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Old 10-28-2007, 11:25 PM   #1
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Does this crush look OK? This is from the mill at my LHBS. This is my fifth AG batch, and my efficiency is so bad, I'm pleading the fifth.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:29 PM   #2
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Try this, you wn't need a magnifying glass.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:35 PM   #3
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Tell us a little bit about your setup & procedures please....

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:46 PM   #4
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It reminds me of one of those plates that you look at to see if you are colour-blind!! I swear I see the number 23 in your crush!!

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I just wish I could find a way to get everyone to read this message:

If you don't like your efficiency, buy a mill!!

That is the BEST and IMHO - FIRST step to take to fix your efficiency problems.

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:50 PM   #6
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Hard to tell if the crush is ok. It appears to be post-mash. You need to take a more detailed pic, before you mash the grain.

+1 for posting your procedures and setup.

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Old 10-29-2007, 12:02 AM   #7
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+1 for posting your procedures and setup.
Do you use a VBB forum with the Rep add-on? One of the forums I use has it and there's a lot of +1 or $rep++ (it's a programming forum).
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:27 AM   #8
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I am going to buy my own mill, it's just a chunk of change.

I do single infusion batch sparge in a 10 gal. Rubbermaid cooler, fitted with a stainless braided hose. I have a traceable thermo, and I generally mash at 154-155F for 1 hr. I have tried mashing out, though I don't usually do it. I have sparged with one volume, and multiple equal volumes. I have sparged with all 168-170F H20, and I have tried Higher temp water for the first sparge. I have checked my thermo, and there is no way it could possibly be more than 1 deg. off.

It doesn't matter whether m recipe calls for 8lbs of grain, or 15#, my OG is always between 1.040-050.

Yes, I have checked my hydrometers, they are both dead on, and yes, I do comp for temp.

I have read a lot about this subject, both on this forum, and alsewhere, and the research is what leads me to believe that the crush might be the problem.

Right now, I would kill for 70% eff.

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Sea, I'd almost be willing to bet the cost of the mill that your eff will increase as a result of getting a BC or a Crankandstein. If you're not milling your own grains, you're not getting your money's worth out of your grain.

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Old 10-29-2007, 01:47 AM   #10
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Honestly, buying a mill was one of the best things I have done for my brewing. Not only can I buy bulk grains and save, but I get very good efficiency constantly, and consistency is important in brewing. My efficiency jumped up from 60% to 80% when I started milling my own grains.

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