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Benefits of Buying Milled Homebrewing Grains

Whether whole or milled, brewing grains are one of the most important ingredients in making beer. They provide starch or sugar that is used by yeasts and converted into alcohol. When purchasing your grains you do have options, intact whole grains or milled grains.

Milled grains are used during the mashing and lautering process. Crushing the grains break them apart resulting in a ground meal called grist. It is important that the grain is crushed properly, so that it will be easy to separate during the lautering process. In fact, crushed grains should still have its husks intact so that they can still be separated in the lauter process. (more info below)

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Never underestimate the benefit of well crushed grains. If your milled homebrewing grains are too coarse, then the flavour of your beer will be very weak. If you crush them into a flour-like texture, then they becomes so fine that they will be stuck during the sparging process. Moreover, the presence of too finely crushed grains can create a hazy or cloudy looking beer.

An efficiently crushed grain does not produce a flour powder, it just separates the kernel from the husk. To allow for better flow through the grain bed, the endosperm should be broken, but not separated from the husk. This can lead to better conversion of starch to sugar, as well as encourage the necessary enzymatic reactions.

You can mill your own grains by using a mortar and pestle or by using a grain mill, which we do have available on our website. However, milling and crushing your own grains requires some precision and can be time consuming. So....if you are still new to all grain brewing, your best option may be to purchase fresh milled grains.