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Old 07-15-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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What do you guys think? Using a barley crusher.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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Your image is too small and too zoomed out to see anything. It looks like your husks are shredded, but it's tough to tell from here.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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That looks like a very fine crush. You could run into issues with lautering. Especially is you use a bunch of wheat in the grist. On the bright side you should get very high mash efficiency.

 
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:00 PM   #4
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Do the malt conditioning technique with that and you will be a happy brewer. 2% water by weight sprayed and mixed into grains, let the surface dry off (some do a few minutes, I prefer longer) and mill.

 
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:23 PM   #5
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I would think with that crush you will get a lot of husk tannin in your flavor profile and quite a bit of flour on the bottom of your brew pot. I would back off a little on the plates. You want the grain to be cracked, but the husks pretty much intact.

 
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:30 PM   #6
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That looks exactly like my crush. I have my barley crusher turned to about the 2:00 position. Never had a problem with lautering and 80% efficiency every time. But the only few batches I have done with the new crusher are in the fermentors so no word yet on "husk tannins" but I have never had a problem with that before.

PS where in VA are you located?
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:38 PM   #7
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crush is just one factor in tannin extraction. Sparge method, temp, pH, gravity all come into play.

 
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:42 PM   #8
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Also if you find you do have issues with lautering, a few handfuls of rice hulls go a long way!
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