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Old 09-10-2012, 03:22 PM   #41
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If using BIAB why do you need to condition your malt, because if the grain "explodes" its not a big deal.
Though with a 1.25 inch diameter, I can see the grains more likely to explode, instead of be crushed, and stay intact.

My question is if the metal is soft, how durable is it? How long until the knurls wear down?
Didn't one of you say the steel did not seem hardened?

I just saw this at Adventures in Home Brewing.
http://www.homebrewing.org/Cereal-Ki...html?AffId=160

That handle does seem very short, how long would it take to grind 10 pounds?
I would imagine its hard to hold/rotate with such short strokes, and would have greater torque than a longer handle.
Conditioning makes for a better and more uniform crush and also cuts down on the dust & keeps the hulls intact. In my opinion, the extra fluffiness of the grind makes for better better flow thorough the bag and the bag might even drain better after mashing so less squeezing. Since I recirculate during mashing, I think it improves the flow and I didn't have any problems with dough balls.

Unless you are grinding rocks, you'll never wear the rollers out. If you do, you will have long since gotten your $89 out of it.

The handle that they offer is useless. It will take a long crank, 12" at least, to get enough torque, it was working my air drill. As for hand crank time, I have no idea.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:10 AM   #42
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Just ordered this. Very good price and looks like people are happy with it.

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Old 09-14-2012, 03:42 PM   #43
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Ordered my Cereal Killer for $89 and it was delivered to my door in 4 days. Set the gap a .035 using a feeler guage and crushed 16 lbs of grain for an IPA I am doing. Worked perfectly and got a great crush. I had been getting around 68% efficiency using my big mashtun and this time I got 73% with the crush from the cereal killer. I also used a Milwaukee 14.4 volt cordless drill on the slow speed with no problems at all. Very pleased so far.

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:10 PM   #44
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Default How do you clean this thing?

I ordered mine and it arrived intact and looking ready to crush... except it has a tacky machine oil residue or corrosion resistant film all over.

Did anyone clean theirs off first or just start crushing?

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Looks like mine isn't even going to ship until next month...

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I ordered mine and it arrived intact and looking ready to crush... except it has a tacky machine oil residue or corrosion resistant film all over.

Did anyone clean theirs off first or just start crushing?
Run a quarter pound of base malt through the mill, check the results for crush quality, and make any mill adjustments needed. Run another quarter pound of base through, verify the crush looks good, then toss the grain...

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What kind of cleaning/maintenance does this mill require?

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Old 09-24-2012, 11:24 PM   #48
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What kind of cleaning/maintenance does this mill require?
I'm also wondering this.
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just got confirmation that these units which were out, are due to hit the US on Sept. 26, and will ship from homebrewing.org 11 days later. Bummer, I ordered mine two weeks ago and now have two more to go. I have a beat up barley crusher with a crooked drive shaft to hold me over though.

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I have crushed two batches so far, yesterday did a ipa BIAB that was supposed to have a 1.059 OG ended up hitting 1.070 with the gap set at .040" (verified with a millwright .040 stainless shim). I really like it so far it's pretty damn nice for the price.

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