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Old 07-24-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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I'm going to start my first all grain this Saturday. I was wanting to know when is the best time to crush the grains. I have a corona mill, and want to crush tonight,( Friday) and was wondering if I would see any side effects to crushing a day or two before brew day. I want brewday to go as quickly and smoothly as possible.


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Old 07-24-2009, 12:02 PM   #2
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I usually crush the night before when I am getting all my stuff ready. I cant think this is any different than getting the grain crushed when buying it either online or at LHBS. I wouldnt want it to sit around for more than a couple weeks, but a couple days is no biggie.



 
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:03 PM   #3
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Usually right before I dough in, but lately I have been prepping the night before so I can get things cracking at dawn.

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:10 PM   #4
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Were it me, and it was my first AG, I'd crush the night before so that it was one less thing to mess with on brew day.

And I will often buy grains crushed and not be able to use them for a week or two and have never had any problem. In fact, I brewed Sunday with grains I bought back in May and I don't expect any problems.

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:45 PM   #5
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I usually do it the day of, while my strike water is heating. I've never had any problem doing it this way as I have ample time until the tap water heats up to my desired temp.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:49 PM   #6
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Night before since I got a Barley Crusher. When I crushed at the LHBS I would crush on Wednesday or Saturday for a Sunday brew. Only days they were open.

Inside of a week, I think you're ok. Wouldn't crush any farther out.

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:55 PM   #7
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I have a motorized mill so I usually do it right before mashing. Just fill it, flip the switch, and work on other things. But a couple days out won't make any difference so long as it's kept cool and dry.

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:29 PM   #8
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Night before. I like to get started early and don't want to wake swmbo. I just keep em crushed in my bucket covered over night.

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:34 PM   #9
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You can crush them ahead of time, no problems. You can crush for the next batch too, if you want. Just seal 'em up and toss them in the fridge (cool and dry).

 
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:40 PM   #10
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I usually do it the day of, while my strike water is heating. I've never had any problem doing it this way as I have ample time until the tap water heats up to my desired temp.
This is what I do, too.



 
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