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Old 01-18-2011, 03:36 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-18-2011, 03:45 AM   #2
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if you don't crush it, you can't extract anything out of it. the ale will be thin and light in color

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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.

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

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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

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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
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oh well... live, brew, and learn

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