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Old 11-02-2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Malt Conditioning... WOW it rocks!

SO, did a little side by side test today with malt conditioning.

Using Kai's information and using 2% water added to the grain before the milling. Wow, here are the photos, unREAL!

Conditioned Malt


NON Conditioned Malt


Side By Side! (Conditioned on the RIGHT)

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Old 11-02-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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I've had very similar results. The crushed conditioned malt feels so fluffy. The downsides I've found are that crushing requires a bit more pressure, the rollers need to be cleaned afterwards since some grain will stick, and the grain bed doesn't filter as well, though. I've not noticed any astringency either way.

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Most definitely! Should take care of your recirc issues handily.

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So what is the benefit?

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I've been thinking about playing with this, did you just spread it out and mist it with a spraybottle or what?

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So what is the benefit?
Keeps the husk intact for improved lautering, for one.
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I didnt have anything stuck to my rollers...

The grain bed filters WORSE? How is that even possible when you have more intact husks? Isnt that the whole point of conditioning malt, to create a more free flowing grain bed????

The benefit is that the grain bed is supposed to flow more freely.

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I've been thinking about playing with this, did you just spread it out and mist it with a spraybottle or what?
Put it in a container, misted it, mixed, misted, mixed... I crushed it by hand (crank) too, worked very!!
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I didnt have anything stuck to my rollers...

The grain bed filters WORSE? How is that even possible when you have more intact husks? Isnt that the whole point of conditioning malt, to create a more free flowing grain bed????

The benefit is that the grain bed is supposed to flow more freely.
I always have some stick.

As for filtering worse, since the hulls are intact, they don't compact as much, and yes, it flows more freely, but small particles make it through at a much higher rate. At least they do in my system.
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Isnt that the whole point of conditioning malt, to create a more free flowing grain bed????

The benefit is that the grain bed is supposed to flow more freely.
That's what I thought but was confused then by KingBrianI's Post.....
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