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Old 05-08-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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After 2 years and 12 batches of extract brews I am ready to jump into all -grain! I have the equipment, and to be on the safe side I'm ordering all-grain kits from AustinHS - I just don't know if I should order milled or unmilled. I'm guessing milled but I thought I would ask here first to be on the safe side.

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Old 05-08-2009, 07:11 PM   #2
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yes, get it milled.....

(unless you have a mill and want to do it yourself)



 
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:11 PM   #3
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do you have a mill/barley crusher? if not you're going to want milled grain

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:13 PM   #4
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Unmilled will result in a fresher grain but as long as you plan on brewing this fairly quickly after reciept you should be fine with milled.
I would go with milled simply because cracking 12 pounds of grain with a rolling pin would suck hard. (Assuming 5 gal batch)
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:18 PM   #5
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Order it milled and while you are at it throw a barley crusher in the shopping cart. It's over 100 bucks but you will pay less for each batch because you aren't paying to get it milled, plus your efficiency will be a lot higher than if you rolling-pin it. Even w/my limited experience in AG I can tell you it's a necessary investment.

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:20 PM   #6
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I have a mill - i use it for specialty grains when we brew extract. But obviously it would be more convenient to get it milled.

I'm ordering 2 kits. First batch will be brewed next Saturday, and so ordering today I should get it a couple days before. Next batch won't be for several weeks after that, so should I maybe get unmilled for my second kit or don't worry about it?

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:24 PM   #7
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Couple weeks? Just keep it cool.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:25 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rockout View Post
I'm ordering 2 kits. First batch will be brewed next Saturday, and so ordering today I should get it a couple days before. Next batch won't be for several weeks after that, so should I maybe get unmilled for my second kit or don't worry about it?
You may get varied responsed here, one of the experts will chime in soon im sure.
Unless you have a LHBS nearby where you could take the grain and mill it when your ready to brew I would order your second batch milled also. Just make sure it is sealed well when your store it.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:32 PM   #9
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So we are assuming you don't have a grain crusher of sorts right? Please don't think you can use a rolling pin but in the case above. You want the grain milled.

Why don't you list out the "all grain" equipment you have recently acquired to start your voyage into AG brewing.

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:33 PM   #10
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If you are getting milled first time, and crushing it yourself the next time, then it is a good opportunity to compare shop V home milling and help you tune in your crush.



 
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