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Old 05-21-2011, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Conditioning grain == awesome.

Finally got my own mill and a bunch of bulk grain. decided to try this malt conditioning thing for my inaugural batch and I'm wow'd. The grind is so light and fluffy I want to make a pillow out of it. I searched but I couldn't find a grain in there that wasn't perfectly crushed with a nice puffy, intact hull. The conditioning step only took a couple of minutes, why don't more people do this?

On the down side I don't have a drill so I hand cranked all 18lbs of grain and I'm typing this with my left arm because I can't feel my right. seriously, I underestimated how much work that was going to be.

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:52 PM   #2
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I've yet to try it, but I think I should since my mill is home built and doesn't grab quite as good as a proper one.

So you just soaked the grain en mass for a certain time? Was there a certain temp of water you used? Did you dry it out again before running it through?

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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Here's a really good write-up on the process...

http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php/Malt_Conditioning

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Old 05-21-2011, 04:13 PM   #4
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I've yet to try it, but I think I should since my mill is home built and doesn't grab quite as good as a proper one.

So you just soaked the grain en mass for a certain time? Was there a certain temp of water you used? Did you dry it out again before running it through?
i followed kaiser's write-up on the wiki. I used just cold filtered tap water with a squirt bottle. I used about 5 oz. I was excpecting the grain to feel wet but it doesn't. I just sprayed and mixed about 10 minutes before milling. the husks will feel less papery and a little more pliable after the process but doesn't really feel wet.
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I did this for the first time today as well. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes, and it's so easy to do that everyone should. Only bad thing is that it gunked up my rollers a little bit, but that's easily fixable.

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im setting up an ugly junk corona grinder this week, should i condition when using that type of mill

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thinking of trying myself, do u have a link to the process?

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I did this for the first time today as well. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes, and it's so easy to do that everyone should. Only bad thing is that it gunked up my rollers a little bit, but that's easily fixable.
i was expecting more of a mess on my mill but it turned out clean. I have the schmidling maltmill which funnels all the grain to the very center of the rollers so none of the grain worked its way over to the edges where it could have gotten gummed up.
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It's the bees knees. I'll never go back to milling dusty ass grain.


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Do you tighten up your grain mill when using conditioned malt?

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