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Old 01-27-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default How long does your brew day take?

I just did my second all grain and it was right at 5 hours start to finish. I did it stove top style al a deathbrewer. What is the average?


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Old 01-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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Just wrapped up my AG brew day. Washed up the last bits and pieces at the 5 hour mark. 3.5 gallon brew outside on a turkey fryer.


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Old 01-27-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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Probably about 5 hours from the time I start heating up the strike water to soaking stuff in my keggle full of oxyclean. I don't really hurry through anything either and prep stuff the day before.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:12 PM   #4
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AG brew day is about 5 -6 hours for me. Just finished an IPA.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:25 PM   #5
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My record is 3.5 hours - 5 gallon, all grain with batch sparge. Tankless water heater really cuts down on my heating time. I also started sparging with 120F water to save some time.
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6 hours from, crush to clean up.
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6 hour day for me. That includes prep work. If I prep the night before (condition/mill/weighout grains etc) I count the time in my brewday. I can't brew without that stuff no matter when I do it. If I do a longer mash or am general just taking it easy and not trying to clean everything while the wort cools it can take longer..but it's a hobby for me. I never got the whole idea of rushing through a brewday, but then again, I don't get into the "how cheap can I make a beer" concept either...everyone's got their preferences. I prefer to not obsess about saving a few pennies or minutes in favor of just enjoying my brewday and drinking a few homebrews. YMMV.
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5, occasionally 6 hours is about normal for my solo AG brews.

I did a 10 gallon extract batch teaching some friends to brew yesterday and it really expedited things. More hands to put to work on the variable time tasks like cleanup and weighing out ingredients.
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I'm still shiny at this, so this weekend my brew day turned into brew two days.

not my first AG batch, but it was my first with my converted cooler MLT. had used a Zapap before.
also my first barley wine with a Irish red parti-gyle (first)

started heating strike water at 1:30pm, 2 hour boil for the BW + took an hour to chill in the sink because my garden hose was frozen solid, so couldn't use me chiller. cleanup while I was waiting for that and ended up pitching at 10:30pm.

saved the IRA for today. that went a little better, but hose was still froze. started heating boil at 2:30pm and pitched at 5:30pm
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Your right on target with a five hour brew day. Most of mine are between 5-6hrs


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