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Old 11-29-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Getting a mill for Christmas

So SWMBO is getting me a grain mill for Christmas. I can pretty much get what I want, within a budget of around $150-$200. As I've moved to AG brewing this year, I figured it made the most sense as my next purchase, so I can start getting my base grains in bulk and save some money.

I've been doing some research, and have gotten a lot of conflicting reports on different varieties. What I'm trying to come up with is a narrowed list of 2-3 options to pick from. Most of my beers use between 10-20 pounds of grain. I'm probably going to hand crank, which is fine for me, but I might like the option of hooking it up to a drill. Something which comes with a good size hopper is nice because I don't like having to constantly fill it up when I'm milling. Also, one that has the base built in or pre-attached, so I can just slap it on a bucket to mill into would be really helpful.

What are your thoughts on the best options out there? Thanks.

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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For the money I like the Barley Crusher. I use one and it works great!

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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For the money I like the Barley Crusher. I use one and it works great!
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Mine has the smaller of the two hoppers, I think its the 7lbs one. I've never had the hopper size be a problem...makes it easier to store

The crank is removable for the drill. I've never used the hand crank...cordless drill works great.

Good luck!

Edit: it comes with a base and the rubber feet to secure it to the bucket.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #4
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I have a Barley Crusher and used to think that it was the cats meow. However, it's two years old now and has processed maybe 800 lbs of grain & it's pretty much worn out. The problem as I see it is that the rollers aren't hardened and the drive roller's knurls have been rounded and smoothed by use to the point that they don't grab the grain worth a damn anymore. The upshot is that I have to add the grain bit by bit or it just spins away without grinding the grain. I've cleaned & adjusted & lubed it repeatedly. I know that 800 lbs sounds like a lot of grain, but I thought that it would be the only mill I'd ever have to buy. Sadly, Not recommended.

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #5
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Here is a link for a good price and free shipping on the Barley Crusher with 15 lb hopper and base that fits on a bucket.

http://www.homebrewing.org/Barley-Crusher-Grain-Mill-15-lb-hopper_p_1607.html

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I have a Barley Crusher and used to think that it was the cats meow. However, it's two years old now and has processed maybe 800 lbs of grain & it's pretty much worn out. The problem as I see it is that the rollers aren't hardened and the drive roller's knurls have been rounded and smoothed by use to the point that they don't grab the grain worth a damn anymore. The upshot is that I have to add the grain bit by bit or it just spins away without grinding the grain. I've cleaned & adjusted & lubed it repeatedly. I know that 800 lbs sounds like a lot of grain, but I thought that it would be the only mill I'd ever have to buy. Sadly, Not recommended.
I wonder if they would ship you new rollers...certainly would be worth trying. Might even be free. It would be worth it to them just to keep the customer happy.
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I have had the Rebel Mill for a little under a year now and about 40 batches of milling between me and my brewbuddy, and it still works and looks like the day I bought it. I would HIGHLY recommend this mill!

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Rebel-Mill-Grain-Crusher.html

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I love my barley crusher but have only had it for a year (got it for xmas last year) So I cant attest to the durability of it

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Thanks for the info folks.

For those recommending the barley crusher, has anyone else experienced extreme wearing on it? I notice the website says it has a lifetime warranty. Has anyone had any dealings with them regarding use of that warranty or what it entails? Maybe if the rollers wear out they replace them? I have no clue, but would be interested to hear.

Has anyone used the Crankandstein and have advice on it? It's one that I've also been looking at.

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To throw in another option, I love my two-roller Monster Mill--the MM2--powered by a Harbor Freight low speed, high torque 1/2" drill for a relatively cheap motorized mill option. I've put about 400 lbs. through it with no signs of wear or slowing down of the drill.

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