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Old 01-04-2013, 07:34 PM   #201
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:10 PM   #202
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So it may take longer, but 85 rpm ought to be fine?

As far as the torque the conversion from 90 N*m to ft lbs it's approximately 66 ft.lbs.

I assume that should be sufficient for a MM3?
Yeah I got the ft.lb conversion and I know what pulling that on a torque wrench feels like. Comparing that to a pull on a hand crank for a mill doesn't even compare. A normal person would be spent in just a few rounds. I was trying to find a required torque instead of a recommended HP. Somebody that knew what they are doing might could convert N*m or ft.lbs to ft.lb/hr to HP. I was just trying to figure how much you could overdrive.

Short answer: 66 ft.lbs is a gracious plenty. And 85rpm while a bit slow will crush just fine.

I've been thinking about how to attach a torque wrench to my MM3 input shaft. Maybe I have a broken drill chuck somewhere? If I do I'll load up some wheat and give out some numbers.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #203
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After looking at the Hoppopotomus set-up I'm embarrassed to show the rest of mine. That's the stuff I dream about. Great job!

Anyway, here's my project ready to do some work. Made the coupling for between the gearmotor and mill. Had to change the electric enclosure to a Radio Shack project box. The large capacitor wouldn't fit in the small box. The upper switch is the on/off. The lower is forward/reverse incase it gets jammed.



Edit to add the crush picture with gap set at about .038. Looks pretty good to me.

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Thanks man, I appreciate the compliment! Your's is much better built than mine for sure. I'm just using a simple Barley Crusher mill with a big azz 12" pulley on the mill and an old GE 1/3 hp motor (1725 rpm) with a 1 1/2" pulley to get my rpms down to 215 ish. I just hid everything in a cabinet dressed with knotty pine, cedar logs, and stone tops to match my other brewing related projects. It's just lipstick on a pig!
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:10 PM   #204
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Nice! I've been wanting to build my own mill but roller mills are so damn expensive. How well does that work? I've been wondering if I could power a corona mill with the clothes drier motor I have.
It works... OK? I'm sure it doesn't compare to a roller mill, but for BIAB where I'm not worried about stuck sparges, it's fine! It definitely takes quite a bit of torque, especially on the cornmeal like crush setting I've been using.

It's a old US made mill that I bought on eBay for about 20 bucks shipped. The drill is a crappy harbor freight number that I've had sitting around for a few years. For that price, I'm not complaining. The drill smokes like crazy and stinks up the house, but I'm about to stink up the house with wort anyhow, so I guess it doesn't really matter.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:51 AM   #206
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Eh, it's just the ineffable magic of disposable Harbor Freight power tools! This drill has smoked since I bought it... Just crappy motor windings. Eventually it will stop working, but it's held out surprisingly long. I had a Cuisinart stick blender that smelled of burning plastic every time I used it, and that lasted 14 years.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:08 AM   #207
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Here is my new mill. MM2 powered by a vintage 1/2" drill. The drill runs about 400 rpm, so I am using a belt drive to reduce to 200 rpm.

Most everything but the mill, one pulley and bronze bushings is made from material I had laying around. The belt tensioner consists of two 2 x 4s, a drill bit and a bronze bushing.

This thing busted through two 11 pound grain bills in the past week. I will probably clean it up a little more, but I am pretty happy with it.

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Vintage drill, yes. Vintage treadle sewing machine base, yes. cool? YES!

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Here's mine. Sure beats my old hand crank or drill.

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Looks like the same gear motor I'm using (177rpm 40 in-lbs) except there's a shaft extending out the back of mine. Did you get that from Surplus Center? Got mine quite a while ago. Don't believe they have it anymore.

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