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How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:44:40 PM »
Wondering how long it takes you guys to brew a batch of wort. I am pretty out of touch with normal timings and whatnot, but I have been filming and recording my brew sessions for about the last year and a half.  Seems like my average time is right around 5hrs and 30 minutes from lights on to lights out. I will argue it takes what it takes to make what you want to make,  but curious what others are at?


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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2017, 05:50:49 PM »
Well, prior to trying low O2 brewing, I could be done completely with most beers in around 4.5 hrs or just over. The low O2 batches are adding 30-45 mins to that (total time).
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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2017, 05:56:19 PM »
My non-lodo brewing session averages 5 hours from set-up to clean-up.
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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2017, 06:01:47 PM »
12 gallon batches - about5.5- 6 hours unless I do a long whirlpool for IPA.

That does not include dumping cold break, pitching/oxygenating as I come back an hour or two later for that.


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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2017, 06:05:24 PM »
I am in it 8 to 9 hours with cleanup plus prep time the previous day.
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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2017, 06:05:29 PM »
My low o2 batches take 4 - 4.5 hours. Longer if there's a big hop stand.

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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2017, 06:18:52 PM »
Old brewing method: 4.5-5 hours for typical, no hop stand, ales
Low oxygen method: 5-5.5 hours for typical, no hop stand, ales

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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2017, 06:21:02 PM »
Good to know folks. Like I said I don't think it matters.
Some data points about my process
I am no sparge
I preboil and cool all my strike water
I hochkurz step mash everything ( typical 30/30/10)
All temperatures(with wort) are raised at 1c/min
I boil 60 minutes( no exceptions)
I always separate hot and cold trub, the cold trub seperation takes 45 minutes.


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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2017, 06:21:39 PM »
It is a little hard to judge because it is broken a lot with kids and crap, but  if nobody was bothering me I would say probably 6.5 hours start to end if.  That is including time to de-o2 the water with yeast while I prep and measure everything (1.5hr or so).  Pre low oxygen I could kick them out in roughly 4-4.5 hour.

With family and getting other things done, 14 hours. 
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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2017, 06:35:17 PM »

With family and getting other things done, 14 hours.

Ha!  No doubt Nate.

I'm right around 5.5-6 hrs from very start to very finish. That is with low oxygen process.

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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2017, 06:36:21 PM »
Too long. Brewing on a 3rd floor balcony sucks.

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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2017, 06:42:21 PM »
I'm at 6 hours, including all clean up. 
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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2017, 07:13:56 PM »
From getting everything out and set up, milling grain, mash, lauter, sparge, boil, cool, pitch yeast, to putting away clean brew kettle - five hours.
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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2017, 07:32:55 PM »
4-4.5 if I can keep the kids happy and out of the way.  That includes set up and clean up after.
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Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2017, 07:43:12 PM »
I would say 7-8 hours start to clean up finished, that includes set up and prep the night before. Quickest was 4.5 hours for an ordinary bitter. Longest was 12 hours for a triple decocted Czech Pils, not doing that again.
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