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Old 03-06-2008, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hey,

Finished brewing my Blonde Ale last night and during the boil, I was sitting around thinking what ppl do for the 60 or so minutes that they have to wait. I was just staring at my brewpot the entire time being prepared for any boil overs. Ended up cracking open a beer and reading John Palmer's book.

So, what do you do while you wait?

 
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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Usually I eat during the boil unless I have things to take care of (e.g. measuring hops, sanitizing)...
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:24 PM   #3
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I normally don't start brewing until just before the kid's bedtime. So during the mash I often will put one of my kids to bed, which includes bathing, reading books, and tucking in.

During the boil I clean and sanitize the fermenter, immersion chiller, and any other miscellaneous things I need for chilling and pitching. I also dump and clean the MLT.

I try to clean up as much as possible as I go along, so that I don't have to do it all at the end.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:25 PM   #4
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During the boil I clean and sanitize the fermenter, immersion chiller, and any other miscellaneous things I need for chilling and pitching. I also dump and clean the MLT.

I try to clean up as much as possible as I go along, so that I don't have to do it all at the end.
Exactly my answer, to a tee.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:32 PM   #5
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After my boilover on my previous batch, I got paranoid so I was watching it like a hawk...or was that an eagle? Some bird of prey.. My boil was relatively calm this time. I usually end up sanitizing everything right before I start and letting it sit in the bucket full of sanatizer. My save me some time to just do it inbetween the hop additions next time.

 
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:34 PM   #6
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I usually end up sanitizing everything right before I start and letting it sit in the bucket full of sanatizer. My save me some time to just do it inbetween the hop additions next time.
That...and checking HBT.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:40 PM   #7
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drink.......
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:42 PM   #8
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I rarely have time during a brewday to relax at all--it seems I am always cleaning something, or preparing something, or distracted by something else.

I like to clean up along the way though--nothing like discovering 5 days later that the mashtun wasn't emptied (yeah, alcohol was invoilved in that debacle).
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:44 PM   #9
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Clean and/or watch tv shows that i downloaded on my computer...i used to play a game of madden, but then once my chiller broke and flooded my beer and i didn't know until it was too late

 
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:46 PM   #10
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nothing like discovering 5 days later that the mashtun wasn't emptied (yeah, alcohol was invoilved in that debacle).
And how did that smell?

 
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