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Old 06-04-2010, 03:46 AM   #1
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Default How often do you clean your grain mill?

Just bought a Grizzly grain mill from Amazon and I was wondering how often you guys would recommend cleaning it.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:56 AM   #2
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People clean their grain mills?

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Old 06-04-2010, 04:14 AM   #3
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I blast mine with compressed air after each use. I'm not comfortable with letting it sit around with all that sugary starch clinging to it. My concern is mostly that it may attract ants and other insects. Other than that, keeping the mill clean will help prevent the roller bushings from gumming up with flour which can sometimes lead to the non-powered roller binding up. I've got a single roller mill, so that isn't a problem with mine, but most others have two or three roller mills and some have reported this problem. Cleaning the mill seemed to fix the problem in most cases IIRC.

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Old 06-04-2010, 05:29 AM   #4
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I think I had a mouse live in mine last winter. I definitely blew the poop out though before the new-year-brew occurred. Mouse poop might have tannins that even I couldn't stand....

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:30 AM   #5
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instructions with the barley crusher say to use a soft brush to clean the rollers after each use. I just let them be dusty.

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:08 AM   #6
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I have to periodically take my pasta maker mill apart to make it suck less, so it gets cleaned at the same time.

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Old 06-04-2010, 10:09 AM   #7
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I've got a single roller mill.
Single roller mill? Am I not getting something? Isn't that a bit like one handed clapping in a forest with falling trees with nary a witness?
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:55 AM   #8
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I'm not comfortable with letting it sit around with all that sugary starch clinging to it.
Not sure that starch is sugary until you mash it.
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I never have and I condition my malt. I check for spiders underneath, check the gap, and grind away.

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Old 06-04-2010, 12:19 PM   #10
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I never have and I condition my malt. I check for spiders underneath, check the gap, and grind away.
+1 Since I started conditioning the malt, grain dust has been dramatically reduced and mill stays much cleaner.
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