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Old 09-19-2006, 11:42 PM   #1
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So, I got one of those cheap corona style grain mills -

I don't recommend. The adjustment is really touchy, and the mill plate (or whatever you call it) is not square. Some grains come out as powder, while others come out without a scratch. Needless to say, it caused my first stuck mash in my brewing career today - not fun.

I have yet to see what kind of efficiency I will get from the crush. My pre-boil gravity reads at 1.036 or so - from 9lbs of 2-row, .5 lbs Biscuit, and .5 lbs Crystal (80L). I'll let ya'll know what the gravity reads post boil later tonight.

Well . . . hop addition coming up . . . .5 oz. Saaz.



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Old 09-19-2006, 11:56 PM   #2
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Some people use them very well. But I still hvae not thought to buy one. I like the ones that the Local home brew shops have. Seems to do a good job and they bought the expensive one... so why not use it



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Old 09-20-2006, 01:45 AM   #3
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Some people use them very well. But I still hvae not thought to buy one. I like the ones that the Local home brew shops have. Seems to do a good job and they bought the expensive one... so why not use it
I wish I had an LHBS.

I get most of my supplies via mail. There is a higher end liquor store in P-Town that has some supplies. There is nothing around here that has a mill, though.

My mash tonight was one huge bowl of goo . . .it was gross!
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I don't suppose that you could clean it up and return it. I have a Barley Crusher and love it.

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I don't suppose that you could clean it up and return it. I have a Barley Crusher and love it.
I only paid $11.00 for the damn thing - Northern Tools. Came with a free hat, too. So, I would feel bad returning it. You get what you pay for, though. Can you guys give me links to those products you mentioned?
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I bought one off eBay. It works pretty well. It's an old fashined handle crank thingie... looks like i've got a midieval torture device in there next to my rack and ironmaiden.

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Barley Crusher > http://barleycrusher.com/ It comes ready to go, has a crank and fits nicely on a 5 gallon plastic pail.

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So, I got one of those cheap corona style grain mills -

I don't recommend. The adjustment is really touchy, and the mill plate (or whatever you call it) is not square. Some grains come out as powder, while others come out without a scratch.
I used one that sounds like yours for several years. It was better than crushing with a rolling pin or an exacto knife, but never produced consistent results. I changed to a JSP mill http://schmidling.com/maltmill.htm which I got on sale at my LHBS, and have been a happy camper ever since.

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That Barley Crusher MaltMIll looks like a pretty good deal for the price. So does this only slightly more expensive Crankandstein GCM-BCC. I was about to buy the Crankandstein mill, but now I'm reconsidering...

One question I have about both of these drill-driven units. My local HBS has a belt driven mill that looks like a crankandstein. It rolls pretty slowly and does a great job crushing grain. These 3/8ths drill-driven mills seem like they'd be hard to drive at a consistently slow and even speed. My drill is variable only to the degree that I can control my trigger finger. I don't have a speed setting. Do any of you have a problem controlling the grind rate when using a drill to drive the mill?



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