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Old 11-09-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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So I am finally going to break down and buy a malt grinder. My homebrew stores grinder is constantly breaking and then the staff give you **** about it. Can someone give me advice on the best grinder out there for the best price. I just want to make sure what I buy is quality but not super expensive. The only one I really looked at is the one that is linked off of Beersmiths website. Does anyone have this grinder??

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Old 11-09-2009, 01:04 AM   #2
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i have the same mill with the big hopper. just take the handle off and hook up an old drill. works like a charm. one of the best buys ive made

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Old 11-09-2009, 01:11 AM   #3
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You must be talking about the Barley Crusher. A lot of people here have one including me. Its a good mill for a good price. IMO, there are probably better mills out there. The plus is that it comes assembled with a hopper. I had a problem with the main shaft being slightly bent. Some members have never had trouble while other members are plagued by faulty units. The customer service is excellent.

Also, make sure you invest in a low speedd drill. My POS cordless didn't have the juice to turn it.

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Old 11-09-2009, 01:16 AM   #4
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I use a 1965 Black and Decker 1/2" drill. It takes all of it to do wheat and rye. I have a 3 roll Monster mill and love it. Gap stays put, but had to make the hopper. Any mill is better than no mill.

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Old 11-09-2009, 01:22 AM   #5
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Sounds good...looks like I might get the one from beersmith then....where does everyone buy there bulk grain online?

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Old 11-09-2009, 01:27 AM   #6
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I got my Barley Crusher from BrewmastersWarehouse.com. They have flat rate shipping and good prices on grain too.

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Old 11-09-2009, 01:32 AM   #7
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I just recently bought a Pasta maker and converted it into a grain crusher... only cost $16..it works great in my opinion... there is a forum post about it.. check it out
Using a pasta maker to mill grain

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Old 11-09-2009, 01:34 AM   #8
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I use a Corona mill clone I got from Discount Tommy on eBay for $24 delivered. I mounted it in a plastic bucket and drive it with an old Craftsman 1/2" drill. Works like a charm. See it and other homebuilt abominations at http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-ugly-junk-corona-mill-station-90849/index21.html#post1408147

My conversions with this setup run 80%, mas o menos. All I need or want.

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Old 11-09-2009, 02:32 AM   #9
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Mill choice really depends on your budget and desire / ability to DIY. For $130 and up you can get a nice mill that is ready to crush out of the box. Much cheaper and acceptable alternatives exist if you want to tinker.

I am satisfied w/ my Corona style mill, but I am handy, and also realize this may not be the best choice for someone who prefers plug and play for a bit of $$.

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I've got a Jack Schmidling malt mill...it's great. My HBS has been ysing one for 5 years now without problems. and they grind for a small brew pub + customers.

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