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Offline Steve Ruch

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mill flaked barley?
« on: December 22, 2015, 11:15:55 PM »
I'm planning on brewing a stout next week and read that the flaked barley should be milled. Yes? No? I've never done that on other stouts I've made.
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2015, 11:27:00 PM »
I've never milled flaked grains before, not sure why they'd recommend that. It has already been run through rollers once...
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2015, 11:35:10 PM »
I've made tons of good stouts with unmilled flaked barley. It doesn't need milled whatsoever.
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2015, 11:52:28 PM »
Good timing. I'm brewing an irish dry next and just planned on throwing the flaked barley in as is.

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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2015, 05:40:52 AM »
You won't gain anything by sending it through the mill, but it won't hurt anything either.

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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 11:09:42 AM »
I just tapped a belgian wit brewed with flaked wheat and did not mill.  Probably one of my best beers yet.  Best effeciency I have seen in my last 4-5 batches as well.

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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 12:22:25 PM »
You won't gain anything by sending it through the mill, but it won't hurt anything either.
+1 to this.
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2015, 11:01:19 PM »
It didn't sound right to me, but I thought I'd check with the extremely knowledgeable folks on this forum.









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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2015, 03:52:18 AM »
You won't gain anything by sending it through the mill, but it won't hurt anything either.
You can gum up your mill.
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2015, 04:00:18 AM »

You won't gain anything by sending it through the mill, but it won't hurt anything either.
You can gum up your mill.
Really? Maybe if it's damp or you mill gap is insanely right, but it should just go straight through.

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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2015, 05:22:35 AM »
Never gummed up my mill, ever. Not sure if it effects other folks differently. Mill it or dont mill it. Why is this an issue? It seems like some folks always over-complicate things.
Okay, dont ever mill your flaked barley or wheat, its just bad! Sheesh!
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2015, 12:45:01 PM »
The flaked grains have been gelantinized. I have read a few times that they should not be milled. At my LHBS, AIH, the is a notice on the store's mill that says "do not mill flaked grains".

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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2016, 09:17:03 AM »
You won't gain anything by sending it through the mill, but it won't hurt anything either.

I always mill flaked grains. Not because they need to be milled, but because I'm old and forgetful. Nothing worse than having a low OG and then finding a bag with a couple of pounds of flaked grain sitting on the counter. Closely related, I discovered that milling Minute Rice does improve extraction.
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2016, 10:25:26 PM »
I brewed last Wednesday without milling the flakes and everything went good.
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Re: mill flaked barley?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2016, 10:27:23 PM »
I brewed last Wednesday without milling the flakes and everything went good.


FWIW, I've never milled flaked grains Steve, and always had good luck (and beer).
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