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Old 09-01-2012, 03:04 AM   #601
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If a corona mill is the same as a bench mill : http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BENCH...ILL-P2058.aspx
I have one of that, and they go for 55 euro here.
Yes looks the same or similar...perhaps search for corn grinder...the chinese are making them by the metric ton and I would be surprised if they are not shipping them world wide???

$25 US from discount Tommy...and he claims to ship worlwide...no idea what that might cost??? link below
http://www.discounttommy.com/p-189-p...-nut-mill.aspx
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:18 AM   #602
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The pastamachine arrived yesterday.
I jammed the thing with a drill bit First test run with a handfull of malt looks OK. If I turn the rollers with the handle and lay a finger on the rollers I can feel the rollers want to take my finger between them .. not sure how that would stay after a few kilos.

Made a first proof of concept, screwed the machine on a piece of plywood with a hole under the machine and put that on top of a 30 liter bucket. Driven the rollers with my electric drill and workedlike a charm (again, only with a handfull of malt).
Not sure on what bumber I should put the rollers, perhaps I will post some pics of different numbers later this day.

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Old 09-02-2012, 12:35 PM   #603
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Not sure on what number I should put the rollers, perhaps I will post some pics of different numbers later this day.
As fine as you can yet still drag the grain through the rollers. When I breifly toyed w/ the pasta machine my experience was that in order to crush thoroughly, the rollers needed to be so close that milling got rather slow...my best results were a slightly larger gap that the grain would pass, but running the grain through the mill twice for a better crush. It helps to have the roller REALLY scarred and rough. The roller dia is so small that unless you rough the hell out of them, milling progress is slow and not as good as it should be.

rough rollers w/ 1/4 or 3/8 drill bit ...don't be afraid to "hurt" them good
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:22 PM   #604
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wilserbrewer, you've done a great job of gouging up your rollers, what size of drill bit did you use? I didn't get mine nearly as rough, I probably need a bigger drill bit. But I can still get a good crush with two passes, narrowing the gap for the second pass. It's a bit slow though, so I could do with more bite on the rollers.

Here's mine: http://beerandgarden.com/2012/04/the...er-grain-mill/

and a not so great picture of the rollers:

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:06 PM   #605
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:30 AM   #606
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Made my pasta mill today after buying a 50lb bag of grain plus specialties for two planned brews a couple days ago. Roughed up the rollers once, worked fine at the smaller crush, ran it up a couple more for comparison's sake, realized the finer crush was probably best, reduced the distance again, and the mill stopped pulling grain through. Roughed up the rollers some more, and now it will pull through single grains on the smallest setting.

Even after you've mangled the rollers, mangle them again. I know it's been mentioned, but I thought I'd reiterate. Even though mine's working a handful at a time (I'm hoping to build the hopper and base tomorrow), I'll probably take the drill bit to them one more time before doing my first full brew crush.

Even though I'm sure it'll be slower than the purpose-built mills, I like being able to use something that I had a hand in fabricating.

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Old 11-13-2013, 12:48 PM   #607
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If I recall, an option that works with the pasta mill is to simply run the grain through the mill twice, rather than struggle to get a nice crush with one pass.

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Ok I have to ask the question... how do you make pasta now???

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Now that you have the pasta mill, you might be interested in fine tuning it a bit.

C Here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/gris...ciency-449343/


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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0028U2U4E/..._mQe8sb0QW6Y9A

Is this the same as you guys are using?

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