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Old 11-01-2010, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Let's hear it for the Barley Crusher!!

So in my adventures with All-grain, my first few batches netted efficencies in the low-mid 60's with the crush from my LHBS. I worked on my technique, and got into the high 60s with the same crush. Frustrated that i couldn't get consistent results, I switched to grain from AHS, and was still only getting around 68-72% eff. Which isn't bad, but it still wasn't consistent, and I was still missing my target gravities.

So I broke down and bought a Barley Crusher. First batch = 85% eff into the kettle (batch sparging). I got a nice tight crush, and my sparge ran off very nicely. Needless to say I was VERY excited about the results. Now the best part, second batch with the BC = 85% eff into the kettle again.

Consistent results at last!!!! I would highly recommend on of these for anyone frustrated with consistent all-grain gravities. Here's to crushing your own grain!

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Old 11-01-2010, 10:31 PM   #2
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I just bought one, which I haven't used yet. Did you use the factory setting (.039, I believe) to get to 85%?

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Old 11-02-2010, 01:34 AM   #3
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Just a touch tighter .035. The factory setting on mine was .037. It shouldn't make much difference. I do sparge a lot as I typically do 75-90 min boils, but I did that with my old crush as well

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Old 11-02-2010, 02:10 AM   #4
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I worked on my technique... and was still only getting around 68-72% eff. Which isn't bad, but it still wasn't consistent, and I was still missing my target gravities.

So I broke down and bought a Barley Crusher. First batch = 85% eff into the kettle (batch sparging). I got a nice tight crush, and my sparge ran off very nicely. Needless to say I was VERY excited about the results. Now the best part, second batch with the BC = 85% eff into the kettle again.
Yep. They make for a good crush.

Went on maiden voyage today with a BC on factory settings turning about 60 RPM. Brewed with 12# Halcyon malt and 1# Fawcett Crystal 20L (unconditioned) and got something like an 88% finishing with 11 gallons of 1.038 wort and a colour apparently under 5 SRM. It's looking like things will be about four or five points higher than when I crush with my Phil Mill. Where I am usually malt conditioning, I can't see why I shouldn't be hitting about 90% efficiency now.

So... it looks like a good investment.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:04 PM   #5
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I bought one about a year ago or so and never looked back. I might be one of the best brewing tool I own.

The cool thing is they are made local to my work!

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Old 11-02-2010, 04:47 PM   #6
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It's even doubly awesome if you condition your malt.

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Getting one for Christmas this year. can't wait!

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I modified and coupled mine to an old drill press and remounted the assembly to an aluminum plate. I crank mine at 650rpm, my 12 gallon grain bills are light work!

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Old 11-03-2010, 10:26 PM   #9
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hoping one will be under the tree in december for me as well...

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1 O'Clock setting has worked very well for me. I don't recall what this is, but I think it is like .35

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