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Old 05-18-2011, 03:40 AM   #1
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I have been through 2 drills in the past 6 months on my barley crusher. First I tried the only drill I had which was a rechargeable one. It barely had enough power but eventually died. I then took an old electric drill from my dad. It had to be at least 30 years old, maybe even older. It crushed 1 batched but it would only turn at a very high rpm and left me with a lot of powder. On the next batch it just died about 10% through my grain and I hand cranked the rest.

I have a $150 gift card to amazon from a a coinstar machine that I want to use towards a drill. Which one would you get? All i know is I need a 1/2 inch electric but after that I dont know a whole lot about drills. I dont need anything fancy either, just something that will crush my grain at slow rpm and not die on me. What else would you buy, brewing related, for the $150? I thought about the 10-11 gallon pots to replace my 8 gallon one.

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Old 05-18-2011, 03:49 AM   #2
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I'm not a self grain crusher yet, but really, is an electric drill necessary?

Next year I was going to buy a grain crusher and was just going to do it by hand...

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If you're crushing more than a couple pounds you really want to have a drill. Takes a lot longer to do it by hand, and it's a PITA. I just have a simple, 18V DeWalt cordless, works fine. Don't go too cheap, but you shouldn't have to spend more than a hundred bucks to get a decent cordless drill.

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I crushed 26 lbs of grain in my Barley Crusher by hand last weekend. It didn't take more than 10-15 minutes.

I consider it a workout to be able to drink more beer

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i have a black&decker drill i got from lowes for $49. has worked great for a long time with my jsp mill. best to get a corded drill, as they have a lot more torque than the cordless drills and can sustain the punishment a lot longer

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I crushed 26 lbs of grain in my Barley Crusher by hand last weekend. It didn't take more than 10-15 minutes.

I consider it a workout to be able to drink more beer
Wow I have never done more than 12 and it usually takes me that long. At least it seems that long. Maybe I should just suck it up and do it by hand. Half my batches since I got the mill have been done my hand because my drills have sucked.
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i have a black&decker drill i got from lowes for $49. has worked great for a long time with my jsp mill. best to get a corded drill, as they have a lot more torque than the cordless drills and can sustain the punishment a lot longer
Depends. If I was buying a drill JUST to mill grain, maybe I'd buy a corded. Sounds like the OP doesn't have a decent drill around the house now at all; cordless is much, much more convenient for everything else than you might need a drill for. Besides, I don't think you need any more torque than my $100 DeWalt puts out, anyway. It's not stressed out when I'm crushing malt. I've beaten the hell out of that drill. I've had some B&D tools over the years, but no more; things **** the bed worse than Harbor Freight.

AZ, you're either nuts or have substantially larger guns than me. Perhaps both.
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Wow I have never done more than 12 and it usually takes me that long. At least it seems that long. Maybe I should just suck it up and do it by hand. Half my batches since I got the mill have been done my hand because my drills have sucked.
I actually haven't timed it, but I lit the strike water and started grinding the grain at the same time this weekend, and I was done grinding well before the water heated up to strike temp...
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AZ, you're either nuts or have substantially larger guns than me. Perhaps both.
Yes. Both.

I usually split it up (this was a 10g batch of IPA). I crushed half the grain; took a break to drink some beer, measure some hops, etc....and went back to finish crushing.

And - at least with a BC, you don't need to crank it as fast as you can, just sit there on a stool with a beer near by and start cranking....probably no more than 60-100rpm by hand
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Depends. If I was buying a drill JUST to mill grain, maybe I'd buy a corded. Sounds like the OP doesn't have a decent drill around the house now at all; cordless is much, much more convenient for everything else than you might need a drill for. Besides, I don't think you need any more torque than my $100 DeWalt puts out, anyway. It's not stressed out when I'm crushing malt. I've beaten the hell out of that drill. I've had some B&D tools over the years, but no more; things **** the bed worse than Harbor Freight.

AZ, you're either nuts or have substantially larger guns than me. Perhaps both.
My cordless was a black and decker that was also a hand me down from my dad. I would much rather have a good cordless if you guys think a good one can mill my grain and last a while. I had always read that a corded one would supply more torque, but I am sure I could spend a little more for a good cordless one.
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