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Old 08-15-2012, 08:15 PM   #11
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I bought a Barley Crusher last year. My efficiency prior, having the grains crushed by NB or Midwest, was all over the place. I instantly was getting a consistent 79% efficiency except for my wheat heavy brews (hefeweizen, etc). I know the kernels are smaller so for the last 2-3 brews (not just wheats) I adjusted the gap a little tighter and have now been getting a consistent 81% efficiency and no stuck sparges so I'm leaving the gap as it is. Since you have a Crankandstein you can definitely get higher than 73%.


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Old 08-16-2012, 12:36 PM   #12
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That's $8.00 in savings over buying premilled grains.
Oops, I didn't realize you meant savings per batch. I thought you were adding up the total each batch costs since buying in bulk


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Old 08-16-2012, 06:52 PM   #13
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Maris Otter is a great one to buy a bag of too, but I find that it's easy enough to mimic it with other malts.
Ooooh, how do you do that? I just bought a sack of 2-row and would love to still be able to make my favorite recipes which call for MO (silly LHBS was all out).
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:14 PM   #14
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Ooooh, how do you do that? I just bought a sack of 2-row and would love to still be able to make my favorite recipes which call for MO (silly LHBS was all out).
I have bought MO and loved it. But I hate the trip to the LHBS, so I often do with what I have on hand, which is just about everything other than MO.

The last time I went through my english beer phase, I used pale malt and victory malt in a ratio that gave me the same color as the MO. Maybe replaced 10% of the pale malt with victory, don't remember.

I've read that you can get very close by replacing 15% of the pale with 10% munich and 5% carapils, but I haven't tried that (yet!).
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The last time I went through my english beer phase, I used pale malt and victory malt in a ratio that gave me the same color as the MO. Maybe replaced 10% of the pale malt with victory, don't remember.

I've read that you can get very close by replacing 15% of the pale with 10% munich and 5% carapils, but I haven't tried that (yet!).
Thanks! That's exactly the sort of thing I was looking for.
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I have the Barley Crusher and love it. 5-6 minutes for 15 ish pounds of grain. I buy in bulk but not the sacks but really want to. At least a sack of 2 row and then get the specialty malts as i need them but space is a problem and I'm not sure the best way to save them. I guess I could get some of the pet food conatainers (got one already that is great and holds about 25 lbs.) but I'm gonna think on this. $.80 a pound is pretty dang good.

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My LHBS won't discount 50lb sacks....I just asked. But, his prices are very good compared to the big online stores.
I think Northern Brewer has some grains that are included in their $7.99 flat rate shipping. Can anyone confirm this? If so, I don't know how they do it. Shipping is expensive and UPS/FEDEX are filthy rich.

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My LHBS won't discount 50lb sacks....I just asked. But, his prices are very good compared to the big online stores.
I think Northern Brewer has some grains that are included in their $7.99 flat rate shipping. Can anyone confirm this? If so, I don't know how they do it. Shipping is expensive and UPS/FEDEX are filthy rich.
I get 55# sacks off the truck when my local microbrew gets pallets. Look into that. By far your cheapest option.

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I often hear the argument that few efficiency points is not worth the justification for purchasing a mill, however I'd have to totally disagree with this. Not only are batches and mash efficiencies incredibly consistent, but I now buy my grains in bulk at a cost of $.78 per pound compared to a $1.40 per pound. Right there I'm easily at about $8.00 per batch and I've run roughly 25 batches through the mill. The way I figure thing my malt mill has paid me $60 so far and will continue to make me $8.00 per batch.
If you save $8 per batch and have done 25 batches, haven't you saved $200 instead of $60?
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If you save $8 per batch and have done 25 batches, haven't you saved $200 instead of $60?
The mill cost $140


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