Time can be a big factor when it comes to homebrewing. Sure, it may be nice to spend sunrise until sunset carefully hand crafting a batch (or batches) of beer, but the practicalities of life can and do factor in when we’re deciding if we can brew a batch of beer. For your stage of life, time may not be a factor. If so, that’s awesome. For others, time saving tips and techniques could help you brew more often.
Go Big! or… Go Small
- Go Big: Brew back to back batches. Setting up, tearing down and cleaning take a good bit of time. Brewing back to back batches will take you more time on brew day, but your time commitment per batch is significantly reduced.
- Go Big: Get the gear to brew double batches. Want some more variety? Split the double batch in half and do separate fermentations, yeast and dry hops. Check out our Large Batch post tag for gear and techniques for batches sizes of 10 gallons and up.
- Go Small: Smaller batches make things easier and quicker. Getting to a boil is quicker, chilling is quicker, cleaning is quicker. I’ve done 2 to 3 gallon all grain small batches on my stop top with great success – See: Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing + Water Calculation Spreadsheet – and you could do the same thing with extract. Combine small batches with the previous 15 minute boil tip and you’ve saved some serious time.
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