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Old 04-26-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default Crush advice (new to milling my own)

So I got the barley crusher this past week. I have a good corded drill so I can hook it up to it. I left it at .39, I was reading a lot of people set it at .35 but I thought I'd try it set to .39 and see what people thought, I have a little idea of what it's suppose to be like, crushed but with husks still in tact? I've used LHBS for my previous and only 2 AG batches.

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Looks ok but I'd probably go a bit finer.


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Old 04-26-2013, 11:40 PM   #3
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For me when I adjusted my mill I ground each batch a little bit finer until I was on the edge of a stuck sparge and then locked it down. I also throw a couple of handfuls of rice hulls in every batch to insure no stuck sparges....I hate stuck sparges
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Crush until you are scared.
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The pic on the left looks better.

I kept going finer on each brew until I got a stuck sparge(took 4 brews to get there). Then back it off a touch n throw in some rice hulls.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
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The pic on the left looks better.

I kept going finer on each brew until I got a stuck sparge(took 4 brews to get there). Then back it off a touch n throw in some rice hulls.
How much rice hull do you guys throw in an average mash?
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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How much rice hull do you guys throw in an average mash?
Half pound should do it. Based on a 5 gal batch.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #8
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That crush looks good. If you batch sparge, you could go a lot finer though (I do).

I haven't used rice hulls in years. Not sure why, but my system does't require them, even for rye and wheat beers.
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I do batch sparge. I think I'm going to drop it down to .37 tonight before milling for tomorrow's brew day!
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I'm tightening my mill all the way then.... not sure what it's on right now, but it looked less ground than yours on my last batch. horrible, horrible efficiency on that brew. and I just got some rice hulls included on an order by mistake, so I can start using those...


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