You love brewing your own beer, and while you would enjoy nothing more than sitting out in your shed, backyard, or wherever it is that you’re brewing for entire days on end, you just don’t have the time (that work thing really gets in the way, doesn’t it?).
Just because you don’t have the time to devote full days to your homebrew endeavors doesn’t mean you have to nix the hobby completely. Here are some handy tips that will help you cut back on the amount of time you need to devote to brewing without sacrificing the quality of the product.
This might seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many folks don’t plan ahead and run out of supplies, which prolongs the brewing process. Make sure you have everything you need before you get started. Assess your supplies and stock up on anything that’s running low or that you’re completely out of. Believe us, you’ll be thankful you took the time do add this simple, yet highly effective timesaving technique to your process.
Keep It Small
While it might be tempting to brew bigger batches, they obviously require a lot more time, and if you don’t have the time to commit, then it just won’t work for you. Instead, brew smaller batches. The entire process, from start to finish, will go a whole lot faster.
If you do want to brew bigger batches, instead of doing several bigger brews over the course of a few days, do a few bigger brews back-to-back. While it will take you more time to complete the task on brew day, in the long run, you’ll end up getting the job done faster because you’ll only have to worry about setting up, breaking up, and cleaning up once a week instead of several times a week (if you brew that often).
Start with Hot Water
We couldn’t believe we didn’t think of this sooner, but instead of using cold hose water, use hot water from your tub or sink or wherever else you can access it. It takes a lot less time to boil hot water than it does to boil cold water! Sounds super obvious, but we’re sure a lot of you are saying to yourselves, “Ah! That makes total sense!” just like we were! Sometimes, it’s the most obvious things that we overlook that make all the difference in the world.
Do you have any other time-saving tips? If so, we’d love to hear them! Please share your advice so we can all improve our homebrew game.