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Old 01-01-2011, 11:10 PM   #21
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That's the one I got a year ago. Just a couple of comments on it.

It's good to have the bigger hopper (as this one has). It holds about 2 lbs. If you want bigger, I think you can fashion a milk container to add on the top.

You can replace the bolt in the handle with one with a square drive and run it with an electric drill. The thread is metric so you will need to go to the specialty area of the hardware store. I found a bolt in Lowes. Although I can drive it with a drill, I just hand crank. It only takes a couple of minutes of cranking for 5 lbs of grain.

It sits low to a table. Just a couple of inches clearance. You can fashion it to clamp on some wood and run straight into a bucket. Me I just place a low ceramic oven pan under it to catch the grain and tip it into a large bowl when full.
I was thinking of adding a ~3L Poland Springs water bottle to the top (cut the opening larger, then slice the bottom off) to add more volume to the hopper. I do have some sheet metal on hand that I could fashion into a larger hopper if the bottle doesn't do it for me.

I figured I'd play it by ear on the crank for the first few times. Once I see how it goes, I might adapt it for my 1/2" cordless drill (a nice Dewalt model).

I've seen what some people have done to adapt their milling station to allow more grains to go through (on these pages/threads) which I might modify to fit my needs/situation. I would love to be able to mill the grain on brew-day, so that I could be assured of it's freshness. Not to mention dialing it in to get best results.


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Old 01-01-2011, 11:40 PM   #22
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Check gap with a feeler gauge. If you have a car, you should have one of these.



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Check gap with a feeler gauge. If you have a car, you should have one of these.
The one I have probably won't work properly (disc style for spark plugs)... BUT, I know there's a great one in my father's tool box (or at least there was last time I looked)... Next time I'm up at my sister/mother's place I'll have to see if it's still there, If it is, I'm swiping it (along with some more of his old Snap-On tools)... I know my sister and brother in law won't use any of those, and my mother doesn't use them either. They'll be all mine once I get a house anyway, so might as well take what I can use now.
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I've placed my dial caliper onto some cd's and get a reading of between .045 and .049, does that sound right for the gap you guys use? If so, would you re-crush (or crush if you get whole grains) to/below .039? Farmhouse Brewing Supply crushes their grain to .039, which is what I used yesterday to brew. Looking back at yesterday's brew day, and the poor efficiency numbers I got (really pitiful). I think it all comes down to the cooler being too wide to put enough water onto the grains.

I'm thinking (now) of just getting another 32-40 quart pot to use for the sparge (or mash) and forget about the cooler method for now. Or get a second grain bag and split the grist up into both so that they are submerged properly. With the ball valve I got leaking (a very slow leak, but still a leak) where it comes through the cooler, I'm leaning towards the second pot method.

I could pull the valve out of the cooler and install it into either the pot I have already, or the second pot I pick up. Since I got better results when I did the pot partial mash, I think I'll go back to that. Just need to decide if I want to install the valve into one of the pots, and use that for the boil off (would be easier to dump into the primary that way.

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I cranked the plates down until I got scared; then I tightened it a bit more.....

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Well, I guess you guys gave some good reasons but I don't see where you can get bulk grain for 50% off of the usual LHBS milled price. The cheapest 2 row bag I've seen is $50 for 50#, which is a buck a pound, and I can get it milled from AHS for 1.25. Sure, there's shipping, but AHS gives a flat rate ($8) and I'd have to buy hops and yeast anyway.

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Well, I guess you guys gave some good reasons but I don't see where you can get bulk grain for 50% off of the usual LHBS milled price. The cheapest 2 row bag I've seen is $50 for 50#, which is a buck a pound, and I can get it milled from AHS for 1.25. Sure, there's shipping, but AHS gives a flat rate ($8) and I'd have to buy hops and yeast anyway.
It's not ONLY about cost savings. For one thing, you can get a 50-55 pound sack of grain, keeping it whole until brew day, then mill/crush your own grain right before brewing, ensuring it's as fresh as possible. Otherwise, unless you're going to use all your crushed grain in ~2 months, you shouldn't purchase large amounts.

Another factor is you can crush grain to the size that works best for your setup/system. You might want it a little finer, or coarser than the LHBS (or other source) crushes grain at. Having your own mill/crusher gives you that option...

Since I'm about to start a new job, when I'm ready for more grain (should be in about 3-4 weeks) I'll be getting all whole grain, and a double roller crusher... I'll plan on crushing the grain on brew day, so that I know it's as fresh as possible. I plan on having the adapter (on hand) to use my cordless drill with the mill, so I can either hand crank it (to set the crush size) or go powered (once size is set for the grain)...
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Well, I guess you guys gave some good reasons but I don't see where you can get bulk grain for 50% off of the usual LHBS milled price. The cheapest 2 row bag I've seen is $50 for 50#, which is a buck a pound, and I can get it milled from AHS for 1.25. Sure, there's shipping, but AHS gives a flat rate ($8) and I'd have to buy hops and yeast anyway.
Find a brew group in your area.

I'm putting together a bulk grain buy in the next couple weeks. 2-Row is $0.46lbs, MO is $0.69 lbs.
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Got a monster mill for Christmas. Was shocked at how much my efficiency went up. I thought at first mabee i measured my grain wrong and used to much.....nope, it was the mill. Nice to get 2 row for $33 a bag.

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Got a monster mill for Christmas. Was shocked at how much my efficiency went up. I thought at first mabee i measured my grain wrong and used to much.....nope, it was the mill. Nice to get 2 row for $33 a bag.
What was your efficiency before, and now?

From what I've been told, by brewers with their own mills, the flavor of the brew will also be improved when crushing on brew day... I'm itching to test this out... Just need the paycheck's to start coming in (start work either on the 17th, or the week after)...


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