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auto 06-29-2008 10:47 PM

Grain Mill, which one?
 
Getting ready to be fully functional on the all grain front. Would like to keep the price under $200. Suggestions, pros ,cons?

Tankard 06-29-2008 10:56 PM

The barley crusher seems to have the best reputation, and I think you can get it for $119. The one with the larger hopper is $139.

eriktlupus 06-29-2008 11:00 PM

go with the barley crusher

FatDuc 06-29-2008 11:32 PM

I love my Barley Crusher, but don't rely on the hash marks on the adjustment dials. If you get any one of the adjustable mills be sure you have a set of feeler gauges to check and set the roller gap.

I believed the instructions for the BC, and I went from ~70% efficiency to ~59% on the last batch because I trusted what I read. I'm keeping a set of gauges with my BC now.

Other than that it's an awesome mill for the $$, but then again it's the only mill I've ever owned. I have used the Corona type mill from my LHBS to grind steeping grains, back before I went AG, and it worked OK, but if you've got the money I'd suggest getting a roller type mill.

sause 06-29-2008 11:39 PM

I went with a crankandstein since it is about half the price of a barley crusher. Also I was able to make the hopper the way I wanted it.

FatDuc 06-29-2008 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sause (Post 732789)
I went with a crankandstein since it is about half the price of a barley crusher. Also I was able to make the hopper the way I wanted it.

You got a Crankandstein for $60! Holy cow, I missed that special.

findthefish 06-29-2008 11:41 PM

Buy a barley crusher through BeerSmith.com and save yourself $10.

ajf 06-30-2008 12:31 AM

I've never heard of anybody who had a roller mill, and wasn't satisfied with it.
I have a non-adjustable Schmidling mill, and it works great.

-a.

sause 06-30-2008 01:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ma2brew (Post 732794)
You got a Crankandstein for $60! Holy cow, I missed that special.

I did spend about that actually. You could get one right now for $67. Here.

BlindLemonLars 06-30-2008 01:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sause (Post 732789)
I went with a crankandstein since it is about half the price of a barley crusher.

That's a little misleading, since the BC is ready to go out of the box with a hopper, base and handcrank. Those will set you back another $55 from Crankandstein.

I also don't like the sound of "removing, turning and locking eccentric bearings" to adjust the gap.

It does look like a nice product though, if I were custom building a milling station (rather than a small, portable/stowable mill) I'd give them a good look.


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