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Old 08-04-2008, 03:52 AM   #11
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Whats the downside of crushing too tightly, (too much)? Logic would tell me husks getting in the wort and causing astringency, anything else besides the obvious?
The main risk is a stuck sparge = major PITA.
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:29 AM   #12
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Whats the downside of crushing too tightly, (too much)? Logic would tell me husks getting in the wort and causing astringency, anything else besides the obvious?
Yes, this is the biggest potential problem, another is stuck sparge.

On the other hand - calculate, how much do you save on grain, inreasing the efficiecy, and decide if it is worth to jopardize the taste of a beer to save $2 or so.
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I had a stuck sparge today and still ended up with 74% eff. It sucked, but I suck it up, adapted and moved on.

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Old 08-04-2008, 12:22 PM   #14
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I rock my monster mill at .037 and never get stuck sparges and always get 70s efficiency. I did a rye beer a couple days ago, after running my first pound through I checked it and it looked great. I ended up getting 78% efficiency on that beer with no stuck sparge, I did throw some rice hulls in there though, as insurance for the rye.

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Any have experience with the pre-crushed grain from Austin Homebrew. Good, bad?

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Any have experience with the pre-crushed grain from Austin Homebrew. Good, bad?
It's OK. Not as finely crushed as many crush with their own mill, but I think you'll find it stands up to any other HBS's crush.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:47 AM   #17
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I have a BC and now I always run every grainbill though it twice. Crush it until you can't crush it any more!

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Old 08-05-2008, 06:32 AM   #18
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I stole an idea from Hagen on this board. I always run my mash through a fine mesh nylon bag. I never get ANY particles in my wort. I vorlauf before running my mash into my pot but now as I am typing this I think I do that more out of habit from doing it before I used the bag then for any practical reasoning. Stuck mashes can be a concern but with this method ($4 for the fine mesh 24 inch nylon bag) getting husk particles in your wort is impossible in my experience.

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z987k - That was a cool song. I have no idea what it has to do with this thread, but hey I enjoyed it.
Actually I can't even remember the original point of this thread, BUT:
For the barley crusher what does the survey say for best generic crush? Best Wheat? etc.
I think the BC will be my next big purchase, and I'm just hoping BC does not mean "Barely crushed".

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Crush being said repeatedly was part of the refrain/chorus...

I care less about the song and more about the fake red head!

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