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Old 04-29-2007, 02:45 AM   #1
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I don't even feel like brewing anymore tonight.

I put 20 pounds of grain in the MLT with 17 quarts of water. I got maybe a gallon and a half of wort out.


Original Gravity of the gallon and a half of wort? Anybody care to guess?



Would you believe 1.070?


Second runnings look like they'll come in at around 1.004. It's not even worth brewing for a single gallon... or doing a 6 hour boil to get two gallons, besides who the heck knows what I'm going to wind up with? I'm gonna throw the grains into the alley and go get drunk instead.... The grains were from Northern Brewer.


Guess a mill is a good investment afterall... if it saves one batch of barleywine and one smaller beer, I should be money ahead.

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Old 04-29-2007, 04:21 AM   #2
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I don't understand. 20 pounds at 1.25 quarts a pound is 25 quarts for a mash in..why only 17? I would imagine 20 pounds would soak up a good deal of water so getting only 1-2 gallons out of a 4.5 gal mash in wouldn't be unreasonable. Or am I way off...I'm new to the AG realm.

Either way it sucks..I've had those days where nothing went right.


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I was doing a stiff mash. It wasn't the amount of water that was the problem, it was the Original Gravity.

If you figure about 35 gravity points (.035 points of gravity) per gallon per pound of grain, that's 700 points that I should've gotten out of the grain. For 7 gallons, I should have a starting gravity of.... 700 points divided by 7 gallons is 100 points, or an initial gravity of 1.100. That's 7 gallons of 1.100.

I got one and a half gallons of 1.070 and 5 gallons of 1.006 or so.

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Old 04-29-2007, 04:27 AM   #4
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your lawn will love you... your check book on the other hand. seems like a waste to me
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I was doing a stiff mash. It wasn't the amount of water that was the problem, it was the Original Gravity.

If you figure about 35 gravity points (.035 points of gravity) per gallon per pound of grain, that's 700 points that I should've gotten out of the grain. For 7 gallons, I should have a starting gravity of.... 700 points divided by 7 gallons is 100 points, or an initial gravity of 1.100. That's 7 gallons of 1.100.

I got one and a half gallons of 1.070 and 5 gallons of 1.006 or so.
Gotcha..I knew that was low for a barleywine..but like I said, I'm new to this stuff. Still trying to learn. That sucks about the crush. I am hoping to add a grain mill and burner to my arsenal this summer so I don't have to rely on anyone else for anything.


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Actually, it was going to be an imperial stout. And I was going to pitch it on a yeast cake of another stout which is ready for secondary, but now I guess I'll have to change my plans....

I am sufficiently discouraged by this that I will be buying a grain mill with my next paycheck. I just cannot keep paying extra to buy small quantities of grain which aren't even crushed properly. It's ridiculous.

You see, it was going to be an Imperial Stout night. I was actually tempted to crack open a Dark Lord after I finished brewing, but now it's weird... I don't even want to look at theirs...

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That sucks man..well at least you have something to look forward to with your mill! Have a couple beers and relax!



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what kind of mill? Just got a Barley Crusher.... LOVE it
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what kind of mill? Just got a Barley Crusher.... LOVE it
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I read something about there being plastic in the Barley Crusher that tends to break? I don't know what the deal is and I'm half in the bag. Maybe a crank and stein. What's the difference?
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