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Old 02-25-2012, 06:55 PM   #11
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I have no feeler gages (but I need to get some). I crushed, it looked a little under-crushed so I tightened and crushed again. It looked good but I had a stuck sparge. I backed off the next batch and it worked great. I'm curious to know what the spacing is now.
I stopped by my local autoparts store (Kragen/O'Rileys) and picked up a feeler gage set last weekend for ~$3. It's almost identical to the set magno uses.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:30 AM   #12
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I keep mine at the factory setting (.39?). I get 77% efficiency everytime and am happy with it.

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:35 AM   #13
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.033 and I always condition my grain before milling.

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:16 PM   #14
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.033 and I always condition my grain before milling.
How do you condition your grain?
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:29 PM   #15
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How do you condition your grain?
http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php...t_Conditioning

(Lots of other good information on that site, too - check it out.)
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:08 PM   #16
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I will be trying it tomorrow if the winds don't keep up so crazy (outside with a propane burner) and will report back.
So I tried it yesterday with the tighter crush and saw a lot more flour so I am going to dial it back. I was doing a pumpkin so I can't say how it affected the runoff and sparging as the pumpkin gums it all up anyhow. I had a very slow runoff but added a water infusion to heat it up more and get it running. Still wound up waaaay under efficient on this pumpkin ale, like a miserable 64%! I did use 4 cans of Libby's pumpkin though (the smaller size) when last time I'd used three. I also used a lot of rice hulls. I think in the future I will just use two cans and even more ricehulls. I started brewing late so I was in a hurry to get out and boiling before it got a bit too late, so as a result I know for a fact I left behind a good amount of sugars in my rush to runoff and sparge.

Anyhow, I'll be setting my mill back to it's factory default just to be on the safe side. I've been happy with the 79% efficiency I've been getting with it at that setting.


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Old 02-27-2012, 07:09 PM   #17
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I use a credit card to set rollers = .030 inches. I spritz with 2 oz water in 10 lb grain 15 minutes before crush. Good luck.

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Old 02-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #18
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.035 on mine and I never condition the malt and hit 80%+ Efficiency.

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Old 02-27-2012, 11:01 PM   #19
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0.028 on mine for BIAB, and I also always condition my grain.

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