My efficiency for my last 22 brews.

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Q2XL

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I purchased a barley crusher back in early October and have been getting great efficiencies with it. So, I thought I would go through my Beersmith records and see how it compares to before I was using the crusher. I always batch sparge twice and slowly let my mash tun drain into the brew pot.

With barley crusher--

83%, 86, 84, 81, 81, 68(2nd lager), 80, 78, 74, 80
That comes out to an average % of 79.5%



Pre barley crusher--

79%, 57(first lager), 70, 77, 72, 79, 51, 77, 71, 77, 59, 70
Average=69.9%

So, I did gain about 10% with the crusher. It will pay for itself in due time. I still have room for a lot of improvement when it comes to brewing big beers like dopplebocks.
 

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cool deal I like how you added the empirical evidence to back up all the "OMG BARLEY CRUSHER IS TEH BEST" threads

Thanks!
 

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Waiting to take delivery of my Barley Crusher. I've been using a Corona mill for over a decade and has served me well, just a pita to use. For single infusion I would run in the low 80's and made it to 90 with a double decoction. Part of me is actually afraid to change a good thing but if I didn't say it before, they are a pita.
 

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Why are 'lagers' lower? Were they both really big beers? Did they have weird grains?

My efficiency has been over 80% with every batch using the barley crusher.
 

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Waiting to take delivery of my Barley Crusher. I've been using a Corona mill for over a decade and has served me well, just a pita to use. For single infusion I would run in the low 80's and made it to 90 with a double decoction. Part of me is actually afraid to change a good thing but if I didn't say it before, they are a pita.
Congrats on your new mill. I understand your trepidation, but I don't think you will regret the purchase. I agree, the Corona mill will work, but they are a real pita. My experience with the Barley Crusher has been single infusion mashes consistently at 90% BH efficiency. Of all my equiptment, I would hate to part with it most.
 

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The lager thing may have been because of a special mash... that would be my guess anyhow.

Yes, the BC is nice, and the savings EASILY pay for it when you buy your first 2 sacks of bulk malt.

$36 for (55lb) bulk Pilsner?

$90 for (55lb) NON bulk Pilsner?

$54 savings on a SINGLE sack!!!
 
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