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Old 06-14-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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Who else *luvs* to grind their own grain, no little sissy power drills, all by hand baby?!?!?!? Favorite part of brewing for me . . . . then again, I really enjoy bottling, too. Really.

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Old 06-14-2009, 02:09 PM   #2
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Ah, a masochist.

I crushed ~2 lbs of grain with a rolling pin for an extract+specialty grains batch. My wrists explained that was bad, okay.

The Barley Crusher was ordered the next day with no interest in hand cranking at all.

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Old 06-14-2009, 02:31 PM   #3
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I enjoy crushing my barley by hand too. Although, occasionally I use a drill just to save time.

I also enjoy bottling too. I don't see why people think it is such a pain. I can bottle and clean up in about 1.5 hours. But the best part is opening a bottle of your craft. Pssst!

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Old 06-14-2009, 02:41 PM   #4
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I made a hand crank for my Crankandstein. I found that I enjoy bottling as well.

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Old 06-14-2009, 04:02 PM   #5
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I hand crank to warm up my drinking arm. I know it works, because I've never strained or pulled a muscle while drinking and brewing yet.

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Old 06-14-2009, 04:04 PM   #6
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I hand crank my BC, too. This week I'm doing my first 10 gallon batch, though, and I might have to grab my drill for that. I'm not man enough to hand crank 26 pounds of grain.

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you use a crank? haha!! I use my index finger and thumb. Each grain gets special attention for my ales.





Drill boy here. Only used the crank for the initial cleaning grind, though I may try the crank next time just to see how it is.

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It's encouraging that the OP enjoys bottling as well as cranking, because I don't mind bottling, either, and I'm about to find out about the crank. I just ordered a Corona mill for dirt cheap ($24 delivered, Discount Tommy on eBay), so I can't get hurt much if it doesn't do the job, but I just couldn't go the $150 for a Barley Crusher right out of the gate, particularly when there are so many people on the forums who appear to do just fine with the Corona mill. And as far as the cranking goes, if that's the part I don't like, I just take off the crank, put in the proper size bolt, and run it with one of my drills & a socket.

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I just bought a Barley Crusher and tested it out yesterday. I was a bit surprised at how much resistance there was in milling the grain, but it had a very satisfying down-to-earth feel (and sound) to it.

Once I modify my bucket to prevent the crank handle from getting stuck (I apparently have a weird bucket), I'll probably continue to manually mill my grains-- I'm only doing partial mashes at this point, so it will only be 4 lbs. or less of grain per batch.

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I just bought a Barley Crusher and tested it out yesterday. I was a bit surprised at how much resistance there was in milling the grain, but it had a very satisfying down-to-earth feel (and sound) to it.

Once I modify my bucket to prevent the crank handle from getting stuck (I apparently have a weird bucket), I'll probably continue to manually mill my grains-- I'm only doing partial mashes at this point, so it will only be 4 lbs. or less of grain per batch.

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If you hand crank wheat (which is REALLY, REALLY HARD) you can increase your bust size. At least, that's what I told myself when I hand cranked that first (and only) wheat beer I've ever done.

Unfortunately, I'm right-handed, and so I think it only worked on one side.

Seriously, it's kind of a pain, but it's no big deal. It takes like 10 minutes to hand crank 10 pounds of grain. Rye and wheat are harder, but it's still not very difficult.

If this tiny 135 pound girl can do it, you guys certainly can!
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