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Old 07-01-2009, 05:11 AM   #1
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I purchased a Barley Crusher a while back and used it for my first AG brew this past weekend. The thing works fine... no problems... I was just in need of CPR after cranking out 14 lbs of grain

I know that I can hook up my 3/8" drill and turn the barley crusher that way, but that brings up a question in my mind. If I use a drill and crush the grains at a lot faster rate than I would by hand cranking them, would this not create more pulverization of the husks and create more flour than I might really want in the process?

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Old 07-01-2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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Not really. Most of us on here use a drill with the BC. I haven't noticed any problems with mine.

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In that case, I think I'll take the crank off of mine and use the drill next time. It's a good bit of work to hold that mill down on top of a bucket while you crank the grain through.

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Yes, maybe. The solution is to adjust the mill gap to match the mill speed for an optimum crush. This might be easier said than done and you may not need to make any adjustments at all. The only way to tell is to crush some malt and examine it closely and then make adjustments if needed. Grain is not all the same size, but I think most don't make mill gap adjustments for the variations and settle for a compromise default gap setting. I can understand why this is the case because it's a PIA to adjust most of the mills I have seen.

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I have mine at the store hooked to a 1/2 hp 1725 rpm 120 vac motor (ya I know "Overkill" I thought Yuri would be proud) I have it on a Hz reducer turning @ about 25 Hz or so. I spun that damn thing @ 1725 for a week before my reducer came in and I thought the crush was killer. A tad bit flower but just a tad.
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I have mine at the store hooked to a 1/2 hp 1725 rpm 120 vac motor (ya I know "Overkill" I thought Yuri would be proud) I have it on a Hz reducer turning @ about 25 Hz or so. I spun that damn thing @ 1725 for a week before my reducer came in and I thought the crush was killer. A tad bit flower but just a tad.
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Where did you buy the Hz reducer? Was it expensive?

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In that case, I think I'll take the crank off of mine and use the drill next time. It's a good bit of work to hold that mill down on top of a bucket while you crank the grain through.
You can put your knee on the base to stabilize it while you're crushing.

I'm a dumbass...I just figured out last weekend (after dozens of batches with the mill) that the damn thing just spans my MLT and I can omit the bucket and crush right into the cooler.
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I'm a dumbass...I just figured out last weekend (after dozens of batches with the mill) that the damn thing just spans my MLT and I can omit the bucket and crush right into the cooler.

Oh, so you're one of those grain before water types.
I'll bet you have a Mac and drive a hybrid.
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400 RPM is the suggested speed. SO an 18 volt battery powered drill in LOW speed is perfect.

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Oh, so you're one of those grain before water types.
I'll bet you have a Mac and drive a hybrid.
...and it sounds like darth vader breathing.

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