Grain Mill purchased
Ok, I finally pulled the trigger, and got a Malt mill with the 15 lb hopper from Northern brewer, looks fairly straight forward, and it's a nice little kit. Adjustable at both rollers, and will really help me perfect my crush, I was sick of putting up with a crush that was obviously to fine, or not crushed enough.
Also, I can buy in bulk now, and brew when I want without having to wait for kits. If anyone has any pointers feel free to share them.
Take the handle off and use a cordless drill/driver set on low speed. It only took me two brews to get tired of cranking by hand.
The more you mill the less the numbers on the dial will mean. A good crush is a constantly changing or moving target. a batch of two row may have slightly smaller husks and need a finer setting to crush properly or vice versa. Also the metal of the rollers slowly wears out so you will need a more fine setting on average over the years. But all these things are small adjustments that you will make over the course of time. When milling I always throw in a handful of grain first and see how it looks and figure if I will need to change the setting or not.
Otherwise have fun with your cool new toy. Makes things lots easier when ordering in bulk.
Don't get your tie stuck in the rollers.
hmmmmm, apparently I didn't give this much research, even though I have been thinking about it for over a year, that's not like me.
So, where can I get a sack of Marris otter, and a sack of Belgian pilsner without a 100 dollar shipping charge. My LHBS can get bulk grain, but I did not ask him if he could specifically get these two. With these two bags of grain I can make any beer, any time I want, the trick is to get them.
So, lets here it, where do the Kids with the pumped up kicks get their bulk grain
I think you already answered your question.
I get my bulk sacks of grain at my LHBS. For me that's cambridge homebrew emporium on mass ave.
I used to shop at the woburn store, but they are overpriced and I got tired of hearing less than stellar advice being handed out.
I once priced out purchasing grain from Morebeer and northern brewer. Despite the great prices they have the shipping costs make purchasing local cheaper.
There are a couple guys here that do group purchases with local clubs. They put in a huge order and get a pallets worth of grain delivered. It seems to get fairly cheap that way. I have not gone that route yet. The wort processors comes to mind with that approach. Maybe Wade will chime in.
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