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Old 07-03-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default After achieving a solid 45% BH effeciency grinding with a rolling pin...

I learned my lesson and bought a grain mill

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Anyway, here's my whole story:

hopefully I have a good session brew on my hands after that abysmal 1.030 OG reading!! (shooting for 1.050). Recently bought a 50 lb sack of 2-row, and LHBS said I could come use their grain mill, but lazy and stupid me decided it would be easier to throw in the 4 lbs of 2-row I was using in zip lock bags and roll them out with a rolling pin (only 35% of grain bill). Pre-crushed grains made up the other 65% and I ended up with a <45% Brewhouse efficiency.

Since this brew's probably shot I added a couple pounds of honey right in the primary to get the SG up to a respectable 1.040.



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Old 07-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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Right on!

Nice story



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Rolling pin crushes don't work. Ask me how I know!

I picked up a never-used Corona at a local resale shop for $8. It is missing the hopper, so I'm thinking of sacrificing a stainless mixing bowl for the cause.

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Rolling pin crushes DO work. I've had to do that when the LBS's mill wasn't working and took home whole grains. I suggest rolling grains on very hard surface.

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Of course it will work.....you just have to have the patience of a piece of granite.

Food processor works, but evidently works too well....ask how I know

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Of course it will work.....you just have to have the patience of a piece of granite.

Food processor works, but evidently works too well....ask how I know
And time cause it takes a while...ask how I know.
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Rolling pin crushes DO work. I've had to do that when the LBS's mill wasn't working and took home whole grains. I suggest rolling grains on very hard surface.
Good God. I would rather stay sober than crush 10 lbs of grain with a rolling pin.
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Good God. I would rather stay sober than crush 10 lbs of grain with a rolling pin.
Must be a die hard home brewer to endure. Also those possessing girly arms need not apply.
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I managed a 50% efficiency with my own noob idiocy combined with the crappy mill at my LHBS. Just did my second batch from my own mill and managed 86%. It's worth the purchase.

Loved the subject line btw.



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