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Old 10-26-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Corona Mill vs Barley Crusher for BIAB

Ok want to get some opinions on this! My LHBS has adjusted their mill a couple times for me to accommodate my BIAB style of crush, but has had to many issues when adjusting and won't do it for me anymore. So I need to start milling my own grain. I like the price point of the Corona obviously but the barley crusher has its pluses as well! What would be the best option?

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Ok want to get some opinions on this! My LHBS has adjusted their mill a couple times for me to accommodate my BIAB style of crush, but has had to many issues when adjusting and won't do it for me anymore. So I need to start milling my own grain. I like the price point of the Corona obviously but the barley crusher has its pluses as well! What would be the best option?
As a brewer who uses a corona, I would say get a barley crusher if you have the money. I get 80% efficiency with my corona, but it took a while to get it that way. I had to JB weld it together to get any type of consistency out of it. If I had the money, I would get a better mill.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:21 AM   #3
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I BIAB/No sparge and hit 79% efficiency at my first attempt with my Corona style mill. I prefer a finner crush as most BIABer do, but I really do not crush the grains to flour.

I think a BC or MM will be my choice if I would use the traditional way to brew, but for BIAB I like it...a lot.

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Old 10-27-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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I use a Corona style for BIAB and I do get quite a bit of flour, but it hasn't hurt a thing. Irish moss to clean up the wort, and crystal clear beers in the glass. Efficiencies up in the high 80s most of the time unless I mess up the mash temps.

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Old 10-27-2012, 06:11 PM   #5
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2 against 1 so far! Anyone else want to chime in here?

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I usually have my HBS Mill my grains twice. Of course, I did order a Corona mill so I can start ordering my grains in bulk.

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Old 10-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #7
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Get the BC knock off, split the difference the Cereal Killer.

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I've used a Corona mill for 2 years and love it, but as soon as I can afford it, I'll get a BC

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Old 10-28-2012, 04:54 PM   #9
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If you can afford the Barley Crusher get it. It is worth the price premium. I went from 70% efficiency with standard LHBS milling to almost 80% with customized crush with the Barley Crusher. It turns out that the smallest spacing was not best. About 75% on the dial actually worked best for me.

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My .02:

BIAB'er here too, been using the corona for @ 3 years. Dialed in and rigged up as ugly junk I'm getting avg 80%. I just got the cereal killer, adjusted it to .036 and I'm getting 80% over last 3 brews. Only difference between the two at this point appears to be the price tag. I love the CK but for @ $20 I'd suggest getting the corona and spend the rest of your mill budget on ingedients.

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