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Old 08-24-2012, 12:44 PM   #11
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Thank's to all for the feedback, I just thought the grind looked finer than when I ordered my grain crushed, I always hit my numbers with that crush. Hopefully I will hit my numbers with factory/.039 gap. One more question, I hand crank the Barley Crusher, and what a pain, I read somewhere that if I would use a drill it should be variable drill, doe's anyone here use a regular drill?

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Old 08-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #12
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I also just got a barley crusher and brewed my first batch.

With it left at the factory setting I almost had a plugged mash tun, it was very slow towards the end. My efficiency improved from 70 to 83.

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Old 08-25-2012, 03:00 AM   #13
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Thank's to all for the feedback, I just thought the grind looked finer than when I ordered my grain crushed, I always hit my numbers with that crush. Hopefully I will hit my numbers with factory/.039 gap. One more question, I hand crank the Barley Crusher, and what a pain, I read somewhere that if I would use a drill it should be variable drill, doe's anyone here use a regular drill?
Pretty much any drill driver with a 3/8" chuck will work. Just don't run it full speed. I tend to go sort of slow and it takes me about 3-5 minutes to get through 15# of grain.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:53 PM   #14
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A low power high speed drill is not desireable...the HF D-handle 1/2" drill, or the Low speed 1/2' spade drill work very well. I would tighten the mill untill there are no grains left uncrushed. Looks like there might be a few in the pics.

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I do suggest checking the gap every few brews. Mine moved a bit in the beginning but stayed set after the first time I readjusted.

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I do suggest checking the gap every few brews. Mine moved a bit in the beginning but stayed set after the first time I readjusted.
Yes agreed check the gap...but i would add to always check the crush visually as a matter of habit, better to spot an issue sooner rather than later...not much you can do when you notice a "coarse" crush while dumping the MT
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Your milled grain looks great too. There are some conflicting ideas on the relationship between milling courseness and efficiency. Loads of anecdotal evidence that finer milling results in big jumps in efficiency, but Briess (malsters) did a very nice, controlled study on the matter that showed that it doesn't make much of a difference at all. To keep from cluttering this thread, I'll just post a link to that here for anyone interested in a discussion of crush vs. efficiency.

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