45 min for a 10 gallon batch. I do a mash out.Someday I need to get the blue cooler and see how much time it saves. Right now I fly sparge for about 45 minutes, but my wort is at or near a boil when I am done with the sparge. While you drain fast and have to wait for the wort to come to a boil, right?
I start heating as soon as I have started collecting the first runnings. But since the whole process of collecting both runnings takes me only about 15 min., there's still some time after I'm dome while I'm waiting for it to boil. So, maybe another 10-15 min.? Your point is well taken, though, Jeff. When I talk about time savings it would be best to specify just where the time saving is. If you're ever in the area on one of your trips, I'd love to have you come by for a brew and see for yourself!
Jeff, you are sparging for 45 minutes (5 gal) and Denny am I calculating about 30 minutes for your sparing? Do either of you do a mash-out?
Denny, be careful, we are talking of getting out to see our friends that live in Bend again someday! See you in Philly.
One more thing, we have been playing with a sort of no sparge. Mash a little thin at 2 qts/lb. Mash out and add 168-170F water to top the mash tun out. Drain as fast as I can with the single tier + pump system. Might add a little water to make the total volume needed. Saves a few minutes, only a pont or 2 hit on efficiency, no astringency this way (I used to oversparge).