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Do you crush your own grains or purchase already crushed?

I crush my own grains
22 (84.6%)
I purchase it already crushed
4 (15.4%)

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Offline flbrewer

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Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« on: February 08, 2015, 11:41:24 PM »
I recently purchased a Barley Crusher and had my first go at hand cranking 16 pounds of grain today. Aside from the labor of hand cranking and potential cross-contamination I'm seriously considering just returning the mill and purchasing already crushed grain.
I am only brewing about 10 times a year and considering the labor, clean-up, etc. I'm not sure what to do.
Thoughts?

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2015, 11:57:39 PM »
I use my cordless drill instead of the hand crank.  So much earlier and quicker than doing it by hand.  16 lbs. by hand, I can feel your pain!

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Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2015, 11:59:44 PM »
I would not return it. I hand cranked myself until I got a cordless 18v Dewalt from Blowes. It works likes a charm and I can crush tighter than I did with milled grain from a homebrew shop.
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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2015, 12:01:00 AM »
There really is no contamination concern.  I use a cordless drill on the lower speed setting.  Works great.

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2015, 12:08:40 AM »
You are just experiencing end of brew day blues. The best thing for that is to buy another piece of equipment. Get a drill and cheer up.

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2015, 12:14:46 AM »
What did you brew?  Sixteen pounds is a metric truck load of grain for a 5-gallon batch.   

A mill is easy to clean.  All one needs to do is take it outside and hit it with compressed air.

With that said, cross contamination is not a valid reason for sending the mill back.  Any microflora that is living on the malt that you crush is not going to automatically jump into one of your fermentation vessels.  There are simple steps that you can take to remove this threat such as crushing outside.

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2015, 12:19:24 AM »
Another 'keep it' here.  You'll get things dialed in and honestly, I don't see the mill as your issue. If you rely on precrushed grain, your efficiency will be all over the place unless you find a place that will double crush - can't rely on that by mail order. RDWHAHB.

EDIT -  Agree with no cross contamination concerns.
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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2015, 12:20:11 AM »
This could easily come across as a jacka$$ statement but it's not meant to be. How on earth have you gotten this far into life and you don't own a drill? Hardly a day goes by I don't use a drill.


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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2015, 12:24:31 AM »
This could easily come across as a jacka$$ statement but it's not meant to be. How on earth have you gotten this far into life and you don't own a drill? Hardly a day goes by I don't use a drill.


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I never said I don't own a drill! I have an old 12v cordless.

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 12:25:36 AM »
What did you brew?  Sixteen pounds is a metric truck load of grain for a 5-gallon batch.   

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2015, 12:29:28 AM »
I also have a barley crusher and i don't mind hand cranking. I consider it a bonus work out. Usually, I mill the night before brewing.
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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2015, 12:37:26 AM »
I also have a barley crusher and i don't mind hand cranking. I consider it a bonus work out. Usually, I mill the night before brewing.

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That's the key to milling by hand.  I too mill most of my grain by hand, and I also mill it the night before I plan to brew.

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2015, 01:12:36 AM »
Don't ditch the mill. Mill = freedom

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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2015, 02:46:50 AM »
Another 'keep it' here.  You'll get things dialed in and honestly, I don't see the mill as your issue. If you rely on precrushed grain, your efficiency will be all over the place unless you find a place that will double crush - can't rely on that by mail order. RDWHAHB.


And even if you get it double crushed @ LHBS, that's no guarantee your efficiency still won't be all over the place.  Having mine double crushed for me means that my efficiency at least stays above 70%.  A grain mill is hopefully something I will be able to get in the near future.
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Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2015, 01:20:27 PM »
Keep the mill and get a bigger drill...
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