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Old 02-21-2014, 01:57 AM   #1
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Default JSP Maltmill on Craigslist? Good deal? (vs crankandstein?)

Hey guys, been lurking forever... and I finally have a multi-part question I hope some of you can help me with.

I'm pretty new with the whole brewing thing, but I want to eventually get into all grain and I've been keeping an eye out on craigslist for potential deals (i.e. the elusive $30 corny).

Long story short, I stumbled across this ad here:
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/for/4339573042.html

... and I wanted to know if $70 was a decent price for a JSP Maltmill. Also, can any of you tell what model (P [preadjusted], A [one-roller adjustable], or AA [both rollers adjustable]) it is from the photo? I would rather not pick something up that I'm going to replace in the future, and I've been eyeing the crankandstein mills since I discovered them (probably the 2A or 2D model). The price difference between the craigslister's asking price and one of the crankandstein's is only $30-40 or so, not including shipping... But then I would have to fabricate a hopper... etc.

I haven't even see this JSP mill yet, and he may not even have it available anymore, I'm just wondering if it's something I should jump on, or if it's better to hold out (and shell out) for something that would last a lot longer.

Just a newbie looking for input is all!

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$70 for a mill is a very good price, i would have jumped on that.

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$60 for that CO2 cylinder is also a good deal if it's not expired.

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Get a barley crusher with the 15 pound hopper. Grain mil is not something to skimp on and I have had 3 and feel it's the best one.


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that mill is as good as a barley crusher or better. the hopper is no big deal to fit on.

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The barley crusher fits on a 5 gallon bucket with 15 pounds of grain in it and won't fall over. Even with a drill attached. I have never had it stall once during grinding.


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Can't really tell what version of the mill that is. You'd need to see the gear side and the opposite site to know the adjustments and gear options. I suspect it's not one of the adjustable models as I see the handle on the left and you would expect to see a little yellow adjustment knob on the front.

I have a JSP and it's a solid mill; I bought the barebones model and made my own hopper and have it motorized.

No idea why the guy's website (http://schmidling.com/maltmill.htm) is straight out of 1995. Regardless, no complaints with that mill.

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I you decide to go that route you will not be dissatisfied with crankandstein mills.

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$15 bucks for 34 empties? Too bad I live on the other coast, I'd love to be able to snatch up a deal like that!

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Haha. Thanks for the replies guys.

I ended up snaggin the bottles I already have a couple pieces for my CFC or I would have snagged that too... Though after noticing the in-line blichmann therm, I'm wondering if I should call back and snag it too... $35 for fittings and a therm..? The mill is spoken for, but they're gonna let me know if the guy flakes (I'm assuming he won't).

Wish I had more cash on hand! Haha.

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