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Old 08-12-2010, 05:07 AM   #1
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Default First attempt at malt conditioning

I just finished brewing my chocolate mint milk stout recipe, other than it being 115+° out in the garage for most of the brew everything went as usual, hit my numbers dead on in the mash, etc etc.. the only thing that was off on the usual brewhouse numbers was the efficiency, I usually run at 83% eff. but with conditioning and being able to crush finer I went up to 88%! My usual crush is .035" gap tonights crush was .032", I feel I can go tighter given the ease of the sparge with all the husks intact, but at what point am I just getting greedy?

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Old 08-12-2010, 05:14 AM   #2
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Outstanding....you've convinced me to try it! What is your proceedure for moistening the grain before the crush?

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Old 08-12-2010, 06:10 AM   #3
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The process I use involves a 5 gal homer bucket and a spray bottle from the dollar store filled with RO water.. I followed Kaiser's wiki on conditioning and based it on the 3oz water for 11 lb grain ratio, there were no grains glued to the mill, and the crush looked great! I fully plan to condition from here on out.

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Thanks! I've wanted to try this but my chicken sh!t keeps getting in the way!

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Old 08-12-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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Theres is no chance to have a stuck mash with the malt cond. At least dont dry too much the grain !

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Old 08-12-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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I was very pleased with the results, it was like an additional 10 minutes to wet the grain, and for me that was time WELL spent indeed! I will do a few other recipes and see if the results are the same, then I can adjust the grain-bills to compensate. its nice to get that extra batch out of a sack of grain!

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I was very pleased with the results, it was like an additional 10 minutes to wet the grain, and for me that was time WELL spent indeed! I will do a few other recipes and see if the results are the same, then I can adjust the grain-bills to compensate. its nice to get that extra batch out of a sack of grain!
Yep, I usually do it in a cooler the night before a brewday and let it distribute. I also get lazy and quickly measure out 3 oz per 10 lbs of grain. I have done as much as 4 oz per 10 lbs of grain without experiencing any sticking (leaving it overnight may help here so there aren't wetter areas than others).

I also crush much finer than what you have your mill set to(IIRC around 20-22mil), but it looks like it is doing a great job for you anyway, so no real need to tighten it much further.
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I know this about your grain crush & all but....chocolate mint stout?! Any way you could post some more about that? Have you made it before? Sounds very good!

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I think I will crush finer myself, I am interested in seeing how far is too far, I am going to do a search for what gap people are using.

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I know this about your grain crush & all but....chocolate mint stout?! Any way you could post some more about that? Have you made it before? Sounds very good!
I have made it several times, and it turns out great every time, I start with this recipe, I sub 4 oz of debittered black for 4 oz of the chocolate malt, (so instead of 8 oz chocolate malt, there is 4 and 4) I put 2/3 oz of fresh mint into the boil in the last 5 minutes along with 1 lb of lactose. I take another 2/3 oz of mint and chop it up and steep for a week or so in enough vodka to cover it, then that gets strained into the keg when racking.
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