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Old 03-27-2009, 12:51 PM   #1
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I'm brewing an extract version of EdWort's Robust Porter tonight (7 lbs DME to replace 2-row). I got all the steeping grains yesterday, but was in a rush and didn't get them milled. I'm going to use the rolling pin/ziploc bag method and was wondering how fine i should be trying to get the grains. I've never really looked at milled grains closely. Should I be shooting to split them in half? fourths? I've also never used flaked barley, I'm assuming there's no need to crush this, it just goes straight into the grain bag?

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:54 PM   #2
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I strive to separate the "meat" from the husk, without shredding the husk. Id say my kernels are broken into fourths, with the husks intact or in halves.

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:55 PM   #3
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Flaked grains go not need to be milled, no

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:58 PM   #4
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Would it be bad to mill them anyway?

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I dont think it will hurt, some people mill flaked maize...

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Take your time and try to be as consistent as you can. Since it's just partial-mash-amounts that should be doable. I crushed a full AG batch that way and in order for me to have done it right it would have taken quite a while and it would have been pretty tiring.

But I didn't do it right...my crush was way too inconsistent. Some grains were crushed while others were virtually intact. Efficiency was quite poor.

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