another batch, and cleaning the carboys, and taking my time.
I could cut the time down considerably, but then brewday wouldn't be so relaxing.

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Old 02-11-2007, 06:02 PM   #6
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I guess it usually takes me about 5 - 6 hours, depending on what else is going on in the house. SWMBO gets cranky if it takes too long, as she has to monitor the goings-on of the rugrat by herself when I am busy brewing. I just installed a skink in my basement, where I store all my brewgear, so that may speed things up slightly - it will certainly make life easier on me not carrying everything upstairs now.
I am still figuring out the logistics of my new "brew sink" - I installed a mixer valve some time ago, so I could get warm/hot water outside at the outdoor hose spigot (makes for easier outdoor brewgear cleaning - also good for when the dog gets sprayed by skunk, but that is another story alltogether) - now that I have the sink, I hooked up a washing machine hose to this mixer valve - on the end of the hose I put a regular hose sprayer to assist me in cleaning. Works pretty well.

 
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:56 PM   #7
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No matter what I do it takes me 8 hrs to make a ten gallon batch. If I didn't leave the cleaning til last...
I use slow fires gently pushing my temps, same with the boil.
I once toured the old Heinikin brewery and feel that thaey too used 'slow fires'
Also run the first runnings through the filter bed for about 1/2 hr


 
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:30 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, I have a 9 month old and just swithced over to AG. I havn't brewed this year! I work Sats so Sun is only day to spend w/ the fam or brew. My son usually wins that race. 8 hours is to long for me to spend brewing. Might have some brand new AG equip up for sale! No brews on it!

 
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:34 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, I have a 9 month old and just swithced over to AG. I havn't brewed this year! I work Sats so Sun is only day to spend w/ the fam or brew. My son usually wins that race. 8 hours is to long for me to spend brewing. Might have some brand new AG equip up for sale! No brews on it!
Yeah,

Or you could just keep the equipment for later, and brew extract until you've got more free time on your hands.
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:36 PM   #10
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I've managed it in 3.5 hours without it getting daft.
4.5 hours is more the norm though.
A standard seams to be up to 6 hours, others take all day.
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