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Old 04-06-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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I am looking at getting the Schmidling Malt Mill with the gear drive option and the case hardened rollers to use in my brewshop when I get it open. With the mill, to get the gear drive option you can only get it with the model A which is only adjustable on one end. Can anyone forsee any problems with only being adjustable on one end? My line of thinking is that you would want both ends adjustable to be able to maintain an even crush. Anyone have any insight or experience here? Am I overthinking this?

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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It's certainly better to have both ends adjustable, but the Schmidling mill has a somewhat narrow gap where the grain goes through. As such, the gap between the two sides of the window will not vary much.

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Hey Everyone,
I am looking at getting the Schmidling Malt Mill with the gear drive option and the case hardened rollers to use in my brewshop when I get it open. With the mill, to get the gear drive option you can only get it with the model A which is only adjustable on one end. Can anyone forsee any problems with only being adjustable on one end? My line of thinking is that you would want both ends adjustable to be able to maintain an even crush. Anyone have any insight or experience here? Am I overthinking this?
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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It should work great for you. I have been using mine for the last 41/2 months commercially. Three times a week I grind about 200lbs of grain. So on average 600lbs a week through it. I have only adjusted it once and it seems to make a great grind every time.

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:54 PM   #4
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Brewmoor Thats awesome! Would you mind hooking me up with how you motorized it? I saw the tutorial on his website and plan to try that. Do you do it that way?

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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We ran a Schmidling for a while at my lhbs but our mills are used intensively, probably grinding close to a ton of malt a week and sometimes more (based on how much malt I order). However after about 6 to 8 months, we noticed the Schmidling couldn't quite hold up. We switched over to the Monster Mill mm3-2.0 (and we are actually adding a second) with a belt drive and motor. Once we got all the kinks figured out adapting it to our malt grinding bench, it works awesome and just powers through malt with a great crush.

I used to use a BarleyCrusher at home, which works well for the occasional brewer, we now use a Monster Mill mm3-1.0 and love it. Interested in trying out Crankandstiens some day, but the Monsters have proven to be the superior product. Well worth the money, especially if its going to get a lot of use.

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Old 04-09-2011, 02:42 AM   #6
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mtnbikerbrewer- What didn't hold up on the Schmidling?

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Old 04-09-2011, 03:01 AM   #7
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The adjustment mechanism stared to fail and it would fall out of alignment quite regularly. Also the rollers seemed to of dulled and had trouble grabbing onto the grain in almost any circumstance. While the monster isnt perfect, it only takes a few seconds to get working again (either rocking the flywheel back and forth a second or giving the the third roller a quite spin with the hand) it keeps going. The problems we encounter with monster are just a buildup of dust and once that's clear it works amazingly. We rarely have to adjust it and we check it regularly. Also the overall construction is strudier on the monster than the schmidling.

not to discredit schmidling, its a good mill at a good price for the occassional allgrain brewer, but for heavy use id invest in the monster (or maybe a crankandstein, but that is based only on what I have heard)..

Also, apologies for any typos, I'm on a touch screen keyboard right now.... At the bar, haha.

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I have a schmidling - recently I find I need to rock the hopper back and forth to feed the grain (no biggie,,) not sure what causes that..I have made no adjustments (not sure I can, even if I wanted to)

I Am wondering about RPM .. I run it with a 1/2" drill at 600 RPM...the process seems to be taking longer ..is this too fast or slow ?? I do not have a variable-speed drill...

It has otherwise been a reliable performer.

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I'm in the process of motorizing mine at about 300ish rpms. I thought I read somewhere to keep it under 4-500 but I could be wrong.

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Yea - My thinking is that the higher speed is giving me a poorer crush (my efficiency is lower than when I purchase the grain pre-crushed.. I have been compensating with extra grain, but would like to dial this one in..

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