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Old 06-20-2007, 03:19 PM   #11
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I am probably down to the 4-5 hour range and I do partial-mash style. I remember the first brew session was like over 7 hours. I thought what a daunting hobby if its going to be like going to work! But...work I ENJOY! Anyway, after multiple batches I learned where to save time. Multi-tasking is key and clean as you go helps. I get all equipment and ingredients ready to go for the next day.

I would save even more time if I got a wort chiller. Oh well, bday is coming and maybe wifey will get me one!



 
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:27 PM   #12
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Extract brew from sanitizing to clean up it takes me about 2.5-3 hrs. I typically start right after work on Wednesdays. Cleaning everything and getting it set out. Getting by grain bags and hops ready to go during the steep. Boils on the stove are pretty much controlled so it allows me to sit back and have a home brew and shot the breeze with the neighbors through the back door. Once it is done and stored clean up is a ease. Just make sure you don't store anything in your sealed containers while it is wet. I did it once on accident and ended up with mold and had to trash the whole kit ( funnel, tubes, screens, caps, that is all that was in the locker).


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Old 06-20-2007, 08:10 PM   #13
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let's see, probably 30 minutes prep time, just figuring out ingredients and laying them out and making a checklist and all that junk. then there's 30 minutes for steeping grains, X amount of time for bringing to boil, adding extracts and water, bringing to boil again. 60 minute boil, 30 minutes to cool, at least 20 min aerate, and 30 minutes to clean up. i do my sanitation during my boil.

30 - prep
30 - grains
60 - boil
30 - clean up
30 - aerate
30 - misc

so, yeah, 3.5 hours...up to four or more if i waste time to prep or am lazy cleaning up. and no, HB99, this does not include the time it takes to make a starter two days beforehand
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:33 PM   #14
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Sober and brewing on my own: 3-4 hours max

Drinking and brewing with friends: 4-6 hours easy

I brew to forget about my stressful daily life, so I'm never really in much of a rush.
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:23 PM   #15
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When extract brewing 3-4 hours from start to finish depending if I am drinking. 7-8 hours when brewing AG and wait to start drinking till half way through my boil to avoid being completely hammered come time for clean up
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:37 PM   #16
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Brewing an extract batch takes about 3 hours with prep and clean-up. I am fairly efficient in the kitchen.
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:58 PM   #17
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About 3.5 hrs for an extract. I haven't made it to AG yet, but I don't figure it will be much more time as long as I multitask. If I minded the time I wouldn't do it.

 
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:16 PM   #18
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My AG session is done in four hours never more (Except once stucksparge). You dont really need a IC for extract. I did one last weekend and the water in the sink w/o ice took about 15 -20 mins, same as cooling five gallons of boiling wort with an IC.
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:49 PM   #19
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I think my cooling in the sink took longer than 20 min and I have pretty cold tap water. I probably need to move the wort around a bit.

I will tell you one thing I am now a believer in starters. pitched at 9 last night and checked it at 7:30 this morning and it was bubbling pretty good. much better than my first batch which took over a day to start.

 
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:17 AM   #20
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I brewed this morning (played hookie again with my broken toes)...from grinding grains, flame on, steeping 20 mins, 45 min boil, late addition extract, to clean up and equipment washing/storage: 2 hrs 22 mins.


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