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Old 05-04-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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Mash water is heating and everything else is ready to go, now I realize I have forgotten to have morebeer mill my grain. Recipe is a PM, with 4 lbs of 2 row and 1 lb of crystal. What can I do now. Use a rolling pin???????



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Old 05-04-2007, 07:50 PM   #2
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yeah ive heard of people using a rolling pin before but you only want to crack the grains open and keep the husk as a filter



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Old 05-04-2007, 07:51 PM   #3
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Got a coffee grinder? Food processor? Neither will do a great job, but both will beat the heck out of trying to manually crush it with a rolling pin. Do small amounts at a time and pulse quickly until it appears that you have broken most of the husks.

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Yep, rolling pin is not workin worth a darn. Guess I'll run to town and buy SWMBO a food processor as an early mothers day gift...We'll see how that works....Thanks

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Food proccessor is not real good either, but my meat grinder is doing the job. The crush is considerably finer than I would like to see and the hulls are not holding together very well. Should I use a grainbag in the mash tun as well as the stainless mesh filter to avoid stuck sparge???

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If your crush is that fine, a grain bag may be good.

If you're using a manifold in your MT, try slipping a paint strainer bag oveer it and you'll have no problems with a stuck sparge.

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Im using the stainless braided line for a "manifold" like this one. I went ahead and used a grain bag too, and upped my mash water volume by 10%. Hopfully this will prevent a stuck sparge. I also knocked by hydrometer off of the counter, so I will have no idea as to efficiency or OG. What do you guy's think I can expect for efficiency from a crush that is 50% too course and 50% too fine?? Thanks again for all of the help, this has been one of those days.





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