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Old 12-05-2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default Just bought the 15lb Barley Crusher

What can I expect? After hitting an efficiency of 42% on my last batch (with pre-crushed), I decided I want finer crushes (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=46921)

How's the factory crush setting? I'm excited to have more control over the crush...

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Old 12-05-2007, 01:43 PM   #2
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I'm with you! I was so sick of the HBS's gentle massaging of my grain; I think their mill is a "Barely-Crusher"

I've only used the new BarleyCrusher a couple of times, but the crush I got out of the factory setting was textbook. I may tweak it a little going forward, but I'd start with the factory setting before playing around with it.

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Welcome to the club, the 15# Hopper Barley Crusher Club!

My settings are at about 1 O'Clock on each side. I get over 80% and am a happy camper.

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I'm with you! I was so sick of the HBS's gentle massaging of my grain; I think their mill is a "Barely-Crusher"

I've only used the new BarleyCrusher a couple of times, but the crush I got out of the factory setting was textbook. I may tweak it a little going forward, but I'd start with the factory setting before playing around with it.
That's what I like to hear. I figure the factory setting will still be an improvement. The worst part is the grain I use is the same the local brewpub uses. They must be getting mediocre efficiency. What a waste!
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I recently got the 7# crusher. The defaults look pretty good to me. I went from 60-65% to 80% with the Barley Crusher.
If you are going to play with the gap settings get some feeler gages so you can accurately measure the gap.
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I've been using mine for awhile and routinely get 80%+ efficiency with the factory setting. I've also never had a stuck sparge, and I don't want to tempt fate by trying a finer crush...80%+ is fine with me!

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I love mine. Seems that the setting on each end need to be turned in opposite directions. I have mine set at 1:00 on the right side and 11:00 on the left side.

I’m reaching for 75% efficiency but the crush is great. I’m thinking it’s doing large 20+ pound grain bills in my round Rubbermaid. I think I need to switch to a larger rectangular unit to thin the bed out a bit.

Now you need to break out the high tech automated grinding unit to save your palms from blistering with that crank handle. (I’m sure you’d prefer to blister you palms doing your second favorite pastime.)

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Nice! This is my next purchase. AHS does pretty well with their crush, but I'm getting low 70's and I'd like to be closer to 80%. That and the idea of having grain in bulk is very appealing to me.

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How much do you have to hold the drill steady? I'd replace that mounting board so that you can clamp the drill onto it. That's whe I've done with my c&s mill so that I can even clamp the drill button "on" and let the milling happen on its own.

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Thanks guys, 80% is a dream to me at this point. I'm going to use the hand crank until I get my new drill (Christmas). I'll just wear some batting gloves to avoid the blisters

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