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Old 06-18-2007, 02:33 PM   #21
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Evan, I've never heard of a XRP-type cordless and I typically pride myself on keeping up on such things! That might be worth investigating.
"XRP" is the proprietary name that DeWalt gives that product line. In general, DeWalt stuff is pretty good...not the greatest, but good for the money. I've never had a DeWalt product actually fail on me, except through my own fault. I had two regular (non-XRP) 12v cordless drills. When I got my Barley Crusher, I tried using one of them to crush grain. It was going well, until I stupidly shifted speeds on the thing while it was going. It burned up the gears instantaneously. Luckily, Lowe's takes anything back, so I took it back...but instead of just getting another regular 12v, I thought I'd upgrade to an 18v. I asked the guy in the tool dept. what he thought, and he said that the 14.4v XRP model was a much better drill than the regular 18v model. It's contractor-grade, heavier, all-metal locking chuck, 3-speed, and the batteries have alot more power and charge life than the normal ones. I've been thrilled with it so far.
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:42 AM   #22
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why is everybody's efficiency skyrocketing when they crush their own? Don't any LHBS's know how to crush grain?

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Old 06-19-2007, 02:19 PM   #23
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why is everybody's efficiency skyrocketing when they crush their own? Don't any LHBS's know how to crush grain?
Thats it! They crush just enough to do the job, they don't want to crush to fine for fear of causing stuck sparges.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:03 PM   #24
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Thats it! They crush just enough to do the job, they don't want to crush to fine for fear of causing stuck sparges.
That and how often does the LHBS check and adjust the gap on their mill? How many times does that thing run?

I love my BarleyCrusher, does a great job.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:24 PM   #25
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Don't forget that they often batch-crush, so those tiny ground up starches fall to the bottom of the bag and the husks sit on top. I'm sure they shake it up, but it just seems like a lot could fall out.

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Old 06-19-2007, 09:06 PM   #26
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I wonder if the guy behind the counter at the LHBS would be offended if one were to ask to have the gap checked or to have the crush checked just as the grind is started and to have the mill adjusted as needed at that time ?
I know that the efficiency of the wheat batch I brewed this weekend went way up I think to the most ever.....I used the rolling pin on the kitchen counter and gave almost the entire grain bill a further crush,my little helper would spread grain a cup at a time out for me and I'd roll it then I'd scrape the grist off into the waiting mash tun on a chair next to the counter-worked for me. Shane

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Old 06-20-2007, 01:46 AM   #27
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Geez Ed, everytime I look at this pic I see a toilet as a base. I know it isn't but I can't get the thought out of my mind. Please tell me it isn't ,lol.
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:52 AM   #28
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Geez Ed, everytime I look at this pic I see a toilet as a base. I know it isn't but I can't get the thought out of my mind. Please tell me it isn't ,lol.
Nope, it's not a toilet. It's a 8 gallon bucket wine fermenter. It works out great especially since I have a lid for it. Just mill the grain, put the lid on, & I'm good to go till dough in time.
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At least you eased my mind , lol. I have much the same setup for my Porkert mill, but I transfer to a sealable bucket until mash time. Usually the next day.

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I just got a 7# hopper model Barley Crusher by UPS yesterday. Haven't had a chance to use it yet, probably this weekend will be the first chance.

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