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Old 02-13-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Buy new grains or crush em myself?

Newbie here....

Forgot to get the grains crushed....

After reading pages and pages on this topic, I attempted and crushed them myself. It took awhile and used a rolling pin just enough where I could see they cracked. I'm sure theyre all not cracked...

Should I make a run and buy new grain that is already crushed or use what I have? The grain is carapils if that matters. Any opinions and attempts to poke fun at the new guy are welcome....thanks

Starting batch #1 tomorrow.


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Old 02-13-2012, 10:32 PM   #2
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I found that having my own mill and the ability to crush the grain myself was invaluable to producing better beer along with increased savings. I usually crush my grain much more than the homebrew shop did and as a result ended up with a much better efficiency. I don't know if you have access to a roller mill before you brew but when I'm in Mexico I use one of these

http://backyardbrewer.blogspot.com/2...malt-mill.html

with good results. You can often find these in grocery stores where they sell whole food/grains. Cheers.

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Old 02-13-2012, 10:45 PM   #3
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I already crushed them ( if you call it that) as instructed , but ya think I should just use them or buy new? It's my first brew and not sure how bad getting a 'generic' crush would have if any. Midwest said no worries, do I trust him??
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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You probably won't hit your og, this will result in lower ABV, but I am not sure if that warrants buying all new grains. It will still taste like beer and be easily drinkable (hopefully).

In the end though, its up to you to decide.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
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if you are just steeping carapils you will be fine - you aren't really getting much if any fermentables from that - mainly just add some body and help with head retention

you can try crushing/rolling them some more if you want - you really just need to crack them for steeping purposes

not worth getting more unless you live really close to a homebrew store
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I used the flat end of a meat cleaver once. Put them in 2 ziplock, 1 gallon bags and tap away.. I plan on getting a corona mill for the future, similar to the one mbird showed..
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if you are just steeping carapils you will be fine - you aren't really getting much if any fermentables from that - mainly just add some body and help with head retention

you can try crushing/rolling them some more if you want - you really just need to crack them for steeping purposes

not worth getting more unless you live really close to a homebrew store
+1+1 I imagine they are steeping grains for use in a kit? Used with extract just for flavor and body? For steeping you can crush as much as you want, no worry about a stuck sparge there. Enjoy your day!
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:34 PM   #8
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I would get those crushed,carapils are about the worst grain along with white wheat malt to crush without a grind mill. Recrush your grains. Ive used a wine bottle /cutting board lined with a paperbag. I could only do a few oz at a time. Youll appreciate a mill once you get one.
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How much grain are you talking about? Are the grains going to be mashed or steeped? What type of grains?
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I've thrown mine in a blender before, slow speed and a little at a time. Just mind it closely or you'll have grain dust


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