No that is compared to force carb. You don't have to carb with the krausening. Just add the saved wort let it sit for a couple days and then lager. It will work the same.
After lagering, for a min of 4 weeks force carb it.
Krausening does change the final product. Gives the a beer a MUCH smoother finish. You really notice it on a big beer. And I don't get what you mean by extra work. Putting 3 quarts of wort in self sealing mason jars and take a couple extra reading out of secondary is no big deal.
if you are talking about the wort, save 3 quarts after the boil and can it in mason jars and refrigerate.
Then, after fermentation is complete check your gravity and then add enough of the savexd wort to up the gravity by .003.
My lager was in primary for 1 week at 55 degrees. I slowly brought it down to 31 degrees in secondary. Total time in secondary was 8 weeks.
I am real busy right now, so, I bought some kegging equipment. I left it at 31 degrees under 9PSI.
Is this a typical post lagering set up?
I fly sparge with a false bottom cooler setup and get excellent efficiency every time by standing over it gently stirring the very top of the grain bed to fill in tunnels and by keeping the sparge water only a couple of inches off the grain bed. I sparge very slow as well, a rate of...