- May 11, 2018
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- Pueblo Co
I'm looking to reduce effort and time of my brewing process so I'm hoping to get input from folks on the top 3 items (more or less) that decreased effort and time in their brew process. I've reviewed lots of setups but I'd like to get perspective on the improvements/items you feel reduced your time or effort the most. And why these items improved your process.
So far my focus has been related to reducing effort. It has made for a very relaxing brew day.
My top 3 improvements are:
- Set up a dedicated brew space. I used to brew in a garage I now brew in my basement in a converted bar. It used to be dozens of trips back and forth between the basement and the garage and the kitchen and and and…. Having one space and organizing it has dramatically reduced the effort associated with a brew day and a kegging day. Brew days are more pleasure than work now. Time savings and huge effort savings.
- Moved to electric with a temp controller. 15 minutes to mash temp, 15 minutes to boil. No chasing propane bottles and hoses. No running out of propane. Simple setup and take down. Saves time and effort. Note, this facilitated being able to move to my basement.
- Kettle setup. The kettle and all plumbing are next to and drain into the sink. The setup uses gravity and minimizes the amount of hose in contact with wort. These items minimize the cleanup effort.
My Runner up; dedicated cleaning station (ok a walk in shower with a hose added). On lazy brew days it lets me do a first rinse and walk away. Yes I finish cleaning the next day but it is really simple.
Please share! And thanks in advance.