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Old 11-21-2012, 05:31 AM   #41
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Consistently getting 60-62% from both my LHBS and NB. I keep changing one thing, giving it another go, checking, and pressing on. Really a bummer, time to review everything again.
If you are not milling your own grain, that is the most likely cause. I did the same thing as you; went through my process step by step to find the issue... came down to my crush.

Bought a mill, went from the low 60's to 78% on my last batch.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:11 AM   #42
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I suppose that's the next step. So much gear in this tiny apartment, I was hoping that I could avoid it. I'll start saving.

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:01 PM   #43
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I suppose that's the next step. So much gear in this tiny apartment, I was hoping that I could avoid it. I'll start saving.
Bucket-mounted Corona mill takes up no extra space if you nest it inside another bucket you already have. Don't let anyone tell you they don't make good beer, either. I use one, as does Revvy and countless others. $30 shipped=can't beat it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:10 AM   #44
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82-85 %

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Old 11-23-2012, 05:19 AM   #45
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I'm in the 80s since getting my own mill. The turning point for me was when the LHBS gave me some bad milled grains a few times in a row.... In the 50s.

I condition most of my batches before milling and set the gap real tight - about 0.032". I use a Grain bag like BIAB so I don't need to worry about stuck sparges, even if I get a lot of flour. It's been working like a charm.

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Old 11-23-2012, 01:45 PM   #46
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I've only been getting around 75%, but I'm happy with that. I just formulate everything around that. I recently got a 55% and I was freaking out. A few weeks later I was at my LHBS and saw the owner replacing the mill. I asked him why and he said 'the old one sucks'. Right there I realized just how important a good crush can be.

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Old 11-23-2012, 03:09 PM   #47
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I get about 75% with grain crushed by my LHBS. I'm satisfied with that.

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Old 12-02-2012, 10:25 PM   #48
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Grasshopper, you are missing the point.

It is not important what your efficiency is, it IS important that your efficiency be consistent!

(Mine is allways a couple of points around 75%)

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:05 AM   #49
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Agree.
I would rather have constant 70% than unsteady 80s%.

So far I am in 75-80% range, but I am still managing my process to keep it continuous.

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:56 PM   #50
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Yesterday's brew was 89% efficiency into the fermenter. A bit higher than normal, but not much.

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