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Old 06-26-2013, 04:50 AM   #1
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What saves time on brew day?
I crank my water heater up to super hot. What do you do?


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Old 06-26-2013, 05:32 AM   #2
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Set up for brewing the night before. Pre measure your water (I use spare carboys). Weigh out grain. Double check that you have all you need to brew to avoid changing the recipe at the last minute.


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Old 06-26-2013, 07:01 AM   #3
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Clean as you go, it's take the runoff and wiat for the wort to reach boiling with a pint, or continue enjoying pints while the wort cools, but it's valuable time you could spend cleaning the mash tun, excess utensils etc.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:03 AM   #4
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I clean all 3 vessels the night before as well as weigh and mill my grains the night before. I make sure that everything I need is in a spare bucket or in the sink so I have to do is fill up the sink and clean. I made myself a checklist too so that I can clean as I go and save time. I used to clean everything first and I was sitting around waiting for wort to boil! Went from 8-9 hours to 6 from heating strike to complete clean up.
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Use extract...on a more serious note using a good burner to get you to boiling quick and sparge temps fast saves a lot of time.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
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I clean all 3 vessels the night before . . . I used to clean everything first and I was sitting around waiting for wort to boil! Went from 8-9 hours to 6 from heating strike to complete clean up.
So, you use to spend 2-3 hours cleaning your HLT, MLT and Kettle BEFORE you started brewing? Sometimes I might clean my kettle the next day, but most of my stuff is cleaned and stored before the boil is over. If you clean after use, there's no reason to do it again before starting your next brewday.
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Draw your strike & sparge water from the hot water faucet instead of starting with cold.

Get a good burner and crank it up high while heating (throttle it back once you reach your strike water temperature or boil).

Get a good plate chiller, use pre-chilled water. I immerse my old copper coil IC in a camping cooler full of water and frozen Gatorade bottles. The output of that chiller becomes the input to my plate chiller. I can get 5 gallons of boiling wort down to 60F in 15 minutes.

Prep the night before (weigh out grains, crush up Campden tablet, move equipment to garage).

Do double batches (10g instead of 5g), or brew twice in one day, back to back. I can do one 5 gallon batch in 5 hours, or two 5 gallon batches in 7 hours. Only 2 more hours for twice the beer. You need a second burner for this though (you heat the strike water for the second mash while you start boiling the runnings from the first batch).

Clean as you go. Multitask. Start rehydrating the yeast while the wort is still boiling, so it'll be already ready to go when your wort is cooled and aerated.
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Partigyle - 15 gal instead of 5 or 10, in only a bit more time!

Our big bottleneck now is chill time, using hose water and copper coil; we need to change that to a recirc of ice water bath.

Going to the big banjo burner saved big time and gas. Cleaning while we boil/chill, and bottling the previous week's batch helps too.
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Setting up as much as possible the night before and cleaning as I go are the two biggest time savers for me. I'm looking forward to some good tips from others though.
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- stage the equipment the night before
- crush the grains the night before
- get the mash water under flame ASAP.. while waiting on it to reach strike temp, start prepping everything else.
- Clean as you go..


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