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Old 05-17-2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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Default Bar;ey Crusher! Barley Crusher! Barley Crusher!

As most of you know I was whimpering about my low efficiencies and asking for advice. Several people suggested that it might be my grain crush so I went and bought a Barley Crusher. My last two batches had an average efficiency of 58.18%. With my new Barley Crusher I jumped up to 76.94%! I didn't change anything in my process other than to crush my own grain instead of letting my LHBS do it.

Out of the box my rollers were crooked so they needed to be reset. Not really having a gap number in mind I set it at .035 because, well, actually I don't know why I chose that setting. But after the crush I got a little nervous because it was a noticeably much finer crush than what I was used to getting from my LHBS. At this point it wasn't like I could glue all the little grains back together so I just went ahead with brew like normal.

Before I started my boil my refractometer confirmed that I had some pretty good efficiency. My target OG was 1.062 and I actually came in a little high at 1.065. In any case, I am totally ecstatic with the improvement in my efficiency, thanks to my Barley Crusher. Also, thanks to all of you that advised me to examine my crush. Here's a few photos from today's brew.
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I've been struggling to get ~60-65% with my LHBS crushes. Posts like this make me want to invest in a barley crusher.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:28 AM   #3
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Nice. Looks like a good day! What did you brew? How hard is it to adjust the barley crusher?
I am hoping to get a barley crusher for father's day, but for now I got grain for 2 all grain brews from Brewmasters warehouse this time. His crush looks finer then any of the crushes I've used so far!
I'm hoping to squeeze a brew day in tomorrow while working from home.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:34 AM   #4
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Nice. Looks like a good day! What did you brew? How hard is it to adjust the barley crusher?
I am hoping to get a barley crusher for father's day, but for now I got grain for 2 all grain brews from Brewmasters warehouse this time. His crush looks finer then any of the crushes I've used so far!
I'm hoping to squeeze a brew day in tomorrow while working from home.
I brewed a SnowPlow Milk Stout. It was pretty easy to adjust the roller, two screws and a knob. I could have simply asked my LHBS to do a finer crush, or run it through twice. But milling the grain is part of the process that I wanted to get involved with anyway. Actually, it is kind of fun too.
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Good to hear you got the Effeciency up to where it neds to be. Makes for a better final product.
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I've been struggling to get ~60-65% with my LHBS crushes. Posts like this make me want to invest in a barley crusher.
Do it!!! It will basically pay for itself over time. Better efficiency = less grain used (aka, money savings). Also, you can then buy grain in bulk, saving even more money!
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I don't know why anyone would do all grain without one. Why go to a process where you have complete control, then short change yourself by not controlling one important aspect?
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My Barley Crusher is no the way. After several years of reading posts on here, and sitting on the fence, I finally took the plunge as well. I already have 150lbs of grain in my garage, painful to look at it sitting there and not be able to use it!
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I got one about 6 months back and I love it. Great crush and it has improved my efficiency from mid 60s to low 80s.
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It's next on my list of "Honey, I know I said I had everything I needed, but I really need this..."
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