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Grain Mills


Before any brewing can start, beer makers know that their homebrewing grains should be milled or broken down to tiny pieces before the grains are soaked in hot water to release the malt sugars. The grain mill allows you to crack the grains, yet still, leave the grain husks intact. A suitable grain mill should not grind the entire grains; doing so will give you a porridge-like consistency that can make it challenging to lauter the end product. Reliable grain mills should be able to produce particles between the size of 0.035 and 0.042 inches to allow good fluid flow for the lautering process.

There is a science behind the grain husks. They are essential in achieving excellent lauter. The grain bed forms a filter from the grain material and husk. The latter prevents the grain bed from settling below, thus allowing the water to flow through the grain bed.

As a homebrewer, you have an option to buy pre-crushed barley, but if you want to retain the freshness and full flavour of the grain, crushing your grain is the best option. If you plan on milling whole grains, it requires that you invest in your very own grain mill. Not only will the flavour of your beer be enhanced, but you can also save money from buying unmilled grains over time.
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Here at Ontario Beer Kegs, we have a selection of grain mills from which to choose. If you are handling small amounts of whole brewing grains, you can use a rolling pin, which is very time-consuming. Investing in the Corona-style mill or a roller mill will help you fast-track and automate the process of milling grains. Choose from the different sizes of grain hoppers (available as added options with the roller mills) to accommodate the grains needed for each batch of beer you are brewing.

Shopping for grain mills for your brew station is fun and let Ontario Beer Kegs help you get the job done.