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Old 03-14-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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Anybody have any tricks on doing this? The place I bought from didn't crush like I asked. Can't afford a mill and the only brew shop that has one I can use is about 2 hours away, as you can guess if I can't afford a mill I can't afford that drive. Thanks and any input is greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-14-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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Well I guess you can do it with a flour pin but that sounds like a mess and a pain in the butt.

Sounds like a corona is in your future

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Old 03-14-2013, 11:31 PM   #3
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There are a few options:

1) Pulsing in a food processor. This will likely take a long time, depending on the volume of grains, and may give you too fine of a grind which will be a problem if you are mashing in a mash tun and are going to sparge. From what I understand, some BIABrewers actually prefer a finer grind because they don't sparge and the increased surface area gives more access for the enzymes to go to work on the starches.

2) Put enough of them in a Ziploc bag to get a thin layer when laid flat on the counter and roll over them with a heavy rolling pin until you get to a decent crush. This, too, will take a while depending on grain volume, and may provide a more coarse crush than you are looking for, but won't be as susceptible to the the problem of stuck sparge as the previous method, or even a regular grind you'll get from your LHBS or online retailers.

If you're just steeping specialty grains, I would go the first route.

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I would try a blender. a little bit at a time. just break all the grain up nicely without creating total dust...it can be done with a little effort and time ... enjoy!

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Ha my denial was futile. I figured blender or smashing in a pan was going to be the route. Thank you all and I'll see you in the early summer when this crush is finish.

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Where are you located? If you were in my vicinity I could toss my mill in the truck and swing by.

"Have Mill, Will Crush"

or better:

"Will Crush For Beer"

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Haha I like it. Thanks for the offer but spent the better half of the evening with the old rolling pin. Good thing no work today, and cherry on top.... Brew day!

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