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Brew day efficiency ideas
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:20:36 AM »
I am all about efficiency but some of these ideas seem extreme. What do you think?

http://brulosophy.com/2014/12/22/18-ideas-to-help-simplify-your-brew-day/

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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2015, 12:33:41 AM »
I agree, except for
Pressure canning starter wort
Clean as I go
Measuring hops before I brew
No bags, I go commando
FWH and WP is pretty awesome, but I dont know about using it solely
Big ass chiller with pumped recirculation
No secondary unless im doing a second fermentation
Limited drinking
Minimal worrying

But other than those few, I agree. Unnecessary!

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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2015, 12:38:53 AM »
I already do some of those things.
  • I weigh out all my hops during the mash
  • I get as much ready the night before as possible. Buying water the night before makes getting out of bed easier if I don't have to go somewhere before I get started.
  • I skip secondary, most of the time
  • I don't drink until the flame is out
  • I clean as I go to a point. I use the chiller runoff as cleaning and rinsing water. I get most of my cleaning done while chilling and whirlpooling.
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2015, 12:44:09 AM »
I already do some of those things.


  • I weigh out all my hops during the mash
  • I get as much ready the night before as possible. Buying water the night before makes getting out of bed easier if all I don't have to go somewhere before I get started.
  • I skip secondary, most of the time
  • I don't drink until the flame is out
  • I clean as I go to a point. I use the chiller runoff as cleaning and rinsing water. I get most of my cleaning done while chilling and whirlpooling.

I do this stuff, too. Drinking after flameout was big in my QC.   ;)
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2015, 12:51:59 AM »
I do most of those.  I generally don't drink until the boil is settled in.  I mill the day before or a few days before.  I get as much ready the night before.  Rarely secondary. Pump on the immersion chiller. Clean as I go. Measure during mash.

I look at efficiency as getting the most out of  your most precious resource.  Whether that is money (ingredients,  fuel, equipment) space (batch size, type of equipment, storage) or time (prep, less steps,  quick chilling)

For me these days with two little ones,  time is by far the hardest to come by. I try to minimize the length of my brew day as much as possible.  Finding half an hour in the evening a few days before brewdays is much easier than spending an extra half hour on brewday.
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2015, 12:47:04 PM »
pretty much everything for me except 30 minute mash....i just tend to do around 75 minutes.

most my brewing starts at 6am so drinking coffee works just fine  ::)
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2015, 05:02:32 PM »
Yeah, no short mashes for me.  And as I said to Drew, I'm too lazy to can wort to make brewing easier.
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2015, 09:35:09 PM »
It's not like I heat my canner with a Gilligan bicycle powered canner. I actually think canning starter is lazier

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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2015, 02:05:22 AM »
What's the hurry? This is my hobby. I like brewing.

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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2015, 02:12:59 AM »

What's the hurry? This is my hobby. I like brewing.
I think this often. Especially when I see folks rushing everything. This is just a therapeutic session for me.... Time mostly irrelevant.
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2015, 02:18:53 AM »

What's the hurry? This is my hobby. I like brewing.
I think this often. Especially when I see folks rushing everything. This is just a therapeutic session for me.... Time mostly irrelevant.

Yeah, I agree. I have my process down to be efficient and consistent, but not feel rushed. Brew time is my time.
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2015, 02:20:20 AM »

What's the hurry? This is my hobby. I like brewing.
I think this often. Especially when I see folks rushing everything. This is just a therapeutic session for me.... Time mostly irrelevant.
I'm jealous of you guys. Finding time is the biggest challenge in brewing (or any hobby) for me. Any efficiency that doesn't come at the expense of my enjoyment of the process simply makes it easier for me to find the time to brew.

Plus, I love the challenge of finding new ways to streamline my workflow. I felt pretty accomplished the time I was able to crank out 8 one-gallon batches of beer in 5 hours.
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Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2015, 03:55:06 AM »

What's the hurry? This is my hobby. I like brewing.
I think this often. Especially when I see folks rushing everything. This is just a therapeutic session for me.... Time mostly irrelevant.
I'm jealous of you guys. Finding time is the biggest challenge in brewing (or any hobby) for me. Any efficiency that doesn't come at the expense of my enjoyment of the process simply makes it easier for me to find the time to brew.

Plus, I love the challenge of finding new ways to streamline my workflow. I felt pretty accomplished the time I was able to crank out 8 one-gallon batches of beer in 5 hours.

I only brew once per month. When I do, I don't mind if it takes 5 hours.


Regarding 8 one-gallon batches of beer in 5 hours., I can definitely respect that kind of efficiency. You must have eliminated all hop additions except FWH and whirlpool additions. ;)
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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2015, 05:39:28 AM »
What's the hurry? This is my hobby. I like brewing.

I love playing golf, but not 5 hour rounds!  ;)

I'm down to a 3.5 hour brewday for American styles and that's perfect for me - it's like watching a football game.

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Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2015, 01:51:06 PM »
I love to brew. Its like cooking for me, kind of therapeutic. Im still learning as ive only been brewing for 9 months or so. Some of these things i do but the FWH and WP are new to me what are they? I usually throw hops in at 60 and at flame-out.
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