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Bobby_M 02-12-2007 03:38 PM

Maltmill vs. Crank vs. BarleyCrusher
So I'm comparing all the mills and there seem to be some major differences.

JSP Maltmill: Nice big 10" x 1.5" rollers. Good price for the BBAA at $130 shipped. The one thing I don't see is how the adjustment is done, and how that adjustment is held in place. Does anyone know? I don't have a problem building the hopper.

Crankandstein CGM-2D has a nice adjustment system but smaller 5" x 1.5" rollers.
$144 shipped. Other downside "we build as orders come in, expect shipment in a week or so".

Barleycrusher looks nice and the price is right considering the hopper is included BUT what's with the tiny rollers? 5" x 1.25". Is this enough diameter to really pull the grain in? $132 shipped.

I expect building the hopper for the two barebones would cost me $0-10 so it's barely a motivator. The Crank seems to be the worst deal for size of rollers and mostly the shipping delay and higher price.

Lil' Sparky 02-12-2007 03:52 PM

I haven't seen anyone complain about any of those mills. I'd take the cheapest one myself. :D

Brewiz 02-12-2007 05:39 PM

Bobby M did you see this thread? http://homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=21049
Some of your question maybe answered here.

Brew-boy 02-13-2007 01:53 AM

I have the Barley crusher, I went to his place of buisness and picked it up. I love this thing it is a very good grain mill. He stand behind his product with a lifetime warranty.

Tony 02-13-2007 01:57 AM


Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky
I haven't seen anyone complain about any of those mills...

Well said!

Beer Weevel 02-13-2007 02:05 AM

I have an old fermentap Grain Gobbler it's small it has 1.5 inch long rollers and has a fixed opening of 0.035 it is bare bones and will crush grain at a rate of about 1lb a min or so. It's old and slow but work great I consistantly get a 75% efficentcy so I'm still happy. Butt..... I sure would like to have the biggest and the baddest!!!!!!

Dustin_J 02-13-2007 03:29 AM

Hey Bobby, if you're not set on the detents you can get the crankandstein GCM-2A for $112 shipped. It's still fully adjustable and is basically the same thing as the CGM-2D, just no detents.

Blender 02-13-2007 03:54 AM

They are all good mills. The Barley Crusher comes ready to go on a base that fits a 5 gallon plastic pale nice and snug.

Bobby_M 02-13-2007 12:54 PM

I pulled the trigger on the Crankandstein CGM-2D. Great price and despite the week wait, I just wouldn't feel right without having to DIY some part of the mill like the hopper. It's the only way I can justify all these tools.

snaproll 02-13-2007 01:11 PM

I too bought the Crankandstein CGM2A,Great mill.

As for a hopper I used a 3 gal distilled water bottle ( plastic of course).
Just drill a hole in the top plate and cut off the bottom of the bottle it will hold about 12 lbs and grinds it up fast enough fot me.
You may get faster delivery through Northen Brewer. ( not sure .)

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