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Old 09-16-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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Hello to all,

I have read that alots of peoples don't crush the dark grain( Black malt, chocolat malt, roasted barley, etc. ). If I want to do a stout, which have great amount of dark grain, should I crush them or not

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Old 09-16-2009, 04:03 PM   #2
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Crush away! You're not going to get the flavor and color you're looking for if you don't.

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Crush it, the color and flavor is on the inside.

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Never heard of this technique. I'd like to know more about it.

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If its not crushed you'll get nothing from it..

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Hello to all,

I have read that alots of peoples don't crush the dark grain( Black malt, chocolat malt, roasted barley, etc. ). If I want to do a stout, which have great amount of dark grain, should I crush them or not

Thanks

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What is occasionally suggested for dark roasted malts is adding the crushed (can't get anything from them otherwise!) just prior to the sparge; dark roasted malts are very acidic and can potentially swing the pH of the mash out of whack if the conditions are already on the low end. I've never had reason to do this, though Jamil has advocated this for his Dry Stout recipe, if memory serves.
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Crush em! I didn't on my very first batch and my Irish Red turned into an American Pale.

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