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aidan 01-18-2011 02:36 AM

Is crushing steeping grains essential?
 
As I was watching a YouTube video it just reminded me that I totally forgot to crush my 250g of medium crystal that I used in my American Pale Ale recipe that I brewed up last week. Does crushing the grains actually make much difference in the amount or quality of extraction during steeping?

lumpher 01-18-2011 02:45 AM

if you don't crush it, you can't extract anything out of it. the ale will be thin and light in color

Ace_Club 01-18-2011 02:47 AM

+1

Bigjuicy 01-18-2011 02:51 AM

Yup you gotta crush em...if you don't have a grain crusher you can just use a rolling pin and a zip lock bag. Just fill the bag so that you have a single layer of grains. Just role the rolling pin over it to crack the grains. You don't want to pulverize it into flour.

aidan 01-18-2011 02:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lumpher (Post 2560693)
if you don't crush it, you can't extract anything out of it.

I tasted the grains before steeping - they tasted sweet. I tasted the spent grains after steeping and there was no sweetness at all. So I must have at least got something out of them, right?

lumpher 01-18-2011 03:06 AM

you will get some out of it. i'd expect maybe 10% of what you should have at best

superjunior 01-18-2011 03:09 AM

did you get your grains from a bulk source or were they in one of those little pre-packaged bags? some of those bags come pre-crushed

aidan 01-18-2011 03:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by superjunior (Post 2560754)
did you get your grains from a bulk source or were they in one of those little pre-packaged bags? some of those bags come pre-crushed

no, I specified uncrushed so they would keep longer

lumpher 01-18-2011 03:11 AM

oh well... live, brew, and learn

aidan 01-18-2011 03:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lumpher (Post 2560745)
you will get some out of it. i'd expect maybe 10% of what you should have at best

bummer...


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