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Old 05-03-2010, 03:25 AM   #1
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I got a new Victoria grain mill this weekend and it is covered in what appears to be oil or grease, I assume to keep it from rusting. How should I clean it? I could only find one thread regarding this on the forum where someone says you should wash it with soap and water then apply a coat of vegetable oil. Should I do this? I plan on brewing tomorrow so if I do use this method will the oil affect my grain?

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Use a wet rag and some dawn or dish soap to remove the oil and rinse and dry it really well.

I would not worry about the vegetable oil.

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Sounds good to me, thats what I was originally planning. Just wasn't sure if the oil was essential.

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I washed mine with dish soap and a sponge and rinsed very well. No oil. Just let it dry well before you ram grain through it and make a dough ball.

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I followed the instructions on this page http://www.motherearthnews.com/Moder...rain-Mill.aspx which seemed to work well.

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I got a new Victoria grain mill this weekend and it is covered in what appears to be oil or grease, I assume to keep it from rusting. How should I clean it? I could only find one thread regarding this on the forum where someone says you should wash it with soap and water then apply a coat of vegetable oil. Should I do this? I plan on brewing tomorrow so if I do use this method will the oil affect my grain?
Do not coat it with vegtable oil as after a while the vegatable oil with turn rancid and stink to high heaven.
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I don't think I would be using steel wool on mine like those instructions advise. The cheap chinese versions are painted and this paint protects the metal from rusting. Besides I see no reason why steel wool would be needed. You are simply trying to clean off any machining oils, dust and dirt.

P.S. I do have a cheap chinese corona mill and the paint did test to be Lead FREE.

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Makes sense to me as well, no oil. Wash it and dry it well (blow it out with a aircompresser if you have access to one) and then the first run will make grain-dust that will keep everything from rusting. I would do all three as close together as possible. From then on I would just blow it out with a aircompressor, right before I used it to crush some grain. I personally would only blow it out once every six months or so. That's just me, though.

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Thanks for the info guys. I just used soap and water and dried really well. Then ran a pound of some old grain through just to make sure it was all good.

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I don't wash mine either, except for when I first got it. I simply wipe it clean with a designated crappy paint brush. Works well.

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