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Old 01-12-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
May 2012
Inglewood, Ca
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So u tried milling my own grains a few batches ago, it turned out terrible. My mill gave an inconsistent crush and the hulls were totally shredded. I got a stuck sparge and ultra low efficiency. I was using the crappiest corona mill possible btw...

I still had one batch of grain left and decided to try malt conditioning... OH MY GOD. Somehow the crush seems consistent, only the endosperm is crushed finely and the hulls are in very good shape. I'm brewing today but I hope to have a good sparge and possibly better efficiency than I got from the LHBS mill... Fingers crossed

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Rochester Hills, MI
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Conditioning malt is one of the BEST things you can do to get a solid efficiency AND guard a little bit against stuck sparges. I don't know why more people don't do it.

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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Taunton, MA
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I havent looked back since i started conditioning
Because God hates it when you drink bad beer

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:18 PM   #4
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Definate +1
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:30 PM   #5
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Yup, adds about 10 minutes the night before my brew. Saves at least 1/2 an hour during my first runoff and then the batch sparge. I don't see myself ever not conditioning the grain.

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #6
Sep 2008
Visalia, CA
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I don't condition my malt and I get 89% efficiency, crush the s#!t outta my grains with my BC, and never have issues with runoff/stuck sparges, even with wits, rye ales etc. Very glad it helps those who need it!
"Good people drink good beer." -HST

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