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Old 07-30-2008, 11:27 PM   #11
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Have you thought about laminating some arborite to the inside surfaces of the hopper? You'd probably not have to manually feed the grain with a nice slick inside surface.
True, but I like to fiddle... heh
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:33 PM   #12
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:06 AM   #13
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Hmm I wonder if you could put something on that would vibrate thus move the grain into the mill.

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Hmm I wonder if you could put something on that would vibrate thus move the grain into the mill.
Hmmm sounds like another good use for that vibrating football game, other than as a continuous hoping device that is
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:51 AM   #15
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that is wanna of the coolest things i have seen that has been built (besides Ed's brewhut of coarse). Great job

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so barley is a leaves of hops? or barley is a different plant? and blend with hops? I need that to be cleared thanks..
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:33 PM   #16
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Hmm I wonder if you could put something on that would vibrate thus move the grain into the mill.
I was thinking the same thing. There's already a motor, you could unbalance the wheel but the whole setup would probably bounce all over the place. Or run another belt to a smaller wheel designed to vibrate the underside of the hopper.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:50 PM   #17
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The hopper is made with sanded plywood. Its not as slick as it could be, but it does a good job of dropping the grain into the mill. The next time I use it, I won't mess with the grain and see how much makes it way through by itself - I'd guess 80+%. But I do like to mess with stuff... besides, it is not like it's something that run 24/7 - only 2 minutes once every few weeks. heh

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Speaking of messing with the grain... I got nervous every time you put your hand near that opening. Yikes!

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Heh, yeah - doesn't seem that smart. Maybe you can't tell from the photos, but its a full inch drop down to the actual mill.

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I was cringing as well. Get one of those cheap hand-held whisk brooms and just use it solely for the mill, hang it on a peg underneath.

Be very careful of that dust. If it builds up it can be explosive. I'm eventually going to build a station like that myself, but will roll it over to the garage door opening to do the milling if I don't enclose the bottom completely with a door on the front.

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