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Old 10-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #11
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I batch sparge and I stir the mash.

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:21 PM   #12
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If you are doing all the things I rattled off and doing them well then you need to evaluate the crush you're getting as a crappy crush will give you crappy efficiency regardless of the rest. Otherwise get a mill and completely control your own process.

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:21 PM   #13
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Ok. Then I'm going with crush. Good luck!

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:55 PM   #14
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So are there any inexpensive grain mills out there.

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So are there any inexpensive grain mills out there.
the Barley crusher IMO is a good deal for a dependable mill. Monster Mills would be a big step up. There is also a corona mill which many people have on the lowest end
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:54 PM   #16
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I think it was around 1.022 at 150 or so degrees. And no it happened on my last ag batch. This time I added a pound of light dime and it really didn't change it.
It doesnt' explain your low OG after chilling, but any reading above 100 degrees is useless (even though you can convert the reading with software). You have to cool the reading to 90 degrees or less in pitcher of ice water, and THEN convert the reading.

next time, cool the sample and then take the reading and correct from there.

Readings over 100 degrees are notoriously inaccurate, and so are useless.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:12 PM   #17
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I am convinced that it was the crush of the grains. I'm going to try a different brew supply and see how that works. Thanks for all the help.

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Old 10-09-2013, 07:04 PM   #18
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I am convinced that it was the crush of the grains. I'm going to try a different brew supply and see how that works. Thanks for all the help.
Do you crush the grain at the LHBS or are they sent to you pre-crushed? Your LHBS should allow you to adjust their crusher if you put it back...be sure to do this because I had forgotten once and 2 guys behind me got a finer crush than they were expecting
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:48 AM   #19
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My local store crushes it for me.

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My local store crushes it for me.
I don't know what their or my LHBS is using, but the one at my LHBS has a little line on the dial and the factory setting has it pointing straight north meeting up with a little another line etched into the crusher's base it looks like. I crush just on the left side of that line. It's finer than the average crush but not dust by any means.

I can take a pic of the crusher and the lines this evening and put it up if you'd like a reference. Crushing for a Friday evening brew.
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