« on: January 23, 2013, 10:11:29 AM »
Thanks, Kai. I see what you are saying. You, and many brewers, may desire a gain of 5% efficiency.
If I'm not getting close enough to my expected efficiency I'll have to boil off more and I want to avoid that.
Plus, for me, with a wife and 3 small kids to attend to, I like my brew day to be as short as humanly possible. I can knock out a small batch in 3.5 to 4 hours, versus the 5 or 6 hours it might take to do 5 or 6 gallons.
I hear you just to well on that one. In my case longer mash rests can give me more time to help around the house. I have made a few beers in the past where I timed mash rests and boiling with preparing and eating dinner and putting the kids to bed, respectively. In that case long mashes do help.