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Old 12-06-2008, 03:50 AM   #21
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I'm currently accepting donations of pasta machines to further my research in this process. Willing to pay shipping within reason. Thank you for your time.

Seriously.

I'll post my progress on this thread, but I've been told by SWMBO that I'm not allowed to cannibalize either of our pasta machines that we currently have. Not sure why, I'm the only one that ever uses them. But that's a whole nother story...

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Old 12-06-2008, 02:17 PM   #22
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Well, depending on how good your Italian is you can check this out.

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Old 12-06-2008, 02:20 PM   #23
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or someone else translated it here.

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Old 12-06-2008, 02:22 PM   #24
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Michaels, and the larger Joan Fabrics (like the one on 13 and I think harper or little mack?) Have AMACO brand pasta machines for 20 bucks, they're near the FIMO and Sculpy Polymer clays.
It's the same pasta maker I originally bought at a cooking supply store 15 years ago when I used to work in Polymer clay, amaco just repackaged them for use with clay...but having owned one of each, theyre the same ones.



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Between what I know and what Babel fish could translate, he just took the rollers to a machinist to have them turned. But it proves that it can be done, and it looks good, I think!

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My first AG I used plastic bags with a cup of grain in each bag, this inside a paper bag with a rolling pin on the butcher block table. Yup I was brewing but with a rather low efficiency. I still have to borrow a mill but not for a while maybe someday i'll have my own.

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Michaels, and the larger Joan Fabrics (like the one on 13 and I think harper or little mack?) Have AMACO brand pasta machines for 20 bucks, they're near the FIMO and Sculpy Polymer clays.
It's the same pasta maker I originally bought at a cooking supply store 15 years ago when I used to work in Polymer clay, amaco just repackaged them for use with clay...but having owned one of each, theyre the same ones.



It's also the one I now own... as of maybe 20 minutes ago. 40% off coupon at Michaels...which made it like $15. I'll pay that for an experiment anytime...and better yet, SWMBO reached in her purse and paid for it!
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Where'd the coupon come from? I'm into that for 15 bucks. Also, I read an easy way to fix the lack of grip is to throw some strips of friction tape on the rollers. And as a second note, I'm kind of into the idea of the guy that made one from wooden rollers.

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If you buy something at Michael they give you a coupon when they give you your receipt. Also, I think the coupon is usually in the Sunday paper ad insert.
Earlier I bought two hardwood rolling pins from WalMart to make a mill, but still haven't done anything with them. They were $4.99 each so I don't have a lot invested in that project either.
I would think it would need to be a very strong tape... grain is pretty hard stuff. I think I'm going to see what kind of finish I get by "slapping" the rollers with a very coarse flat file. This is just one more time I wish I still had access to the machine shop where I worked about 15 years ago! I could knurl these rollers in minutes!

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yeah, the one at the store is huge.

we plan to eventually construct a custom mill similar to the one at the LHBS when i move into a larger brewery the idea is to have it pour directly into the mash while stirring, with no physical labor involved aside from pouring grain into the hopper.





lol, i love those type of experiments!
could do that as a homebrewer too. I've seen a 3 bucket system. The top bucket holds the grain. The second bucket has a hopper inside with the mill mounted at the bottom, using a motor to push the mill. The bottom bucket collects it w/a hole cut on the side for the grain to escape once milled. Set that puppy up next to your MLT and mash in!! Pretty ingenious and cheap to make.

Set that up with the black box being created and you could for example:

1. In your MLT, control heating elements (or elec switch for gas) to kick on to the right temp then shut down. Start up the heat recirc to temp.
2. Kick on a motorized mash paddle
3. Kick on the motorized grain mill.. mash in..etc.

Closer to an automated brewery?
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