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Old 09-08-2009, 05:09 AM   #1
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Default How's my crush?

Just got my corona style mill station set up Monday. Put about 1/3rd # through to see how the crush was. How's it look?

Comparison, Victory (I think) from brewshop on left. My MO on right crushed by my mill much finer? Look okay?

Just my crush. Too fine? Okay? Too chunky?

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Old 09-08-2009, 05:29 AM   #2
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I dunno, I see shredded husks and what appear to be several whole, unmilled grains in that picture. That seems like the worst of both worlds; low extraction and lots of tannins.


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Old 09-08-2009, 05:39 AM   #3
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yeah you need to go finer, but don't worry about the tannins.
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The comparison shot is probably more indicative of the crush. It's a HUGE diffference between the store crush and mine! Isn't it??? The bottom one has only 1 whole grain in it, the others are pieces/cracked.

I don't know it's got way more white than I've ever brewed with before, that's my worry. Anyone got pics of their crush for comparison... something to make me feel better?

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Holy crap I didn't realize the shot on the left was supposed to be milled grain. That's a terrible crush. Pretty much anything you do will be an improvement over that.
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Holy crap I didn't realize the shot on the left was supposed to be milled grain. That's a terrible crush. Pretty much anything you do will be an improvement over that.


Exactly!!!
I've added my build to the "Fugly Corona" thread in the DIY forum. But hey the crush on the right at the top is mine... looks good? bad? I'll have to admit the one below it doesn't look that good, but I took it out of the top of a baggie(getting large pieces) then grabbed some from deeper in to get a better reference. I may try to post another pic tomorrow or perhaps just delete/ask to judge from the top. I dunno.....

Schlante,
Phillip

Ps Btw I've been getting up to 80% eff. with that crappy crush from the online shop!
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the crush in the first picture on the left is unmilled grain IMO. The crush in the second is way to coarse. You have whole kernels still.

Here's a pic of a crush that is about where mine is at from another thread on the same topic.



http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/coro...please-133814/
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I tend to asgree. The first photo on the left cannot be crushed, because the kernels look whole. Any store that tried selling that as crushed grain would have people complaining before they left the store.

The crush photo needs to be closer, it looks a little coarse. Here is the BC crush that has been giving me and others 80% and up for a while now.




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Hey folks - I just brewed an IIPA (all grain) - but the OG was way too low. Everything went according to plan, ended up with slightly more than the planned 5 gallons, but should not have had this drastic of an impact. And of course, I've nailed the OG in other batches. The only problem I can think of was the grain crush - we had the brew shop do it. And upon examining the grains of the next beer we have ready to go (also crushed at the shop, within minutes of the IIPA), I believe some of you more experienced guys would say it's too coarse, when comparing to the posted pics. Any suggestions? Should I get out the rolling pin and do some more crushing in a cookie sheet or something?
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The only problem I can think of was the grain crush - we had the brew shop do it.
Without a doubt that's the problem. Is this your first batch? Will they be doing all your crushing? If so lower your efficiency numbers. You could always take it back, and ask them to run it through the mill again. A rolling pin really isn't worth the effort.


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