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Crusher/Destemmer care: Chain maintenance

I want to take care of my crusher/destemmer and am noticing I washed off all the grease from the chain. What lubricant can I put on that chain before I pack it up for next year? Bike chain lubricant?...
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Should I rinse my grapes before crushing?

I picked about 20 5 gal buckets of grapes and will see little white spiders, earwigs, dust, crushed dry grape leaves, little stems, etc in with the clusters. Is it recommended to hose these down ...
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Can wet crushing impede mashing?

Last weekend I tried it. I get considerably less broken hulls, practically whole. Kernel was broken all right. So far so good. I added 0.5 liter of cold water to six kg of malt by pouring it slowly ...
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What does a good crush look like, and does it matter if grains are overcrushed if batch sparging?

I am looking for some advice on what a good crush looks like, and whether it matters on my system. The opinions and pics online are all over the place on this. Background: I am buying small-batch all-...
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Will reducing the mill gap cause haze?

I recently adjusted the gap on my grain mill to give the smallest gap. I was playing around with going as small as possible until I start to cause problems, i.e. stuck mash. I've brewed very ...
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Stuck Mash — New LHBS

I recently found that there was a home brew store much closer to my house than the one that I had been visiting. The new store has a larger selection of grains, yeast, and hops; but I've been having a ...
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What difference does the crush make for steeped grains?

I'm wondering if I need to be mindful of how well my grains are crushed if I'm just using them for steeping. Do I need to get my LHBS to crush my grains or use the rolling pin / bag method? Or can I ...
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For steepers, what's the easiest way to crush specialty grains?

For an all-grain or partial-mash brew, I'll go to the homebrew store and have them mill my grains for me. But extract w/grains brews are all about how short I can make them (because I'll do them on a ...
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Should steeping grains be crushed differently than mashing grains?

Looking at the process for steeping grains I see that it omits a vorlauf. Would crushing steeping grains in the same way as mashing grains produce too much fine particulate? Should wort from ...
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What gap should I set my mill's rollers to?

I just received a Barley Crusher mill - is the default roller setting sufficient for most grain types, or do I need to worry about adjusting it? Do you guys change roller spacing based on what grain ...
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Crushing malt without a mill

What's the best way to crush malt if you don't have a mill at home? How much malt would you venture to crush that way?
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Wet Crushing Grain

What techniques do you use to condition malt? (AKA wet crush) Malt Conditioning is adding a small amount of moisture to grain before the crush. The HomebrewTalk Wiki recommends raising the moisture ...