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Soulive

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Did you BC owners do the "priming crush" of a few pounds? I noticed, afterwards, that it says to run some grain through it and discard it. What is the point and how much does it matter?
 

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Yeah, I think it's just to make sure that you flush out any little metal shards that might be still hanging around from manufacturing. Or something like that. I didn't do it because I didn't have the grain to spare at the moment.

On a side note, be sure to remove that black rubber ring before crushing. It's used when they're assembling it, but after a few uses, it will come off. If you're not careful, it'll end up in your mash.
 
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Thanks guys, Evan! where is the black rubber thing located? I've probably looked at it, but wanna be sure...
 

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I didn't. Nor did I remove the o-ring. It ended up with 35 lbs of grain for the 8-8-8 RIS, but I can't imagine it hurt anything. Their instructions indicate that it will eventually come off, not to worry about it.
 

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IIRC if you look down into the crusher, you'll see the o-ring around the non-driven roller....black rubberbandy looking thing

edit: if it isnt there, it prb already fell off.
 

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I don't see any reason why the o-ring would really hurt anything if it DID end up in your mash, it's likely a regular buna-N o-ring which should be fine in there - mine fell off in about my 3rd mash and didn't cause any problems. Not a bad idea to just remove it anyway, but I wouldn't lose any sleep over it if it does get lost in your mash.
 

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if that thing gets in your mash, then your batch will be ruined. It'll taste like chewing on a tire tread!














yeah, not really...but I didn't want it in my mash regardless.
 

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I ran a few pounds of malt thru my mill initially so I could dial in my crush.
Evan! said:
On a side note, be sure to remove that black rubber ring before crushing. It's used when they're assembling it, but after a few uses, it will come off. If you're not careful, it'll end up in your mash.
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Yeah, mine removed itself and jumped into the mash the first time I used mine.
 
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