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Old 09-09-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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I figured I'd add this thread because I know when brewing you want to get more and more technical. I've been brewing off and on for awhile, got into all grain, you know, so I could 'control' the process. My son came along, and with the old lady and I working, I just don't have an 8hr day to destroy the house, so the other day I just bought some DME, grabbed what hops I had in the freezer, a little honey and I had brewed a big hoppy beer AND a mead all while my son napped. Cleaned up my mess while I made him some pasta, kitchen cleaned, day over in a couple hours. +1 to keeping it simple!

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Old 09-09-2011, 11:59 PM   #2
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I agree. I do both extract and BIAB and am not even considering buying all that extra stuff to "control my process".

I couldnt be happier with BIAB - mashing is pretty fun and low work/anxiety. Mash while mowing the yard or playing with the kids. Less to clean. And the beers have been great!

 
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:11 AM   #3
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I've been having fun with partial batches, but that's as far as I want to go. It's too time consuming, more equipment I don't have room for, etc. Sometimes I need to brew and be cleaned up in two hours, sometimes I have time to play with partial mash. It's all good and so is the beer.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:32 AM   #4
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I've made some fantastic brews with extract and have been planning to someday soon try all grain. But does it really take 8 hours? What about BIAB? If it really takes that long I may reconsider.


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Old 09-10-2011, 01:50 AM   #5
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I've made some fantastic brews with extract and have been planning to someday soon try all grain. But does it really take 8 hours? What about BIAB? If it really takes that long I may reconsider.


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No. I did an AG Scottish 80 the other day in just over 4 hours from heating my strike to clean up. I batch sparge though, its my understanding that fly sparging takes longer.

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Old 09-10-2011, 01:56 AM   #6
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I probably brew for 8 hours. I have to hand crank the crusher and I am still chilling via ice bath which is a PITA. I love killing the day on a brew. To each their own. My favorite part is when you lauter and get to see what it looks like coming out of the tun. I would never go back to extract. To each their own like I say.

 
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I love killing the day on a brew. To each their own.
I love brewing myself. Problem for me is I'm also a musician and dedicate a lot of my weekend time to writing/recording etc. So I don't often have as much time available as I'd like and if it takes significantly longer it's not like I could even do it after coming home from work on weeknights. 4 hours as BBKing mentioned seems fine though. 8 is a bit much for me at the moment unfortunately.

Hell, if it were up to me I'd brew for a living - well second to having a successful music career of course


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I love brewing myself. Problem for me is I'm also a musician and dedicate a lot of my weekend time to writing/recording etc. So I don't often have as much time available as I'd like and if it takes significantly longer it's not like I could even do it after coming home from work on weeknights. 4 hours as BBKing mentioned seems fine though. 8 is a bit much for me at the moment unfortunately.

Hell, if it were up to me I'd brew for a living - well second to having a successful music career of course

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I just gave up my music career. I ran a label even for 3 years. All kinds of time for brewing now!

 
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:15 AM   #9
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I've made some fantastic brews with extract and have been planning to someday soon try all grain. But does it really take 8 hours? What about BIAB? If it really takes that long I may reconsider.
I do Partial Mash, BIAB, and it takes me about 5 hours from start to cleaned up. I'm sure there is time that could be taken out, but I have become comfortable with my process, and don't want to rush it; I'd probably start missing things.

When rushed, I'll occasionally do a steep/extract/late hop process (30 minute boil) and it can take as little as 2 hours from start to finish. .... well maybe 2.5 hours.

 
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:21 PM   #10
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If I could have gotten fresh extract and yeast when I started brewing I may have stuck with it, but that wasn't the case.. I've been brewing AG for 15 years now and can't see any reason to ever go back, with one exception. I have the stuff to brew a batch of GF beer for a friend, it will be all extract.

 
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