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Old 12-19-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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So i just sold a couple things last weekend on Craigslist, and i finally bought a barley crusher, (which i've wanted for way too long). and when i got paid yesterday, my wife let me buy my first 50# sack of pale malt as well. The barley crusher instructions say that the gap is set at .039 thousands of an inch. my question is this. Since i've never milled my own, what would be a good gap to start? or does barley vary enough in size that you adjust yours frequently? Like so many other brewers on this amazing HBT forum, i always want to try to do things perfect the first time.



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Old 12-19-2009, 02:52 PM   #2
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I would try it as is and see what your efficiency is. This way you will have a base line which to judge from. I would also get a feeler gage and see what the actual gap is verus the listed gap. When I bought mine the gap was preset .035.


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Old 12-19-2009, 03:24 PM   #3
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I set mine at .032, which happens to be the thickness of a credit card.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:59 PM   #4
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.035 - my efficiency is 80-85%
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:10 PM   #5
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I recently bought a monster mill 2.0 The guy said leave it as is it is normally preset at the right thickness for most grains
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:34 PM   #6
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I set my barley crusher to .035 and get a nice crush.
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+1 on .032. I get 80% batch sparging. Get a feeler gauge. Mine came set at the marks and it was .035, not .039 like the factory says. Congrats.
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thanks for the input Gentlemen, you've been more helpful than you know
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I recently did my first batch with my new Barely Crusher. Used factory settings and got 77% eff.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:12 PM   #10
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I just got mine as well. Tightened the gap a bit (~1 O'clock / 11 O'clock) and ended up at close to 86% eff. Overshot my OG by about 10 points, but I also had alot more boil-off than my last session too (first winter batch in CO).


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