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Old 12-06-2008, 03:38 PM   #1
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A few days ago I got my Barley Crusher from the Brown Truck guy. I used it for the first time yesterday. It worked like a champ right out of the box. I put a heavy duty 1/2 drive drill on it and went to town. I normally get 64% efficiency when the LHBS dude crushes my malt. Yesterday I got 81% on the factory direct setting. This may be the best investment I've made since I built my MLT.

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Old 12-06-2008, 03:44 PM   #2
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A few days ago I got my Barley Crusher from the Brown Truck guy. I used it for the first time yesterday. It worked like a champ right out of the box. I put a heavy duty 1/2 drive drill on it and went to town. I normally get 64% efficiency when the LHBS dude crushes my malt. Yesterday I got 81% on the factory direct setting. This may be the best investment I've made since I built my MLT.
Nice to hear. Congrats!

I'm hoping that I'll get a similar bump when/if I get mine. I've been laying it on pretty thick for a Christmas gift so.... fingers crossed.
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:56 PM   #3
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I got the same results. Isn't it amazing what a decent crush can do! Anybody wondering if they should crush their own, what are you waiting for?

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Old 12-07-2008, 10:20 PM   #4
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I got the same results. Isn't it amazing what a decent crush can do! Anybody wondering if they should crush their own, what are you waiting for?
I can save by cutting two pounds off my grain bill. With BeerSmiths calculations it saves me two pounds of grain off of my Pale Ale and IPA recipes.
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Yep, the Barley Crusher rocks. Got one last year for Christmas!

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Old 12-08-2008, 07:04 AM   #6
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I'm hopefully getting one for Christmas. Can't wait to be able to crush my own grains.

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Old 12-08-2008, 12:31 PM   #7
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I love mine and best of all it is made just 2 towns over from me. I drove there and picked it up from Randy.

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I just used mine for the first time on Friday. It was awesome- so I decided not to make my life too easy, and hand cranked it. It was a small grain bill, so it was fine. For a larger grain bill, though, I'll drag out my drill.

My efficiency (normally 68-70% with AHS grains) was 89%. I was expecting it to be higher than normal anyway, so I just made 5.5 gallons. I'll be looking at reducing my grain bills slightly now. I have to say, though, that I used the factory setting, and that grain was really crushed. Big difference between what I had and the grain I've received from the LHBS or AHS.

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Old 12-12-2008, 03:09 AM   #9
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Mine should be on my doorstep tomorrow after I get home from work. Weather permitting icey tonight. Looking forward to the brew day on Wed. Should I plan a recipe for a high eff or should I plan on the same 62% as always and adjust after on the next batch until I get everything dialed in. If i plan for a Pale Ale and see the numbers after the mash are more in line for a IPA I can always adjust the hops in the boil. I think I answered my own question.

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Old 12-12-2008, 04:50 AM   #10
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where did yall buy em??

did ya go fir 15#, or 7lb version?

looks like a nice toy. santa says i was good, and i can order it! (shhh, she is asleep right now).

dad-gum-it... i am buying a new stand alone burner, and real size brewpot... i dont think i was good enough this year to get all of that, plus a barley crusher

damn "credit crisis" has everyone skeered, even me. guess it waits...

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