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Old 03-08-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain Brewers: How long does your typical brew day take?

Hey everyone. After encountering my first stuck mash and having my brew day last nearly 9 hours, Im curious, from mashing in to pitching your yeast, how long does your typical brew day process last?

On a typical day, after setting up my equipment, milling my grains, filtering my water, mashing, lautering, vorlauf, boiling, cooling and pitching, Im right around 6 hours. Is this long, short, or average? I do step mashes and my efficiency sits around 78-80 and I am always spot on with hitting all my calculated gravity numbers.

Im curious to hear from other all grain brewers with similar three vessel type systems how long their brew days last. Any tricks that you use to shorten the length of the brewday and make it easier? CHeers


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Old 03-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Well depending how much I drink and how good a job I do cleaning 4 to 4 1/2 hours. I have just gone with the no batch sparge method now though and that cuts some time off


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Old 03-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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From the very start of getting all my gear set up to having the carboy in the ferm chamber and pitched it usually takes me about 8 hours. it used to be longer until I got better about taking care of everything I can during the mash and between hop additions. I like it though. If I've got good music, good beer, good food and good friends it makes for an awesome day.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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I take my time and enjoy farting around in the garage. Usually start dragging stuff out around 8:30AM and wrap up around 1ish. 4-5 hours sounds about right.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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From pulling the first piece of equipment out to putting the last of it away after the yeast has been pitched, it takes about 7 hours.
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I BIAB all grain brew and from beginning to bring my equipment up from my basement until everything is cleaned and put back, the wort cooled and the yeast pitched tends to run 3 1/2 hour to maybe 3 3/4 hours. I don't have a wort chiller so my wort chills in a water bath in a tub. I usually have snow to put in the tub to keep the water cold. I also grind my grain by hand with my Corona style mill.
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I mill my grain at the shop when I buy it, so that saves some time. My water comes out the tap at close to 160 so heating strike and sparge water doesn't take too long. I mash for an hour, fly sparge for an hour, boil for an hour (on average.) I measure out hop additions during the sparge and clean out my mash tun during the boil. From start to finish my brew days usually run five hours.
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It makes a differance how much your brewing, and what kind of brew rig your using and what extra steps are you doing. Like mashing out, or whirlpooling hops at flame out. But for me taking my time start to clean up about 6hrs for 10gal run. 8hrs for 20gal run
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Question: Why does a larger batch take longer? Aren't all the steps the same no matter the number of gallons? I only do five-gallon batches so I'm curious.
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Question: Why does a larger batch take longer? Aren't all the steps the same no matter the number of gallons? I only do five-gallon batches so I'm curious.
I would imagine heating/cooling that larger volume is a good part of it.


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