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Old 12-08-2010, 11:31 PM   #1
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Default Just got my Barley Crusher.

Milling question. Should I mill my grain dry or should I "condition" the grain first.

Information on conditioning the grain from the Home Brew Wiki is interesting, but curious if anybody actually conditions.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...ting_the_Crush

I plan to start with the mill at the factory setting of .039". Seems that is what most people do. Will be milling mostly Pale Malt and Crystal malt. I'm a pale ale guy.

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Old 12-09-2010, 01:07 AM   #2
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I mill mine dry. BTW if you see a rubber o ring come loose when you rind your first batch or two; don't worry. It is there for shipping only and when it breaks and comes loose there is no problem.


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Old 12-09-2010, 02:14 AM   #3
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Love my barley crusher. Since getting it I went from 65% efficiency to 80-82%
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:16 AM   #4
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Maybe Santa will bring one for me! That's good to know about the rubber o-ring, just in case Santa thinks I've been good.
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:36 AM   #5
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If you batch sparge, conditioning won't do anything for you.

If you are a fly sparger, give it a whirl after a few batches of normal milling. That way you can make a qualitative comparison.
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Love my crusher, I condition my malt. It allows for easier draining during sparging for my system. I condition my malt at 2% water/weight. And then run it through the crusher 1 to 2 hrs after conditioning right before dough in.
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I over-conditioned my first milling with my barley crusher, made a real mess of things. Just did my second batch last weekend, ran it through dry and I got 77% brewhouse eff. and something like 93% conversion eff.

Conditioning only seems worth it if you are going to crush much tighter than factory settings. Since the purpose of conditioning is to keep the husk intact while getting a very fine crush of the endosperm.
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If you batch sparge, conditioning won't do anything for you.
Please explain.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:28 PM   #9
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http://www.braukaiser.com/wiki/index...t_Conditioning

It would appear to me that the sparging technique shouldn't matter. The purpose of conditioning is to help with the lauter. When batch sparging you need to recirculate again to re-set the grain bed.
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16 more days until I get my BC


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