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Old 08-03-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to this forum. I have a northern brewer irish stout kit. It has a bag of roasted barley. It needs to be crushed. I dont have a grain mill but I have a coffee bean grinder. Would that be ok?

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Old 08-03-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
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With the small amount, just put them in a ziplock bag and go over with a rolling pin. The grinder will chop them up way too much.you just want to crack them.

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Old 08-03-2010, 03:24 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks I'll do that. I wanted brew up that stout today.

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If you do try the rolling pin technique, don't mix the grains you are crushing. Dark roasted grains will crush faster and easier than the lighter grains. I did this for a porter and all my black patent was pulverized but my crystal stayed whole; the beer was an astringent mess.

I found the rolling pin technique to be a PITA, so I bought a corona mill. I love it.

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or if you want to avoid the hassle of a rolling pin all together, drive on down to your nearest LHBS and use their mill, no worries at all.

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I use a mortar and pestle for small amounts of grains. I like using this instead of a coffee grinder since the grains get cracked, but the husk stays intact. I found that the coffee grinder just chopped everything up.

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a burr grinder might be an acceptable option (albeit for low volumes of grain).

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or if you want to avoid the hassle of a rolling pin all together, drive on down to your nearest LHBS and use their mill, no worries at all.


That's exactly what I was going to say. Have your local home brew shop crush it for you.
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