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Old 09-21-2005, 10:58 PM   #1
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I'm making my first brew thats not all extract, but I don't have a mill. I'm worried about how I should break open the grains without a mill. Anybody out there have any tips for me?


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Old 09-21-2005, 11:09 PM   #2
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Where'd you purchase the grain? If you bought it at your local homebrew store, then you could bring it back to the store and have them grind it for you. Most homebrew shops have a grinder, and they'd be happy to assist you. Other than that, you can do your best to crack the grain (if it's a small amount) with a rolling pin, but that doesn't do the best job, and it's a pain in the butt.



 
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Old 09-21-2005, 11:33 PM   #3
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In a pinch you could spread a little at a time into a big ziploc bag and crush it with a rolling pin.

I did that one time with some grains I was steeping. If you've got alot though--find another method. Its tedious.
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Old 09-21-2005, 11:59 PM   #4
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Sounds good, I only have to mill a pound total but I'll just take the time with a rolling pin.

On a totally unrelated subject, ORRELSE- chile beer? I've heard of it but never had it. Have you made it before? If so how was it?
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:09 AM   #5

If only a pound, then do what ORRELSE suggested, which is exactly what I used to do. Put the grains in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin. It works reasonably well.

 
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Old 09-22-2005, 02:54 AM   #6
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I use this method because I'm a tool. But my suggestion would be to add a little bit at a time, so you don't overcrush some and not crush others. I add about a cup at a time, roll it, empty the bag and start the next cup, etc...it is tedious.
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Old 09-22-2005, 04:54 AM   #7
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Have the place you buy it from mill it for you (it's a free service). While I don't think it's that important in an extract based batch it is if you're doing an AG batch. Milling it too coarse or too fine can cause a lot of problems. I say leave it to the professionals.. it isn't worth the hassle. I think the only people who generally mill it themselves are the die hard enthusiasts and those who buy in bulk.

 
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Old 09-22-2005, 04:59 AM   #8
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I tried the Ziplock Rolling Pin method on coriander. Man was I pooped afterwards. I found it best to use the handle of the rolling pin like a hammer.

If you need help cracking your grains, you should try to find that dude, Jimmy. From what I heard, Jimmy crack corn, but I don't care.
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Old 09-22-2005, 06:43 PM   #9
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If you need help cracking your grains, you should try to find that dude, Jimmy. From what I heard, Jimmy crack corn, but I don't care.
Oi... thats a groaner........
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Old 09-23-2005, 12:36 AM   #10
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Bender crack corn, and he is great...
...take that you stupid corn!!


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