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Revvy 11-29-2008 07:11 PM

My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station...
 
Now that Biermuncher's gone all fancy smancy and glossy magazine quality with his projects, I figured there was a vacancy in the "hack and slash" method of DIY builds.

Yooper so wonderfully gifted me with a corona mill, and I decided to throw together a little "station" for it.

(And before you dis the corona, I betcha don't realize that Charlie Papazian has been using the same Corona Mill he started doing allgrain with and HE gets 87% efficieny...so bite me :D)

Anyhoo, this is what I came up with.

Living in my loft I have very few tools, and little space for them...about the only power tool I have is a drill.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ina_bucket.jpg

One of my ubiquitous soysauce buckets is the base of it. The mill sits on a cheap pressboard shelf I got at the hardware that I drilled through with a holesaw. A folger's plastic coffee container is used to keep the grain from flying all over the place (it's glued in place with "amazing goop")

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...nto_bucket.jpg

The bucket is notched (using a coping saw) to seat the shelf into.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/notched.jpg

Revvy 11-29-2008 07:15 PM

While at the hardwarestore getting the shelf and goop I came across this drain thingy....I thought it would make a great hopper...And it did.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/hopper.jpg

The smaller side was a wee bit too large to fit the corona, so I used some gaffer's tape to build it up enought for a snug fit.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/gaf_tape.jpg

And here with the drill in place it's all set to go....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...with_drill.jpg

The red of the folgers can and the red of the drill complement each other nicely, don'tja think???

:mug:

boo boo 11-29-2008 07:20 PM

hey. I've been using a porkert, which is a corona knockoff, for over 3 years now. I have got over 80% efficiency regularly, but knocked it back to 75% because I found it had a better taste due to less astringency from the torn/shredded husks.

I have no plans on getting a new mill either.

Revvy 11-29-2008 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boo boo (Post 980692)
hey. I've been using a porkert, which is a corona knockoff, for over 3 years now. I have got over 80% efficiency regularly, but knocked it back to 75% because I found it had a better taste due to less astringency from the torn/shredded husks.

I have no plans on getting a new mill either.


So what's your milling setup look like?

I still need to do something for the flying bits...I know some users use plastic bags over the front end.

boo boo 11-29-2008 07:31 PM

I'll bring up photoshop and post a pic in a minute

Here it is
http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/nflder/?action=view&current=hops009.jpg

http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/nflder/?action=view&current=hops006.jpg

http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/nflder/?action=view&current=hops008.jpg

boo boo 11-29-2008 07:37 PM

I've since rounded out the plywood so it don't look quite as ugly.

Revvy 11-29-2008 07:43 PM

I remember your pics!!!! Your postings were my inspiration for my build....I actually though about doind something similar with metal that you did, and then I noticed the coffee can was the right height for my mill.

Thanks for the inspiration!!!

boo boo 11-29-2008 07:47 PM

Whatever work for you is one of my mottos :-)

Brew-boy 11-29-2008 08:04 PM

Nice job oh ye great craftsman............

Zymurgrafi 11-29-2008 10:25 PM

hey, looks fairly familiar
(post picture here of mine when sober enough to take one)

Only my hopper will hold up to 20 or so lb. of grains. It is a former water cooler jug attached to a quaker oats tub with duct tape of course...

My only advice. Make your shield (folgers can) go a little higher. Depending on your drill you will have a lot of grain fly out of there. I have been using a corded drill lately and the grain flies. Seems to have boosted my efficiency too...


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