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Old 01-29-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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I just got my package from morebeer today nothing big (12oz hops, 3 lbs grain, 3 lbs DME, 6lbs LME) and the grains are unmilled. I dont have a grain mill. I was wondering if i could put them in a freezer bag or two and smash em up with a rolling pin? usually I get my ingredients from my LHBS and the grains are the exact amount and milled when i buy them. Is there a way to "mill" these without a grain mill? The amounts of grains i need to mill are 12oz chocolate, 8 oz roasted barley, and 12 oz caravienne. Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-29-2008, 06:05 PM   #2
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Yes, you can crush the grains by hand with a rolling pin. Just be careful not to pulverize them into flour. You want to crack the husk to expose the endosperm.

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Old 01-29-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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you wrote endosperm...lol

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It'll probably take awhile to get 3# grain crushed by hand, but you can certainly do it.

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Your LHBS might crush and bag 'em for a nominal charge.

Some LHBSes can't crush grain that didn't come from them, though. Local safety regulations or something, pest control? I forget what the reasoning is.

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... I was wondering if i could put them in a freezer bag or two and smash em up with a rolling pin? ...
Yep! That's how I did it before I moved to all grain brewing and got a grain mill. It'll work just fine. Just get the biggest baggie you can, make sure it's good & sealed and flip it over a few times to make sure you get every grain possbile. Take your time.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:53 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot for the quik replies... I cant wait to get this brewin tonight!
LOL... you said endoSPERM!

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