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Old 07-24-2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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I am currently accumulating and/or manufacturing the materials I will need to switch over to all grain brewing this fall. I have been looking at grain mills and am considering the Schmidling Model P Maltmill (preadjusted). Any comments on this mill? Should I spend the extra cash to get the adjustable model? Is there another mill I should consider?

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Old 07-24-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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I've never used the Maltmill, but I've got a BarleyCrusher that I love (and everyone that I know who has one, absolutely loves). It's adjustable, although I've never needed to futz with it at all. Makes a great crush; I've got from 60%-ish efficiency to ~85%, in large part due to the mill. Works great right out of the box, sits right on top of a 5-gallon bucket. Pretty fairly priced ($126 or so, shipped, from Northern Brewer).

I'm sure that people who use the Maltmill love it just as much - but take a look at the BC.

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I just bought the barley crusher (I think anyway). About the same price and fits over the bucket. I just bought it and used it this weekend and it worked great right out of the box and got good efficiency 77% batch sparge.

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+1 on the Barley Crusher. I did have to adjust the gap on mine but it's been a GREAT mill. I'd highly recommend it.

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I own a Barley Crusher with the 7# hopper, and I love it. It works with a drill right out of the box and is easily adjustable though I haven't had to mess with it because I get 70-80% efficiency.

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I use the one from M3 and its really just a barley crusher.. so
+1 on the barley crusher. I get 80 - 87% with little effort now that I have the mill crushing right for my setup.

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Old 07-24-2008, 02:58 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback folks. I will have to look into the Barley Crusher.

I suppose it really deserves its own thread, but can someone give me some pointers on what the correct crush should be like and whay adjustments I might neeed to make to the mill? I understand the efficiency concept, just trying to get a handle on how to crush grain.

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I got a monster mill recently, it was a pain in my ass to build the hopper and base, but it seems to be a solid mill. I am still getting used to it, I have only made 4 beers with it, but it is easy to adjust and it's really nice to be able to buy grains in bulk.

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The ultimate answer is - you're going to love whatever you buy. I know of no one who has expressed disappointment with anything other than Corona-style mills (and even those have their proponents). The Barley Crusher is nice because it's cheap (relatively speaking) and works right out of the box. Some of the mills like the Monster Mills are a little bit more robust (arguably more robust than they absolutely NEED to be), but require that you build out a hopper and a base. Nothing difficult to build, but time's an issue for some of us.

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Another Barley Crusher user here, fwiw.

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