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Old 04-19-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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OK, some I'm stepping out from my comfort zone of kits and building my first brew from a recipe (one of Papazian's brown ales). I ordered the steeping grains and realize now that they are whole. Per Papazian's Joy of Homebrewing, you can crush in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin. Is this effective? Also, how crushed should they be? I'm pretty sure pulverized is not the correct answer, but what should I be shooting for?

Finally, the recipe calls for half-pound of crystal malt and quarter-pound of black patent. I bought a pound of each and plan to only crush what I need. What's the best way to store the remainder?

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Old 04-19-2007, 04:13 PM   #2
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Im a newb but they just have to be lightly crushed with a rolling pin or bottle or something. You DONT want them pulverized to a powder

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Old 04-19-2007, 04:17 PM   #3
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Basically you want tocrush them enough to break the husks open and crack the insides. as far as storage of un crushed grains, you can store them in the bags/containers they come in. As long as they aren't crushed they should keep for about a year.
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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Make sure the plastic bag you use is of the thick and strong variety, like a freezer bag. With thin plastic the husks will poke little holes through it and what you get is a big mess.

My other advice is to crush small amounts at a time. With one layer of grain in the bag, you should only need to pass over it 2 or 3 times with the rolling pin. It's time consuming, but you'll get the job done.

Good luck.

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