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Old 04-24-2011, 03:19 AM   #1
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I don't use a drill to run my mill, so I spend about 15-20 minutes per brew session milling my grain. Usually, this is done the day/night before to cut down on prep time. I feel it gives me a closer and more hands on feel to brewing and crafting my beer. I just love the process. The smell of the malt, the feel of the smooth handle on my hand, the pressure of the natural resistance of the grain... Its all part of the process. I love the craft part of this hobby, and this part brings me closer to the beer. Does anyone else have this experience?

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Old 04-24-2011, 03:31 AM   #2
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I have gimpy wrists, elbows and shoulders from too many years of computer geekdom. I'm either in pain or can't feel my fingers after five minutes of it.

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I'm with you, KAMMEE. I remember when I got my mill (a Barley Crusher) I thought sure I'd want to get the drill out to drive it. But, for the hell of it, I first wanted to try it by hand. The feel is fantastic. It is such a tactile experience! I know I am gushing, but it is honestly my favorite part of brew day. I did it just today, and was a tad sad that the flaked wheat I used, didn't need to be crushed. Luckily, there was pale malt in the bill, too! Mike

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My daughter was furious with me the first time I let the LHBS grind my grain for me.
We'd been grinding by hand-crank together and I wasn't going to cost her any future opportunities. Good thing I had some adjuncts to grind or she'd have sent me back to the store for replacement grain.

We both enjoy the time and the connection.

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I'm strong as an ox, but once I removed the handle and tried a drill, I was hooked. The handle never went back on.

I used to say the exact same thing as the OP, tho. Funny.

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i always let my son hand crank for a minute or two. when he looses interest, i use the drill.

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I ran one IIPA grainbill through mine by hand when I first got the mill, after that I dug out the drill. I get enough excercise at work, I don't need more at home.

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I ran one IIPA grainbill through mine by hand when I first got the mill, after that I dug out the drill. I get enough excercise at work, I don't need more at home.
Sucks for your wife.


I enjoy hand milling, too. Something therapeutic about it.
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Sucks for your wife.


I enjoy hand milling, too. Something therapeutic about it.
Meh, let her do the work while I enjoy the ride.
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I don't use a drill to run my mill, so I spend about 15-20 minutes per brew session milling my grain. Usually, this is done the day/night before to cut down on prep time. I feel it gives me a closer and more hands on feel to brewing and crafting my beer. I just love the process. The smell of the malt, the feel of the smooth handle on my hand, the pressure of the natural resistance of the grain... Its all part of the process. I love the craft part of this hobby, and this part brings me closer to the beer. Does anyone else have this experience?
I DISPISE hand milling.

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