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Old 12-01-2011, 02:51 AM   #1
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Has anyone used on of these? If so how well does it work? Can you have full adjustment of how fine or coarse it goes? My wants one and I need a grain mill so I figured kill two birds with one stone.
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Has anyone used on of these? If so how well does it work? Can you have full adjustment of how fine or coarse it goes? My wants one and I need a grain mill so I figured kill two birds with one stone.
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Having an adjustable gap is the first thing I would be curious about. And, do you have a picture of this mill? The Barleycrusher is a beast. Ive milled many batches with it and the thing just won't quit. It's really built well. I'd like to see this Kitchenaid device!
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I do not have a picture but they are on eBay and if you went to kitchen aids web site they have a picture. My wife wants to make flour. I want to make BEER.

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I have never used one, that being said I don't believe it is a good fit for homebrewing. While i'm sure it will work, not so sure the KA mixer is really designed for and would be happy crushing 10 - 20 lbs of grain on a regular basis. Burn up wifey's mixer and your in the dog house for sure! General consensus I have read here is that it is a lot of money and not ideal for brewing. Buy it for cooking and buy a Corona for brewing, Just MO.

Sorry to be so negative, but I have never heard any praise for these mills regarding crushing grain for brewing ??? Of course, YMMV

Some reading here...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1R2ADFA_enUS430&biw=1229&bih=757&q=+site:homebrewtalk.com+kitchenaid+grain+mill+home+brewing

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We've owned a Kitchen Aid K5A mixer for over 30 years, and it is absolutely great at what it does. It routinely kneads the dough for two-pound loaves or etc., though it gets pretty warm. However, I'm in the camp that says 10-15 pounds of malt might be outside the design spec for the KA, and I am the proud owner of a Corona mill which, driven by an old 1/2" drill, gets all my grist done in fine style.

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Old 12-01-2011, 04:12 PM   #8
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Well I have a meat grinder motor that uses the same drive. So I would power it with that. I was more curious on the mill itself. I appreciate all the input. Looks like I just may have to buy two.

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I have one that I use on the 600 watt KA mixer. I've used it for 3 years so far with no problems. I routinely get 75% to 80% brewhouse efficiency using the "next to coarsest" setting, so I think the crush is OK. That being said, I had to modify the attachment a little in order to allow the milled grain to free-flow out.

Would I like to have a Barleycrusher? Sure. But I already have this and it seems to work OK.

However, like others have said, YMMV.

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