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snwmnhntr 07-15-2011 01:51 PM

Hows my crush?
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What do you guys think? Using a barley crusher.

MalFet 07-15-2011 01:53 PM

Your image is too small and too zoomed out to see anything. It looks like your husks are shredded, but it's tough to tell from here.

maida7 07-15-2011 01:57 PM

That looks like a very fine crush. You could run into issues with lautering. Especially is you use a bunch of wheat in the grist. On the bright side you should get very high mash efficiency.

samc 07-15-2011 02:00 PM

Do the malt conditioning technique with that and you will be a happy brewer. 2% water by weight sprayed and mixed into grains, let the surface dry off (some do a few minutes, I prefer longer) and mill.

DD2000GT 07-15-2011 02:23 PM

I would think with that crush you will get a lot of husk tannin in your flavor profile and quite a bit of flour on the bottom of your brew pot. I would back off a little on the plates. You want the grain to be cracked, but the husks pretty much intact.

Germelli1 07-15-2011 02:30 PM

That looks exactly like my crush. I have my barley crusher turned to about the 2:00 position. Never had a problem with lautering and 80% efficiency every time. But the only few batches I have done with the new crusher are in the fermentors so no word yet on "husk tannins" but I have never had a problem with that before.

PS where in VA are you located?

maida7 07-15-2011 02:38 PM

crush is just one factor in tannin extraction. Sparge method, temp, pH, gravity all come into play.

Germelli1 07-15-2011 02:42 PM

Also if you find you do have issues with lautering, a few handfuls of rice hulls go a long way!

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