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Grain crush
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:40:08 AM »
I'm going to guess that the answer to this question is "if it works for you then don't worry about it" but I thought I would put it out there anyway.

The first all grain batch I brewed was something I ordered from morebeer.com and had them crush it. I don't recall seeing broken grains, they all seemed intact.

After that I got my grain from the local shop and this is how it was crushed:


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Does that seem excessive? I didn't have any stuck sparge issue but I did go over the estimated pre-boil gravity by 5 points (add to that greater than expected boil-off and the OG was 8 points higher than expected).


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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2012, 08:59:27 AM »
That looks like a very good crush to me. It's hard to tell from a picture but it looks a bit courser than I crush.  I tend to get very close to stuck sparges though.  As long as the husks are mostly intact it looks great.

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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012, 09:47:05 AM »
I agree.  Based on the picture, that's an excellent crush.
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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2012, 10:11:52 AM »
"if it works for you then don't worry about it" ;D
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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2012, 11:01:27 AM »
 :) Great! I honestly had no idea what a good crush looked like.

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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2012, 11:08:56 AM »
I'm not sure how to interpret "I don't recall seeing broken grains". Crushed/broken grain sounds the same to me. Either way, the crushed grain in the picture looks good.
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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2012, 11:21:54 AM »
I'm not sure how to interpret "I don't recall seeing broken grains". Crushed/broken grain sounds the same to me. Either way, the crushed grain in the picture looks good.

When I looked at the first grains I thought "oh no, they didn't crush them" but on closer inspection they looked like that they were just squeezed open. I could be mistaken, though, it was several weeks ago.

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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012, 12:39:26 PM »
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from morebeer.com and had them crush it. I don't recall seeing broken grains, they all seemed intact.

I got a "Janets Brown" kit from morebeer last night and had the exact thought when I looked at the bag of 2 row.
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Re: Grain crush
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2012, 02:03:53 PM »
When I looked at the first grains I thought "oh no, they didn't crush them" but on closer inspection they looked like that they were just squeezed open. I could be mistaken, though, it was several weeks ago.

Interesting, must be their mill. Friends have bought their grains from them, so I'd guess its OK.
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