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Old 07-27-2011, 02:16 AM   #1
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I'm doing my first partial mash and had to mill 2lbs of grain in a blender, because the LHBS wouldn't crush it for me. The blender gave me a full spectrum from uncrushed grains down to flour. So my question is how much of the resulting grains should i use? Should I try to avoid the flour and only use the larger pieces? I'm plaining on doing my partial mash in a grain bag, if that makes a difference.

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Old 07-27-2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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use it all. The bag will keep chunks out of your wort.

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Old 07-27-2011, 02:51 AM   #3
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I'm doing my first partial mash and had to mill 2lbs of grain in a blender, because the LHBS wouldn't crush it for me. The blender gave me a full spectrum from uncrushed grains down to flour. So my question is how much of the resulting grains should i use? Should I try to avoid the flour and only use the larger pieces? I'm plaining on doing my partial mash in a grain bag, if that makes a difference.

Thanks in advance.
Sounds like you need a new LHBS...
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:54 AM   #4
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Sounds like you need a new LHBS...
Yeah, what a joke! A LHBS that wont crush grain for you???? I'd never shop there again. Order online if you have to. Ridiculous.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:44 AM   #5
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use it all. The bag will keep chunks out of your wort.
Thanks for the info. I'll use everything and see how it goes.

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Yeah, what a joke! A LHBS that wont crush grain for you???? I'd never shop there again. Order online if you have to. Ridiculous.

Yeah it was my first and probably last time there. Normally I go through Northern Brewer.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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Customer service these days... you would think a female would typically receive better service from your stereotypical LHBS employee. At my former LHBS my SWMBO went to pick up caps. The guy asked if she was making jewelry! Then proceeded to stick his foot deeper when he asked what she was brewing, she said Imperial Pale Ale, he said you mean an IPA? Don't think she stuttered (never does when I'm in the doghouse).

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Old 07-29-2011, 02:52 AM   #7
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Wow. I've never heard of that. I'm sure if you mention what state your in folks closer to you will chime in with better LHBS. The one i use is in Bethlehem, PA (Keystone Home Brew) and they've always given good crushes to the grains.

You want a store that will not only crush your grains but also pick up the phone and help you problem solve a bit when something goes wrong mid brew session...

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Our LHBS doesn't have a mill but they sell em...but in their defense they were originally a gas station selling wine and beer and started getting into

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Old 07-29-2011, 03:39 AM   #9
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In defense of the LHBS it could be that they couldn't get the proper permit to allow people to crush their own grains. We had a new LHBS open up a few months ago and it took them a while before they were allowed to crush grains because they could not get a permit for it. Not saying that is the reason, but just throwing it out there.

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I've never heard of such a law or permit. Now I'm curious.

Time for research!

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