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Old 03-06-2012, 02:03 AM   #1
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Default Do you need to grind your malt?

I'm sorry if there is already a thread like this out there, but I couldn't find one. I have done two extract brews and want to move to AG. I was wondering if I have to grind the mat I get at my LHBS. and if so what is the best meathod if I do not have a mill? thanks!


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You don't grind the malt you crush the malt.
And your LHBS should be able to do this for you if you don't have a mill.

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Grind or crush both work. Crushing is better, but I would call the Corona mill more of a grinder than a crusher, and it works great for me.

If you don't have a mill of some sort, it's usually best to have them crushed at your LHBS. If you are adventurous, you can crush small amounts of grain with a rolling pin. I wouldn't recommend that since it is very labor intensive and you get varied results.
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The grain definitely needs to be crushed - otherwise you will not be able to extract the starches, sugars, and enzymes inside the grain. And without the starches, sugars, and enzymes, you're going to find it difficult to make beer. I always have my grain milled at my LHBS.
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most LHBS will crush your grain for you if you ask them to.
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Thanks everyone! I'm just a little worried since my LHBS is just a liquor store with a homebrewing section with a bunch of people that can't answer my newbie questions I throw at them haha, but thanks! I hope they have a crusher
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Let me ask a stupid question... I have switch to a new supplier. They are dirt cheap. Problem is, they won't grind my malts for me. So.... could I used a coffee grinder or a magic bullet for this? Otherwise I am SOL....
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Look into getting a mill? You can get a simple corona mill for pretty cheap. Works well enough for me. The malts will stay good for quite awhile left uncrushed so there is no rush to brew these malts up.
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Since I do BIAB partial mash,I need a finer crush. I use an old mini food processor. Fill it about half full of grain,then pulse 3 times at about 2 seconds per pulse. Using a paint strainer bag rolled around the lip of the BK/Mt,I can stir the mash for high efficiency. Works great so far.


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