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Old 08-29-2008, 02:49 PM   #1
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any grain falling through the gaps in the corner of your mill?






Last night I was crushing up some grain for a starter and when I poured it into the hopper I heard grain falling in the bucket. I was like wth? so I started gently moving the hopper and heard more hitting the bucket. After raising it up I realized it was coming though those gaps in the corner and falling over the back side of the roller. Quite a bit came out so I started thinking, how much of grain is making it through not crushed? I noticed last weekend I had some un-crushed grain in my mash and now I know why.

Just wondering if any other BC owners have noticed this or maybe you can test it and see if you get the same results.

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Old 08-29-2008, 02:56 PM   #2
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I only get a few grains falling through when I first fill the hopper. once there is at least an inch depth of grain this stops unless I move the rollers backwards.

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It seems to me that they could have turned the bottom edge of those side panels inward by 1" above the two longer sheet bends to avoid the whole problem. I bet starting the rollers turning before dumping in the grain would help.

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I only get a few grains falling through when I first fill the hopper. once there is at least an inch depth of grain this stops unless I move the rollers backwards.
Same here. A few grains out of 25 pounds (even 10 pounds) though is a drop in a bucket.
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mine does the same thing but it doesn't seem to really matter. I usually hit around 80% efficiency.

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Same here. A few grains out of 25 pounds (even 10 pounds) though is a drop in a bucket.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:19 PM   #7
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+1 on 80% efficiency with the BC.

The only time I had a big problem with the BC was when I accidentally ran my drill backwards.

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I am not saying it's not doing its job but I was a little surprised to see so many grains slipping through. I would be nice thought if it was sealed up all the way across.

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Hve you tried recovering these grains to see if they are a little smaller than the other grains?

I have a few grains fall thru too. I'm still using factory gap setting, and hit about 75% efficiency. I do plan to narrow the gap a tiny bit so I push in to 80% though.

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