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Old 11-23-2011, 11:47 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a mill to grind grain? I used a chopper to grind the barley but the beer was very cloudy. I think it was because there was too fine of a mash.

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Old 11-23-2011, 11:56 AM   #2
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Malt Mill, by Schmidling, barley crusher, or ant type roller mill. I personallyhave the Maltmill, the adjustable one, and love it.

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Old 11-23-2011, 12:20 PM   #3
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I use a Malt Mill also, and like it. My sense is that all the roller mills do a good job, everyone seems basically happy with them.

Another, less expensive option, is a Corona mill - do a search for it here on HBT and you'll find some threads about it.

Good luck! Getting my own mill was a great step forward for me - I think you'll like it, too!

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Old 11-23-2011, 01:01 PM   #4
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I'd recommend a roller mill if you can afford it. A Corona style is fine if you don't want to spend $100+.

FWIW I built my own, so I can't comment on the quality of one commercial mill over another.

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Old 11-23-2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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If you're serious about making your own beer and needing a mill, I think a roller mill is irreplaceable. I decided to just bite down and buy a Monster Mill 3 roller because I'd rather spend money once. I'm In this to save cash by not buying $100 cases of beer (plus I like the control and process) but at the same time I'm not a cheap skate that won't spend cash. I'd rather spend the money on a good piece of equipment that makes my life easy vs being cheap and having to figure out ways around some things.

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Old 11-23-2011, 02:55 PM   #6
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I've been using a corona mill. Old faithful. They're nice and cheap too. Nice ghetto hopper made from a 1 gallon water jug with the bottom cut off.

However I do plan on upgrading eventually.

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Old 11-23-2011, 04:41 PM   #7
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I too bought the MM3 monster mill, I also motorized it and its a beast or..... monster

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Old 11-23-2011, 05:29 PM   #8
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I got a Corona mill because of its price and simplicity. It's been completely satisfactory. I BIAB, so I'm able to crank the wheels down pretty tight and get a fine crush, grind, or whatever and not worry about stuck mashes/sparges. I'm not a real efficiency freak, but I suspect I'm getting around 80% or so. I'm using the OEM hopper, but have mounted the monster in a bucket to cut down the mess.

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Old 11-23-2011, 05:31 PM   #9
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I LOVE my corona mill. It worked well out of the box, but being a do it yourselfer I made some minor mods. I'm really not sure if it helped or not but so it goes. I have about $25 wrapped up in it, and am getting a nice consistant crush. I've never used a roller mill, but I have no doubt they work great too. It all depends what you are prepared to shell out for your mill.

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Old 11-23-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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I have a Barley Crusher and its great. Simple, easy to adjust, lightweight. I can simply attach my cordless drill to it and buzz through 15lbs of grist in just a few minutes.

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