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Old 03-25-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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I got my barley crusher a couple of weeks back and used it for the first time two weeks ago. Great product! I love it. I had read that cleaning it should be done with compressed air. I don't have that option so I had rinsed with water and then towel dried the parts. It seems I didn't dry good enough and there appears to be rouging on the roller in a few spots.

How do I get rid of that? Will it be okay if I use it as is? Are there other options for cleaning the BC without compressed air or should I leave it be in between batches?? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-25-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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I bought a little paintbrush from the Dollar Store. I just use that to brush off the rollers and turn the crank gently.

I don't know how to correct your issue. I've never had water near mine.

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I had read that cleaning it should be done with compressed air. I don't have that option so. . .
You might try looking into the small cans of compressed air that are used for cleaning cameras and computer equipment. I'm not sure about the price, but it is an option.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:06 PM   #4
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Why not shoot the barley crusher dude an email and tell him what you did?

I too use a brush after milling and hit it with compressed air every so often.

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Old 03-25-2009, 01:16 PM   #5
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+3 on the compressed air here.

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Old 03-25-2009, 02:16 PM   #6
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I bought a little paintbrush from the Dollar Store. I just use that to brush off the rollers and turn the crank gently.

I don't know how to correct your issue. I've never had water near mine.
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Who ever told you to rinse the mill with water? I would imagine that the flour would cake on creating a big mess. Get a soft wire brush and clean the rollers.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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I used the sprayer at my sink. It did not cake on, it actually was quite clean afterwards. Just didn't dry as diligently as I thought. I definitely won't make this mistake again!

Thanks for the ideas! I will try to e-mail the guy and ask how to remove. I will also invest in a wire brush to clean it. And the small cans of compresed air is a really good idea...

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Glad you brought this up. I am a bit leery of using water on the BC, so it's be interesting to see what the manufacturer recommends.

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I had read that cleaning it should be done with compressed air. I don't have that option so I had rinsed with water and then towel dried the parts.
Use CO2 if you don't have the compressor option.

I use a large brush, never water, and twice a year the mill gets a good blow.

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