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Old 11-02-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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So I live in Hawaii and I know I'm not going to be here that long. What's the cheapest way I'm going to be able to mill grain? I can get a Corona grain mill for 55 bucks, but I've read those don't work to well. Anyone try the grain mills that attach to the kitchenaide stand mixers? Any other recommendations? I've seen some electronic mills on ebay but those seem to be more for making flour than milling grain. Not sure how well they'd work.

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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im a fan of the rolling pin approach. thats basically what a grain mill is. two counter rotating rolling pins you can set a specific distance apart.

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:58 PM   #3
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How long does it take you to roll a batch of grain?

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Old 11-03-2009, 12:07 AM   #4
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So I live in Hawaii and I know I'm not going to be here that long. What's the cheapest way I'm going to be able to mill grain? I can get a Corona grain mill for 55 bucks, but I've read those don't work to well. Anyone try the grain mills that attach to the kitchenaide stand mixers? Any other recommendations? I've seen some electronic mills on ebay but those seem to be more for making flour than milling grain. Not sure how well they'd work.

Check out this thread for tons of info about Corona mills.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-ugly-junk-corona-mill-station-90849/

Many people on here (including myself) have bought a Corona knock off from Discount Tommy on ebay. You can get one of those shipped for $30 or less. I just tried mine for the first time last night. It works great. Some say they have to mess with theirs quite a bit to get the right crush. Took me about 45min last night.
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:12 AM   #5
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I second the "My Ugly Junk - Corona Mill Station"

I built one from parts I had around the house. The bucket in a bucket idea is really good!

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+1 on the Corona knock-off. Works great!

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Old 11-03-2009, 01:19 AM   #7
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A Corona mill is the cheapest. I've never used one, but some folks swear by them. I like my roller mill - which costs about the same as the Kitchenaid attachment. These are the common brands for homebrewing:

Monster Mill
Crankandstein
Schmidling Malt Mill
Barley Crusher

Look for them at homebrew supply shops either online or locally. Google them if you'd like to order direct from the manufacturer.

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Old 11-03-2009, 01:26 AM   #8
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The cheapest way is to mill it at a LHBS but that's not always the cheapest if they have expensive malt compared to online.

I use a corona type mill that I bought from Ebay for $23 shipped. Many around here have used the same mill from the same seller (DiscountTommy) with good results. I get a rather fine grind that gives me ~78% efficiency and no tannin astrigency that I can detect. It works good for me but other people with other setups and expectations may not like it. One word of advice is make sure you have a good drill with quite a bit of torque if that's how you plan to crush.

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The kitchenaid attachment operates the same way as the corona type mill...so save yourself the money if you go that way, or get one of Yuri's suggestions.

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Corona's work great. You can buy one here http://grizzly.com/products/Cast-Iron-Corn-Grain-Mill/H7775 And when you combine it with this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/malt-conditioning-wow-rocks-144752/ it gets even better.

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