Oh well I went ahead and used them. Some looked cracked, but I didn't specify that I wanted them crushed, so I dunno. I got alot of the smells and stuff, but it was my first homebrew so I have nothing to compare it to. There was a quite a bit of for lack of a better word crushed dust material of the grains. Does anyone, who has made a kit from NB know if they crush them for you if you don't ask them to? I didn't know a wine bottle would work, but I just used them like they were.