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Old 03-07-2012, 12:15 AM   #11
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I'm willing to bet the guy running the grain crusher and NB does know a thing or two about brewing. The vast majority of the employees are homebrewers. I've seen a video of the keezer that they keep in the break room for employees to bring in their kegged homebrews to sample.

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:38 AM   #12
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No reason to post like this if you haven't even given them the chance to make it right.
Post like what? The grain isn't crushed right and a lot of posts lately have made reference to NB and grain concerns. I made no deragatory remarks, I very much like Northern Brewer and will continue to shop there in the future. If myself and many others are experiencing concerns with grain crush, it is most certainly a topic that should be discussed.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:41 AM   #13
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If you can control it, or otherwise know it's consistent, then you have control. Otherwise you brew mystery beer.

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:43 AM   #14
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So Beerfly ,
Have you contacted Northern Brewer yet? What have they said about the poor service?
It would be a real bummer if they just blow you off....

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:48 AM   #15
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Yes, I have contacted them and expect a reply tomorrow. I told them I enjoy dealing with them and will continue, but wanted to give them a heads up.

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:49 AM   #16
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My comments sometimes sound harsh, but I bet if you had a ' off the record' conversation with a hbs they would say that milling grain for customers is a pita and they wish everyone had their own mill. (even if they do charge extra).

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:53 AM   #17
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Post like what? The grain isn't crushed right and a lot of posts lately have made reference to NB and grain concerns. I made no deragatory remarks, I very much like Northern Brewer and will continue to shop there in the future. If myself and many others are experiencing concerns with grain crush, it is most certainly a topic that should be discussed.
A lot? I did a search came up with one from 2/10/12 for BIAB. It mentioned the same issue you had which is adjusting for a non-husked grain. Please post up some links.

Did you get your issue fixed? Mistakes happen but they can not be fixed unless the person making it knows they are making a mistake. I want to hear what they did to fix your issue which is much more important.

I see you did contact them I assume email, call them it's way faster........
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:54 AM   #18
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Getting ready to dive into all grain for the first time and will be buying all the gear. A grain mill is on the list of must have items.

I hope NB keeps you as a "happy" customer and sends to a better crush....

Brew-on.......

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:14 AM   #19
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+1 on the grind. Northern Brewer does a very poor job of grinding their grain IMHO. My first AG kit from them I didn't re-grind the grain, and I ended up with a very poor efficiency and missed my OG by 4 points on the low side. The second kit I purchased at the same time as the first as they shipped together and my buddy re-ground for me. My buddy took one look at the bag and said that the grind was definitely the problem. I hit over 82% efficiency batch sparging and 4 points high on the OG on the second kit we re-ground. I am going to buy the Barley Grinder and grind myself from now on.
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I am new and only have done 2 AG batches both were kits from NB. I am starting to think my issues with efficiency (54% and 64%) are a result of bad crush from NB.

my water ph is fine and always nailed mash temps w a calibrated thermometer. leads me to believe that NB crush maybe the culprit.

Here's a couple, I'm not looking for any more. I stand by my post and was not being malicious towards NB.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:27 AM   #20
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[Edit]: Nevermind...

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