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Old 05-09-2008, 12:36 PM   #11
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All the roller mills are basically the same. What you are paying for are features and convenience. If you buy the Barley Crusher, it will come ready to grind, no real assembly required. If you don't mind some fabrication, you can buy a CrankandStein or a Monster mill which need to be mounted. But all of them are essentially the same - two rollers, adjustable gap, motorizing capability, etc. The only real difference that I see is that the C&S has a feature on the ends of the rollers to help keep the idle roller turning (called the "grain-engaged gear teeth" feature). Their 2S model is pretty bare bones but is very reasonably priced at $67.00 - but by the time you fab a stand and hopper for it, it might be worth it to spring for the BC.

Some things to remember:

  1. Get the largest hopper that is practical. The little hoppers are inconvenient and a bit of a pain. It's very nice to be able to fit your whole grain bill into the hopper.
  2. If you plan on getting a motor to motorize your mill (not a drill drive), make sure the drive shaft is 1/2" dia and not 3/8" dia. The large sheaves that you will need are not available (or at least really difficult to find) for 3/8" shafts..
  3. If you motorize your mill, try to keep the RPM's fairly low - below 200 is best. While there are many folks who mill at 300+ RPM's, I think the issue of shredded husks is more a function of mill speed than roller gap.
  4. Adjustability is nice, but you will find that you mill will wander over time. Keep a dedicated feeler gage with your mill so that you can check it periodically.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:30 PM   #12
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check out this post...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=40038&highlight=mill+stand

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Old 07-29-2008, 09:10 PM   #13
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Barley Crushers are great grain mills that come ready to go when they arrive. The price for what you get is not bad either.
The other grain mills require some work on your part to make them useable. If you have the ability and/or want something not offered by the BC then this is an excellent way to go.
Most of the mills are easily motorized with a drill. Mounting a permanent motor is just a nice option and better suited to the bare bones unit where you can build your own stand.
I've got the BC with the small hopper. This works just fine for me. I enjoy the little bit of work required to crank the mill by hand. Though i will probably break out the drill for the 09-09-09 grain bill.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:12 PM   #14
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I ordered the Barley Crusher this past weekend, based on all of the good comments on this site. It will be arriving tomorrow and I'm going to use it for my first AG this weekend. I'm stoked!

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:26 AM   #15
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The Barley Crusher in my opinion is the best mill built. Randy the owner is a real nice guy and really cares about his customers. He will always stand behind his product and it is a quality built Michigan made piece of art.

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:59 AM   #16
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I'll chime in as another very pleased BC owner. I purchased one a couple of years ago; shipping to Canada was no problem, and I've probably put 300lbs + of grain through it so far, without issue.

It is well built, reasonably priced, and works perfectly right out of the box.

I bet you would be hard pressed to find even one unhappy BC owner.

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Old 07-30-2008, 01:20 PM   #17
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Does anyone have the bigger Micro-Brew model? That thing is a monster!

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Old 07-31-2008, 06:05 AM   #18
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looks like the Barley crusher is the way to go. I built mine but if you are looking to buy one the guy from Barley crusher seems to be a straight shooter. Really good customer service from what I have read on here

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Old 08-03-2008, 02:34 AM   #19
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I have a Crank and Stein (3 roller, very sweet) and started with a Corona, which lasted about 4 batches before it gave up. For the 'fabrication', I bought a $10 tractor diesel gas funnel, which holds about 10# of grain, and went with that. Granted, I spent a bit more for the 3 roller, but I get a better crush out of it than I would with a 2 roller. And, for $10 more, I have something that won't break or get damaged. Sweet setup!!

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Old 08-03-2008, 04:18 AM   #20
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I'll be using my BC for the first time tomorrow, I'll let you know how it goes.

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