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Old 02-02-2011, 04:32 AM   #21
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keep em coming guys! the flame is lit! solidworks here I come! lol

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Old 02-02-2011, 04:32 AM   #22
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That about sums up the whole brewing process from day one.
Sucks to have to do that... I wouldn't know anything about going through that process...

In addition to your list, how about making it powered by plutonium?
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:32 AM   #23
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I can't really complain too much I got a good one, I have 9 bikes.

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Old 02-02-2011, 06:14 AM   #24
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For the adjustment knobs, are yours graduated or just threads?
Here is the secret mechanism, very simple.





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Old 02-02-2011, 06:39 AM   #25
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Solid locked gap positions this a great design vs relying on screw contact friction which isn't very positive possibly changing gaps while milling away.

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Old 02-02-2011, 07:47 AM   #26
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Figured since I havent been brewing much in this cold weather that Id make some stuff for the brewery! Im going to start off with a grain mill. Ive seen the stuff in the market today. By the looks of them and the reviews Ive read on this forum, they all seem to work great. But being a machinist with access to cnc machines it would be a shame for me to simply buy one of these when I can easily make my own. And I figure since Im making 1 I might as well make 10 (or more!)

So heres a question to you guys, what would you change about your current mill? Does it really need to be ajustable? Does it need the 3rd roller? Should it be motorized? 4 inch or 14 inches? Should the rollers be made from stainless steel or do they need to be hardend? What size hopper?

Let me know what you guys think.
No need to reinvent the wheel. Check out any current design. I think most of us are happy with our mills as they are. I would hesitate on selling a motorized mill though. Us guy's in the States are not only stupid but love to sue when we lose our fingers. I would like a 15# hopper but if I had that I would probably wish I had a 30#
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:52 AM   #27
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That about sums up the whole brewing process from day one.
I don't really have much trouble there. My wife likes the beer enough I can buy pretty much whatever I want within reason.

"Reason" being defined by an amount less than our income by enough margin to not interfere with regular meals, keeping the electric/water/cable on, and not significantly impacting her shopping budget.

We live far enough within our means that I can get away with spending the money to do things pretty well. Not the fanciest stuff, or even probably the next fanciest.

Hell, let's just avoid the word "fancy". I'm more of a "does it work? Okay, does spending twice as much make the beer twice as good or half the work?" kind of guy.

And I'm also trying (as best I can) to hold back and buy equipment according to my developing brewing skills. My current goal is to get a working all-grain setup put together and while I can have my grains crushed at the store, a grain mill means buying in bulk, saving per pound, and grinding on demand.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:53 PM   #28
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I would like the mechanism, posted by ClaudiusB, IF it actually had crush sizes (in numbers) next to the graphics, or instead of them...

I'm sure that if the OP is good with machining stuff, he can come up with a way to make each increment click/lock into place so it won't shift while in use. There are some very simple mechanisms for doing that, as shown by the above posted images.

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Old 02-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #29
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Infinite, on-the-fly adjustment using only a single knob would be my choice. The mill I use now has this feature. No problem at all with holding a setting.

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I second the ball bearing select- a- gap device with gap numbers on it.

- A 15 pound capacity hopper vice a 5 pound.
(Seems most 5 gallon batches take about 12 pounds of grains or so).
(a 5 gallon bucket holds close to 25#of grain)
- A clamp device to attach the mill bottom to a standard 5 gallon bucket (maybe that would be an option).
- Include a DIY kit option to motorize it( big wheel, small wheel, belt, motor, on/off switch). the new owner would supply a table.

Of course I would love to test it like the other brewers and put your DIY kit to test.

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