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Old 08-05-2008, 11:33 PM   #11
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I got a BC recently from the company delivered USPS
the Barley Crusher worked perfectly out of the box..nice mill.

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:50 PM   #12
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If you've got the flip up model KitchenAid I'd avoid the mill, as well as the grinder attachments. From everything I've read the internals for the PTO include nylon gearing that will strip under heavy loads. If you've got the Pro model, with the bowl that raises and lowers to the mixing head, you should be OK.

I've got a flip up KA. I bought a Barley Crusher. I love them both and would trade neither for their intended purposes.

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If you've got the Pro model, with the bowl that raises and lowers to the mixing head, you should be OK.
I've got the Pro Model with a steel transmission and 450 watt motor. It's easily the strongest motor in my house and I would love to use it when I get a BC rather than rigging some cheap drill.
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I've got the Pro Model with a steel transmission and 450 watt motor. It's easily the strongest motor in my house and I would love to use it when I get a BC rather than rigging some cheap drill.
I didn't mean to say you could use the KitchenAid to power the BC mill. While I'm quite sure there's a way to do that, and it just needs an enterprising mind to figure it out, the use of an electric powered hand drill is still the preferred way to spin the rollers on the BC. I happen to like being able to hook up an inexpensive drill to the BC and then easily remove it when I'm done crushing the grain. Storage of the drill is a bit easier than the KA mixer as well.
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:23 PM   #15
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True, but I already have the KA and have to store it. Maybe I'm crazy, but it seems like it would be super easy to make/modify a BC to work. This pasta attachment looks just like what I imagine it would look like.

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Old 08-06-2008, 02:47 PM   #16
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I looked into this option when we first got a KA standmixer. Ours is only the artisan series, but I read somewhere that the grain mill puts more load on the mixers than any other attachment they make and the instructions tell you to limit run time to 3 minutes or something. I might be different for the pro-model with it's metal gearbox, but also remember that this thing is designed to make flour, not grist for brewing. For the money, the crush will likely always be inferior to a purpose-built grain crusher for the same money.

I know where your coming from though. Like I said once before, this stand mixer is the closest I'll ever come to owning a tractor, so I want to make use of that prop shaft! However, I think you're better off getting the pasta maker or meat grinder attachment.

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This has been a bit of a discussion over the last couple weeks in the listener letters section of Basic Brewing Radio...evidently some people have them and love them...IIRC the biggest issue was rigging up a hopper so you could grind more that a few ounces at a time.

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I have the kitchenaid grain mill. do not buy it unless you plan on making flour. my mixer runs significantly slower than it did when it was new two years ago. and it takes at least a 1/2 hour to grind the grain for even a 5 gallon batch.
it worked fine for specialty grains in extract batches, but all grain requires at least a roller mill. and I don't have stuck sparges now that I"m running a 3 roller Monster Mill. 10 gallon all grain batches require a lot of grain, don't buy the KA mill.

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I've got the Pro Model with a steel transmission and 450 watt motor. It's easily the strongest motor in my house and I would love to use it when I get a BC rather than rigging some cheap drill.
If you aren't 100% certain about the metal transmission, you might want to check it before using the mixer to power a BC. At some point, Kitchenaid made the gearbox out of plastic and that caused problems. It was just the gearbox, not the gears, but the design was bad. The box would eventually crack and have to be replaced. There were complaints and apparently they've switched back to all metal (at least in the Pro line, I'm not sure about the rest). But the plastic gearbox was even in the Pro line for a while.

If somebody out there is looking for a mixer, try to find an old Kitchenaid from when they were manufactured by Hobart. Those are the ones that have seen daily, heavy use for more than ten years and still run like new.
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I've got the pro model with the large motor, etc. Had it about a year. I've used the grain mill attachment for up to 5lbs of grain and it worked fine. The motor itself didn't get hot at all, judging by the air being discharged by the cooling fan, and i processed the 5lbs of grain in say 8-10 minutes on the next-to-coarsest setting.

Only issue I've had is that on the most-coarse setting, the output grill gets clogged b/c the openings in it are too small. Going to use the ol' Dremel to fix that soon enough though.

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