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Old 02-04-2008, 01:00 AM   #1
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If I were to pick up a grain mill for an AG batch, what works well. I can't spend over $200, but really would like to come in under $100. What works well? Would either of these work:

mill 1
mill 2

For those who do grind their own, what do you use?

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Old 02-04-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:10 AM   #3
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+1 on mill 3, I borrowed one for a brew I had on Sat... I am seriously thinking of holding it ransom (j/k Lil' Sparky.... kind of.... )

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This is a touchy question. Are you looking for what CAN work or what works well? A rolling pin and ziplock bag CAN work, and that's a cheap method until you spend a hundred bucks in ziplock bags.

If you're looking for what works well, you'll look towards a Barley Crusher (aka Mill 3) or a Crank and Stein or Monster Mill. I personally prefer Barley Crusher (I own one) and think it was TOTALLY worth the cost.

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I use a barley crusher. I would highly recommend one.

I really don't know too much about mills. Are the first 2 designed for homebrewing, or more for cooking? Is there a difference?

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I have a Crankenstein 3D and love it but when the OP was looking to be under $200 I think the BC is the only way to go @ $132 (7 lb hopper) or $155 (15 lb hopper) delivered to his door

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If you want to go cheap and still good (despite opinions to the contrary you're no doubt about to hear), check ebay for a corona mill (similar to that victoria but that victoria is way overpriced). You should be able to find one for 20-$25. However if you're willing to spend $100, do yourself a favour and spend a little bit more for a monster mill, crankandstein or barley crusher.

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I would not get #1 or #2! If you plan on brewing for years to come spend a little extra and get a mill designed for homebrewers. I have a Barley Crusher and love it. It comes ready to fit on a 5 gal pail, you can put a 3/8 chuck electric drill on it so you don't have to crank by hand and both ends of the mill are adjustable so you can get the perfect crush. IMO for the price compared to other fully adjustable mills it is the best deal out there.

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My mill is like #2. Got it on ebay for about $20. It was easy to build a mount to put in on a bucket and cost $.09 to motorize...

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That Barley Crusher looks nice, even though it is well over $100. In time maybe.

But I have a question. Why do so many swear by the corona mill? How are the extraction efficiencies with the corona?

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