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Old 05-21-2009, 08:48 PM   #11
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....all of my batches were with grain that was barely cracked open and on gross inspection didn't look much different than uncrushed grain.
Good job tracking down your issues and solving your problems. I am amazed how many LHBS sell crushed grain as you described above. How in the hell can you brew with that!


ps: ebay usually has a decent stream of "corona" type mills for a pretty reasonable price. Or a roller mill (Barley Crusher) will work well if you want to spend $130 - $150.

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Old 05-21-2009, 08:56 PM   #12
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Glad to hear someone else from Pittsburgh has just started All Grain Brewing. I followed Bobby_M's Double Sparge, No Mash Out technique and got around 80% on my first AG Batch.

Are you buying your grains in the shop towards the West, or the one known up North?

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Old 05-21-2009, 09:04 PM   #13
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I did my second AG batch last night, and though I had hit 82% efficiency on my first batch, this one was more like 62%. I think I used too much sparge water; I had my temps exactly on, but I was loose with the amount of water and ended up with about a gallon of additional wort and nowhere to put it in the boil kettle. So I ended up pouring it out, while I would've loved to toss it into the kettle and boil it down.

I wish I'd had the good sense to do a second sparge and then make a small beer, but I'm out of fermenters as it is!

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Old 05-22-2009, 01:02 AM   #14
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You could have just put the wort in another container and put it in the boil kettle later.

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Old 05-22-2009, 03:43 AM   #15
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de ronde,

I buy most of my stuff from the shop in the north in Portersville. I live in Cranberry township so I am kind of in the middle of four different brew shops and I find it to be the best in price and they seem to carry most of the products I need. What I really like about the shop in Portersville is they are always helpful and allow me to adjust the grain mill and do my thing. I have not found this at other LHBS in this area.

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