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Old 10-06-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever used the grain mill attachment for a Kitchenaid? My wife has damn fine Kitchenaid and I'm thinking it would a fairly practical mill.

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Old 10-06-2009, 02:54 AM   #2
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If you already own it give it a try. As I recall it cost as much if not more than a brew specific barley crusher. I have a KA mixer that sits in the box unused as I consider it a POS. KA as a company is awful to deal with and would not buy any of their products every again.

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Old 10-06-2009, 03:04 AM   #3
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If ebay is a good indicator, a new grain mill attachement goes for approximately $115. Assuming people buy them and don't use them and I can find one...maybe $50.00.

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Old 10-06-2009, 03:06 AM   #4
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I have a kitchenaid and was considering this before I got my Barley Crusher, but those attachments are expensive. Like samc says, if you already have the attachment I say give it a shot. But if not...well I think it's a fairly high price to pay just to test a theory.

I'm not quite as anti-KitchenAid as samc is. I love mine and use it several times each week. I never buy store bought bread anymore, or cookies, or cakes, etc. But the attachments are hit-and-miss. Many years ago, I gave a set of various attachments to my roommate for his kitchenaid for Christmas. I think included were some kind of shredder, a meat grinder/sausage maker, a pasta maker, and something else. Most of them were OK, but the pasta maker attachment kind of sucked compared to just a hand-cranked one. We never had the grain grinder attachment so I have no idea how it is.

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Old 10-06-2009, 03:12 AM   #5
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The KA attachment is designed to grind grain into flour. You could probably get Corona Mill type results if you fuss around with it but for about the same $ you could get a purpose designed roller mill for malted barley.

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Old 10-06-2009, 06:07 AM   #6
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For the cost of the attachment, you can buy a Barley Crusher. It will grind the grain MUCH faster and more consistently, and you don't risk burning out your wife's kitchenaid mixer (that will cost you a LOT, and I don't just mean the replacement value of the mixer!).

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....kitchenaid mixers don't burn out. i have my mother's mixer that was made in the early 1960's and other than new brushes every few years, it's still going strong. it hasn't had an easy life, it's kneaded tons of bread and ground up tons of wheat (my mother was an early health food nut)

but, i don't think the grain mill attachment will work very well for beer, as it is designed to turn grain into powder and doesn't have much adjustability....

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Old 10-06-2009, 01:05 PM   #8
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....kitchenaid mixers don't burn out. i have my mother's mixer that was made in the early 1960's and other than new brushes every few years, it's still going strong. it hasn't had an easy life, it's kneaded tons of bread and ground up tons of wheat (my mother was an early health food nut)

but, i don't think the grain mill attachment will work very well for beer, as it is designed to turn grain into powder and doesn't have much adjustability....
A KA from the 60s probably won't burn out. They were made by Hobart and built to commercial specifications. Newer KitchenAid mixers certainly can and do burn out, and their customer service sucks. The link is to my own miserable experience with a fried Professional 600. The earlier versions have a plastic transmission housing that can't take the strain of regular bread making. It's a known design flaw that KA refuses to make good.
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As already stated, the KA grinder is made for flour. Ideally you want to crush the malt more than grind it. Crushing it in a roller mill breaks it down into smaller pieces and removes the husks. When done properly, only a small amount of flour ends up in the grist. The more flour you have in the mash the more likely you are to have a stuck sparge.
If you can pick up a grinder for cheep I would say give it a try and adjust it so you get a fairly course grind. If it were me I would use the money toward a good roller mill.

Oh, I think kitchen Aid mixers are very high quality and are a great addition to have in the kitchen.

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A KA from the 60s probably won't burn out. They were made by Hobart and built to commercial specifications. Newer KitchenAid mixers certainly can and do burn out, and their customer service sucks. The link is to my own miserable experience with a fried Professional 600. The earlier versions have a plastic transmission housing that can't take the strain of regular bread making. It's a known design flaw that KA refuses to make good.
I've read about that too, and one of the reasons I did not look any further into using our KA to crush grain. It's a good unit, but they have models that are nowhere near as good as the original ones.

Honestly, I would purchase a corona mill and use it rather than risk all the $$ that a KA attachment would cost. The corona mill is simple and effective and pretty cheap.
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