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Hoppopotomus 09-18-2012 11:17 PM

Hoppo's Rustic Motorized Grain Mill Cabinet and Grain Storage Bin
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Here's a thread to chronicle my newest creations to properly outfit my rustic brewery. The next stage of the process is to build a cabinet to house my grain mill and motorize it. The cabinet will be built of similar materials as my keezer, bar, fermentation chambers, etc. and will incorporate knotty pine, cedar logs, and tumbled travertine. I will also incorporate in this thread my grain storage bin and grain weighing station to be built of similar materials.

This first post is to show pics. of the Barley Crusher grain mill that I purchased from a gentleman off of craislist this week for $60. Overall it is in decent shape and cleaned up nicely. The base had some stains on it so I primed it and will shoot it with stainless steel spray paint if I decide to use it at all. Here are a few pics of the mill.

TNGabe 09-18-2012 11:20 PM

You're idea of 'rustic' is a far stretch from mine. My rustic brewery is my carport with hogs and cattle just over the fence. $60 is a score on the mill!:D

Hoppopotomus 09-18-2012 11:25 PM

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For those of you who are not familiar with my other builds here are a few pics. of other things that I have built that have provided the inspiration for these up coming builds as well.

The first pic. is one of my rustic bar.

The second pic. is one of my rustic keezer.

The third pic. is one of my rustic fermentation chambers.

The fourth pic. is a current pic. of my progress in my brewery.

I will be incorporating links in the signature line of my profie for all of these builds if anyone is interested in my other projects. Enjoy! :mug:

Hoppopotomus 09-18-2012 11:32 PM

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Ok....onto the milling station. This first set of pics shows the bases being framed and sitting next to my brewing station in the brewery. I wanted to add a little character to the cabinet and lower the grain mill to make pouring grains into the hopper easier. I recessed the middle 1/3 of the top of the cabinet and cut out the r/o for the door. The top will be trimmed out with knotty pine boards and then cement board and tumble travertine will be added to a 3 surfaces on the top. I will cut a hole in the top to allow grain to fall into a chute below to direct it to the bucket. The bucket will sit on shelf with heavy duty drawer slides, so that the bucket of grains can be pulled out of the cabinet for easy access. I will also cut a narrow slit in the top to allow for the pulley system to motorize the mill. The motor will be housed underneath the cabinet.

Hoppopotomus 09-18-2012 11:39 PM

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A few more pics. of my progress tonight. This will be the approximate location of the mill on the recessed top surface. I am not installing flooring or a back to the cabinet until I have the motor in my possession and figure out how I am going to mount the motor underneath. I managed to install the casters after the bulk of the cabinet was built and rolled it into it's final resting place when the rest of the brewery is finished. The elevated top surface on the left will be where my grain scale will sit and the elevated top surface on the right is where I will put my IPad or a lap top. To the left of the milling cabinet will be a grain storage bin with a dehumidifier built in. It will also match the rustic decor. In one of the earlier pics. you can see the base for that project, but I didn't have enough plywood to build the cabinet box for that. That's it for the evening. :mug:

Hoppopotomus 09-19-2012 12:18 AM


Originally Posted by TNGabe (Post 4424251)
You're idea of 'rustic' is a far stretch from mine. My rustic brewery is my carport with hogs and cattle just over the fence. $60 is a score on the mill!:D

That's some funny sh*t TNgabe! :cross:

Yeah, $60 is a great price. I have had a lot of great luck with craigslist purchases for my project. Now I need to get my hands on a proper 1/3 or 1/2 hp motor. I had a patient offer me one, but he gave away his larger motors when he went home to search and only has 1/8 hp and smaller. I have several people hunting for me and I'm checking CL daiy to find a great deal.

Hoppopotomus 09-20-2012 08:52 PM

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Got my hands on a 1/3 hp single phase, 115v, 1725 rpm motor today from a patient of mine. Another patient offered me a motor, but is yet to bring it in. In conversation while working with this gentleman I asked him if he had any leads for an electric motor and he said "yeah, in my basement". I went over to his house to pick it up. He wanted to just give it to me, but I gave him $20 for it, which he reluctantly took. Now I just need to order the 12" and 1 1/2" sheaves and the 3/8" to 1/2" sleeve for the shaft of the mill. I can pick up a belt here in town for around $10.

I also have been gradually cannibalizing an old entertainment center and using up the remaining lumber in my builds. I built an exhaust hood and my lager chamber out of repurposed lumber. I had a couple of drawers from it left over and decided to incorporate them into the cabinet of the grain milling station. I used up some more of the lumber to box in the r/o's for the drawers and will, as well as the drawer glides. Of course, I'll swap ot the drawer fronts with some knotty pine ones when I get a chance to cut them to size and router the edges. Another bigger drawer will be used as the pull out for my grain bucket underneath. Here's a few pic.

bmunos 09-21-2012 02:25 AM

.... :fro: wow....

Hoppopotomus 09-21-2012 10:26 AM

Thanks. I hit Menards yesterday to purchase all of the T&G knotty pine and trim boards to dress this thing out. Need to get back down to my parents' property to get a few more cedar logs to rip down for trim pieces. I'll try to get it covered in knotty pine and fully trimmed out this weekend, but my daughter is having a b-day party tommorow starting at 3:00 p.m., with 8 girls spending the night. :eek: Last night at dinner, I told my wife that I was going to lock myself in the basement brewery room from the time the party starts until the next morning when the all leave. My daughter, who is 8, said that she doesn't want me to be "making a bunch of noise building stuff in the basement" during her party. :drunk:

Hoppopotomus 09-21-2012 05:06 PM

I was hoping to get some advice from the forum members. I was planning on purchasing a 12" pulley for the grain mill shaft and then use a 2" on the motor for a 6:1 ratio. That would drop the 1725 rpm down to 287 rpm....still a little faster than the mfg. recommendation. I have a Grainger warehouse 3 miles from my office, so I went onto their site to check some prices. Holy sh*t! The larger pulley is $37.90, the smaller pulley is $5.66, and the 3 pack of 3/8" to 1/2" reducing bushings is $7.19. Grand total is $50.75, which is more than I care to spend, but will do so if it's my only choice.

Does anyone have any other leads on someplace with better pricing, or is this standard for the industry. I am not find anything cheaper on ebay and the like, so I was hoping that someone would have some advice. I am also not opposed to going in a completely other direction to gear this down if someone has any other cost effective options. Thanks! :mug:

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