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Old 04-12-2014, 05:56 PM   #11
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I am looking forward to getting the mill in the mail. I just bought a 50 pound bag of 2 row.

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Old 04-12-2014, 06:12 PM   #12
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Congrats on your purchase! I bought my mill after never achieving better than 65% mash efficiency from the LHBS crush. First mash after milling my own was 85%. There are savings at every turn past the initial investment.

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Old 04-12-2014, 06:18 PM   #13
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I like having my own grain mill because of the process mostly and being able to control the crush. I used to use a drill on my Barley Crusher but just use the hand crank when I brew now. (I haven't brewed in about a year because of an ongoing move) . To me, hand cranking through 10-20 pounds of grain is part of the brewing zen. I weigh out the grains crush them, then weigh hops and package them with the boil time the day before I brew. I think of it as brewing foreplay.

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Old 04-12-2014, 06:23 PM   #14
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I always had to double crush the grain at my LHBS to get 75% efficiency. First batch run through my maltmill was 75% on a barleywine. Even running it too fast with a drill was much better than what I got from the LHBS. I also figure the mill will pay for itself after a few batches from being able to buy bulk grain.

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Compare the cost per pound of the bag you purchased to what you would normally pay for a pound of grain. I bet you'll find that mill will pay for itself in no more than 3 bags, which I would say is a win. I went with a cheap corona mill, and it paid for itself in the first bag.

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:01 PM   #16
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A means of grinding your own grain is a definite step in the direction of further honing your craft. I bought a knock off corona mill 5 years ago and it's still going strong!


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And if you've got buddies or a club you're working with then maybe they could help chip in to defray costs if you let them use it.

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