so i've brewed about 15 batches so far. after getting efficiencies in the 60s for my past batches, i finally decided to wise up and get a barley crusher.
all i can say is wow. my efficiency shot up to 75% with this last batch, and i didn't do too fine of a crush. after comparing pictures of how my grains were crushed by my LHBS to the crush using my own malt mill, it is clear as day how many lbs of grain my LHBS was cheating me out of.
i also feel more in touch with my beer knowing that i crushed every grain. maybe one day i can harvest and malt my own grain.
i'm going to be tightening up my crushing gap for next batch and hopefully i can get into those legendary 80s i've heard so much about.
i'm convinced that a proper malt mill should be one of the first items on the "to get" list for every new brewer.
1) 8+ lbs kettle
2) kegging system
3) malt mill