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Can wet crushing impede mashing?

Brewing textbooks I referred to universally state that the gap between the rollers of the mill needs to be much closer together for wet-milling. You don't mention making any adjustments, so I'll ...
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Should I rinse my grapes before crushing?

One can wash the grapes to remove "detritus from the field" but it is not really necessary unless the grapes are horribly soiled - and then one might ask why one is making wine from them anyway! But ...
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Should I rinse my grapes before crushing?

Why risk contamination? You spend so much on supplies and grapes are a natural product. There can be all sorts of things hidden on them that could destroy your end product.
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Crusher/Destemmer care: Chain maintenance

Any oil will prevent rust, but would not last as long as grease. You can use a vegetable/olive oil for parts that are inside/in contact with the fruit. Bike chain lube is designed to stick to a chain ...
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Crusher/Destemmer care: Chain maintenance

I had a crusher just like that for a long time. You want to use food grade oil or grease. You can find this easily. Olive Oil will work in a pinch. I used Weston food grade silicone spray on many ...
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Crusher/Destemmer care: Chain maintenance

I have found this to be a food-safe option: http://www.petrolgel.com/ Sanitary Petro Gel from McGlaughlin Oil Company. I reapply after each cleaning cycle (after a crush).
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Crusher/Destemmer care: Chain maintenance

The manufacturer indicates the use of grease. Once washing is completed, if the machine is not to be used for a long period of time, proceed as follows: Open the carter that protects ...
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Should I rinse my grapes before crushing?

I know wikihow.com says to rinse. However, the general consensus within the home winemaking community is that washing the grapes will water down the flavor. This is from many posts I've read on ...
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Crushing malt without a mill

One of my earlier attempts was to use a manual pasta maker in place of a crusher. First, I took out rollers and roughed and knurled them as much as possible using a couple files. Then I screwed it ...
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