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Old 01-08-2013, 05:38 PM   #11
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I only "clean" mine to get the majority of the sweet dust off. I figure some enterprising ant could find my mill some day and invite all his friends over... otherwise I probably wouldn't bother cleaning it at all.

Running grain through it is just about the best cleaning it gets either way.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #12
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No need to clean. However, a good tip I picked up somewhere was to crush pale malts last. That way, there are no dark grains left on the mill that could impact color of the light lager you brew next.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:02 PM   #13
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No need to clean. However, a good tip I picked up somewhere was to crush pale malts last. That way, there are no dark grains left on the mill that could impact color of the light lager you brew next.
You shouldn't have anything left on the rollers anyway. I usually just mix my grain up either in the bucket, or into the hopper. No issues, at all, with batches this way, after using the chip brush on the rollers. I would also brush the underside of the mill, to get every last bit of crushed grain into the bucket. I want it all for the beer, not left over for the next batch.

If you're concerned, you could just use a can of air (sold for clearing out the dust in computers and such) to blow the mill clean. If you don't have a compressor that is.
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Air compressor outside, I blow it off after each use.

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I condition my malt with a little bit of water to soften the husks a bit and keep them in large pieces. As a result I do get a little build up in the knurling of my mill. Hence the small brass brush. Nylon would be good too, but not a steel wire brush - unless stainless - to avoid any rust issues

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Thanks for all the replys. I'll use a compressor and a wire brush if anything is stuck on

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