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Old 04-22-2013, 04:58 PM   #11
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  • Pre-wash/sanitize the carboy(s) the day before (cover with cling wrap & rubber band)
  • Weigh & mill grains, and weigh hops the day before
  • Set-up the equipment the day before, along with the mash water into the kettle (keep covered)
  • Start heating the wort when you have about 1/3 of the volume in the kettle (if your equipment permits)

I'm at 5.5 hours for a 10.5 gallon batch, or 8 hours for 2x 10.5-gallon batches.

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Old 04-22-2013, 05:05 PM   #12
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...brew the day before. Now it takes no time at all!


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Old 04-22-2013, 06:07 PM   #13
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I think batch sparging vs fly is a huge time saver and could shave an hour off the brew day.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:42 AM   #14
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See, my problem is my brew day is MY day. I don't necessarily want to speed it up. Know what I mean?
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:52 AM   #15
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What has helped speed up your process on brew day?
hate to say it and sound like i'm ignoring your question, but if you want to speed up your brew day and get it over with, you're in the wrong hobby. it's supposed to be relaxing and carefree. not a race. i do a 5g all-grain in 3 1/2 hours, and 10 in 4 1/2, and i love the whole process
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:56 AM   #16
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While more than half way through fly sparging, turn the heat on low under the brew kettle. If you time it right your kettle will come to a boil as the last of the sparge is done.

That saves me time and maybe a little gas.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:33 AM   #17
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I use a cheap turkey fryer for a full boil. The burner isn't all that great and it takes quite a while to get several gallons of wort to a boil. I fixed this by adding a homemade heat stick to my boil kettle while I'm sparging. This shortens the time that it takes to bring to a boil significantly, not to mention the savings on propane. Something to think about...
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hate to say it and sound like i'm ignoring your question, but if you want to speed up your brew day and get it over with, you're in the wrong hobby. it's supposed to be relaxing and carefree. not a race. i do a 5g all-grain in 3 1/2 hours, and 10 in 4 1/2, and i love the whole process
No offense dude but i don't understand how you can tell someone they are in the wrong hobby... It is his hobby he is inquiring about, not yours. In his case, he is looking to cut back on brew time. Either help him or keep your opinion to your self.

If you don't mind me asking, how do you do a 5 gal AG in 3.5 hours? Is that even possible? If it is, how do you relax and stay carefree?
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I measure the water and hops (vacuum packed of course) the night before and set everything out that I need (that can be). This includes grinding the grain ahead of time. This combined with batch sparging has reduced my brew days to ~5 hours if I'm on my game and don't have to make any repairs during the brew session.

That being the case I enjoy my brew days and refuse to get in a hurry. If I do then I shouldn't have been brewing that day.
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I clock in at like four hours and that is considering I did nothing at all the night before. 60min mash, 15 min batch sparge, and 60 min boil. Clean and prep as you go. After I transfer to the fermenter all I really have to do is clean my pump and chiller, which really just consists of running starsan though them, and scrub the BK.


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