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Old 11-13-2006, 04:08 PM   #91
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I'll have my own grain mill in the very near future, but I'll try Jeff's or Billy's mills if I brew again before getting my own.



Hmmm... Ok. I'll try that. When I first went through all that gear you delivered, I was trying to figure out what that was for. It seemed too clean (pristine white with no husk or anything stuck to/in it) to have ever been in contact with grain, so I thought it just went above the grain. It's got a center hole cut in it with foam that can optionally be removed, and I thought that the sparge sprinkler went through this hole... or... sparge water was trickled on top of the foam to disperse it better.

Now that I know wtf it is, I'll use it next time.

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Yeah, the guy never even used that mash pad. What I did with mine was I sewed the center hole to the larger disc, so now the whole false bottom is covered. If you leave that hole out it will just create a funnel to the bottom and it will be worthless.

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Old 11-14-2006, 02:10 AM   #92
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For efficiency, check your crush. With that mash pad and false bottom, you should be close to 80% even with a batch sparge. Try stopping the flow halfway through the batch sparge, stir, and recirculate again. Your efficiency will rise 5 points.
For some reason, I can get 78-80% efficiency with my Corona mill, but when I crush my grain at our LHBS (which Walker and I obviously share) I always get around 70%. No idea why...I would say crush, but I know the Kaiser used to get really good efficiency from that mill.

Maybe I need to just break down and by a grownup mill for my Christmas present...
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:15 AM   #93
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Maybe I need to just break down and by a grownup mill for my Christmas present...
Let me know if you want to get rid of that Corona.
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:25 AM   #94
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Let me know if you want to get rid of that Corona.
Obviously you're more than welcome to give it a whirl (haha) whenever you feel the need. If you stock up your grain stash it's a lot more convenient than driving to N. Raleigh!

All these "Barley Crusher" posts have got me thinking.
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:29 AM   #95
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Julie wanted me to post a message for her to say that she hoped everyone has as good a time as she did on Saturday and that you all were great guests. She wants to do it again sometime soon.

my wife is telling me to have a bunch of guys over again to get drunk, smoke cigars, and brew beer on the deck?

WHat are you guys doing this weekend?

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It was great fun and you and Julie are great hosts. We'll definitely host a GRABASS Festivus once we get the child-rearing more figured out, maybe early next year.

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