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Old 01-12-2012, 01:45 AM   #801
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Not quite done yet, but here it is: some ugly junk. I plan on adding a bigger hopper of some sort, and will probably just use some aluminum foil as a shield to prevent grain from flying out. Also considering going the power drill route -- just need to see if I can find the right pieces at the hardware tomorrow.







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Old 01-13-2012, 02:41 AM   #802
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So I got a 5/16 8" full threaded bolt, but the head on it is too big for any of my drill bits/adapters... I'm not all that handy, so I tried to cut off the head with a hacksaw, but didn't have any luck, given the girth of the bolt (and my lack of a vice). What's the easiest way to cut off that head so I can directly hook up my drill to the bolt shaft? I'm sure I can borrow some bolt cutters, but will a small, single hand one do the job? Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:36 AM   #803
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Dremel? Angle grinder? Hack saw with out a vice won't be easy

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Thanks. I mostly needed to know what to ask to borrow from SWMBO's dad.
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Ah yeah. If you have an angle grinder it'll be maybe 5 seconds. A Dremel might take around 20-30. But very much under a minute. If you go to harbor freight an angle grinder is around 20 and comes in handy during multiple DIY brew stuff FYI.

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I'd just use my angle grinder.....as it turned out, I had a 13mm socket that fit the bolt head and a 3/8" adapter that chucked into my drill. Works fine.

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I'd just use my angle grinder.....as it turned out, I had a 13mm socket that fit the bolt head and a 3/8" adapter that chucked into my drill. Works fine.
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Chucking the drill on a threaded shaft may not be the best of solutions (it may wear down relatively quick and or slide). Might be worth getting the socket instead.
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Chucking the drill on a threaded shaft may not be the best of solutions (it may wear down relatively quick and or slide). Might be worth getting the socket instead.
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I wore my first bolt down pretty quickly, the second one I left the head on and just use the socket adapter.
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Motoroized my corona today for under $1.

2" x 5/8" galvanized lag bolt. 1 5/8 nut. .67¢

cut off rounded head leaving square base. (fits perfectly into chuck of my old B&D corded electric drill) Cut off with a dremel cut off wheel and a hack saw.

no more hand cranking 10+ lb grain bills. can easily put crank back if needed, no permanent mods.

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Did my first crush with the new station yesterday night, and am currently 10 mins into the boil on the brew. Unfortunately, I got way lower efficiency than I'd hoped: 60% or so. The crush looked good to me, but I suppose it could be finer, since I do a stovetop BIAB. Next time I'll crank the plates a bit closer.

Still, mighty satisfying to be able to mill in the same room that I brew in. Thanks for all the help, people!

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