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Old 09-12-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about buying a grain mill, although I haven't decided yet. I was looking at e-bay and there are a number of Corona-style mills posted there, most seem reasonably priced. I was wondering if anybody has any comments on the ads below, specifically. I would also be interested in hearing about any alternative devices or suppliers.

Cereal & Multi Grain Mill new kitchen ware - eBay (item 260473466852 end time Sep-16-09 18:15:12 PDT)

XXL Grain/Corn/Cereal Mill/Grinder/Flour/Wheat/Nut - eBay (item 400072380135 end time Sep-16-09 18:00:00 PDT)

Cast Iron Corn, Grain Nut Grinder Coffee Mill Kitchen - eBay (item 230376632525 end time Sep-14-09 03:44:14 PDT)

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:26 PM   #2
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While some on these forums use Corona style mills with great success, they're usually not recommended. They tend to shred the husks if not adjusted correctly and that leads to tannin extraction. You want to crush the grains and leave the husks intact. Personally, I use a Barley Mill but any of the reputable mills for homebrewing will last you a lifetime if used correctly.

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I also spotted this guy on e-bay. It claims to be a crusher or grinder. Maybe if it could be used in "crushing" mode, it would work OK? Anybody have any experience or knowledge of this beast?

Norpro/Shule Grain Grinder Crusher Mill NEW - eBay (item 370238889663 end time Sep-30-09 17:13:09 PDT)

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I also spotted this guy on e-bay. It claims to be a crusher or grinder. Maybe if it could be used in "crushing" mode, it would work OK? Anybody have any experience or knowledge of this beast?

Norpro/Shule Grain Grinder Crusher Mill NEW - eBay (item 370238889663 end time Sep-30-09 17:13:09 PDT)
Discounttommy has them listed on ebay again for about $30 shipped.

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Old 09-13-2009, 02:17 AM   #5
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I also spotted this guy on e-bay. It claims to be a crusher or grinder. Maybe if it could be used in "crushing" mode, it would work OK? Anybody have any experience or knowledge of this beast?

Norpro/Shule Grain Grinder Crusher Mill NEW - eBay (item 370238889663 end time Sep-30-09 17:13:09 PDT)

This one looks a little better, but I'd be concerned about the three 'detente' positions they offer. When using a malt mill, we adjust the roller distance fairly precisely. They don't say what the spacing is for the various positions. Still, since it appears to be a roller mill I'd suggest you'd be better of with that rather than a Carona. You might be able to rig it so that you can control the gap better.
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I would certainly recommend a corona mill over the Norpro/Shule (pasta roller) style mill thing.

But if you want a "reputable" mill, then I guess...the monster 3 roller stainless would work?? But I doubt it will leave the husks intact.

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the monster 3 roller stainless would work?? But I doubt it will leave the husks intact.
Sure it will. That's the whole point of a roller mill. It crushes the endosperm which crumbles and separates from the husk. Yeah, there's a tear to let the insides out, but for the most part the husk is intact.
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+1 to above.

I like my cranky. I built an aluminum and oak hand crank to power it instead of my cordless. Mine is the 2A model with my own 3/8" top and bottom aluminum plates installed, along with my own hopper.


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I've got the Victoria mill from Discount Tommy (corona knock-off, $32 shipped). I had to fiddle with it to get it right (filed down seating surface of rotating disk, traded cotter pin for bolt, added drive bolt for electric drill, etc.). I did a pretty fine grind and my efficiency went up 19%! I'm happy...

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