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Grain Mills

Before any brewing can start, all home brewers know that the barley 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 good grain mill should not grind the entire grains, otherwise you will end up having a porridge-like consistency that can make it difficult to lauter the end product. Essentially, 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 that are essential in achieving good 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 bed.

As a home brewer, 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 own grain is the best option. Doing you own milling requires you to invest in your very own grain mill. Not only will you enjoy greater flavour for your beer but you can also save money from buying unmilled grains over time.
Here at Ontario Beer Kegs, we have a wide selection of grain mills to choose from. We distribute Monster Mill and even the traditional Victoria grain mills. There are different types of grain mills that home brewers use for milling. While you can use a rolling pin if you are handling small amounts of grains, investing in the Corona-style mill or a roller mill can help you fast-track and automate the process of milling grains. You can also choose from the different sizes of grain mills so that it can accommodate the amount of grains that you use every time you brew beer.

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