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Old 05-21-2010, 10:11 PM   #41
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I WANT ONE! Completely cool...



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Old 05-22-2010, 12:06 AM   #42
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Just in case nobody's said it yet, that is pretty damned awesome!!! Kudos to the brew assistant as well.



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Old 07-07-2010, 10:16 AM   #43
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i've been thinking of doing something with concrete rollers and i stumbled across this thread,just wondering,how is the surface of the rollers holding up?

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Old 07-07-2010, 11:38 AM   #44
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i've been thinking of doing something with concrete rollers and i stumbled across this thread,just wondering,how is the surface of the rollers holding up?
The surface of the rollers looks fine - but I only used it about 5 or 6 times. The problem is that with rollers that large in diameter, it takes a lot of force from the motor to crush the grain. I couldn't set the rollers too close or the motor would stall. Therefore I wasn't getting a real great crush. I have a more powerful motor now that I was going to install but since my LHBS upgraded their mill and I actually prefer to use that one.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:19 PM   #45
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I plan on doing something similar.
To form the rollers a 6 inch by 3 inch diameter pvc pipe will be fitted with a 3 inch to .5 inch reducer an each end (see pic below) and and have a .5 inch threaded rod centered in the two fittings. Once the form is assembled with the rod in place it will be filled with cement and left to cure. Once cured the pvc mold is cut away leaving a perfectly round roller with a perfectly centered shaft.
Since the PVC pipe is perfectly round and so are the fittings everything is centered.

What do you guys think???

Here is a pic of the reducer from flexpvc.com
The only problem is that PVC pipe is not perfectly round. Might be close enough though, so it's worth a try. OTOH, mills are not all that expensive to buy off the shelf. It's a dollar chasing a dime kind of thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that, ya know.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:45 PM   #46
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:58 AM   #47
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I need to start becoming more crafty.

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Old 01-12-2011, 10:38 AM   #48
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Nice job. A very well planned out and clean build.

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Old 01-12-2011, 05:37 PM   #49
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Missed this two-year old post...that thing is sweet and my engineer buddies approve 100%. Cheers!



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