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Old 09-28-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Ok, so who has the quickest brew day under their belts.
I've done four ag batches now I I can't get it under four hours. From go to woe including cooling and then pitching but not final clean up ( washing boil pot, IC and thermometers etc) I can't get it below four hours. Obviously the mash and boil take two hours, but my biggest time consumer outside these is trying to get my wort up to boiling after the mash.
Was just wondering if anyone has gotten below this time and with what methods.
I have an outdoor 15000btu burner and aluminum 26lt pot, cooler mash, (lose 2-3 deg cel over an hour)

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:27 AM   #2
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I'm sure I could brew a crappy beer in two hours.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:30 AM   #3
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Berliner Wiesse is really quick. Very little grain (1.030 OG - less milling), only a 15 minute boil (if at all), and pitch lacto into warm wort (less chilling).
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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Yeah but I mean a full all grain batch with one hour mash and one hour boil. I can make a kit and kilo in 15 mins, but that's not the point.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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I've never gotten below 4.5 hrs. unless you count EdWort's Apfelwein, which took all of about 10 minutes.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:34 AM   #6
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Passedpawn, that's a good one to know

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:35 AM   #7
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i can't imagine getting anywhere under 4. here's one tip. say you're planning to brew right after you get home from work, or first thing in the morning. measure out and fill your HLT with initial strike water the night before and put a lid on it. that way once you wake up or get home from work, just light the burner and start prepping other

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:40 AM   #8
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Bmbigda, that's what I'm trying to do, brew when getting home from work. but I use hot tap water to speed things up at the beginning. But thanks for the tip to get the burner set and ready to go will def do.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:42 AM   #9
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3.5hrs - APA with hopburst (additions at 20m, 10m, 5m, 0m, dh) only needs a 20min boil. If you add your first hops before the end of the sparge (assuming you've got a good boil at that point) it cuts even more time off.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:47 AM   #10
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yea lately i've only had the room in my gooogle calendar to sneak in the after work brew. so like you i look for any small time improvement.

another dumb little thing i do, is empty the sparge runnings into the brewpot while the brewpot in on the burner, to get the boil started. i'm sure everyone reading this is saying "no $hit"

then i'm just super anal about cleaning and putting things away during the masg/boil/cooling. I usually fill the brewpot with oxyclean and clean the next day.

 
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