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Old 04-06-2012, 04:08 PM   #981
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I'm not sure how to hook up my mill to my drill. The bolt that holds the handle onto the auger is bent into a hook at the end to push down a washed that holds the handle. and I'm pretty sure that the bolt isnt a standard thread. Anyone have an answer for me? I got one of the 500 mills at discount tommie
I have the same mill from DT. I just did a quick-and-dirty adapter. The bolt that goes into the back of the auger is metric thread, as one would expect. I went to the hardware store with the bolt (taking the auger would probably have been better) and found a stainless steel metric bolt that fit. I threaded it in , and just used a 13mm socket (that's the size of the bolt head) to adapt it to an old Craftsman 1/2" AC drill I have. Been crushing malt with that setup for over 3 years, no problems.

Here are some pix of my setup from way back in this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-ugly-junk-corona-mill-station-90849/index21.html#post1408147
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:40 PM   #982
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Thanks guys. I may try that out. I brought the bolt in with me to try to find a nut that would fit on it and then finding the corresponding bolt for it. I might not have tried the metric sizes.

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Old 04-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #983
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Thanks guys. I may try that out. I brought the bolt in with me to try to find a nut that would fit on it and then finding the corresponding bolt for it. I might not have tried the metric sizes.
It's made in Mexico, so I figured metric. Don't need a nut. The bolt screws in clockwise, the same direction the mill is run by the drill. Just screw it in and go.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:22 PM   #984
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I got the bolt and it all works pretty well. Can anyone tell me if these husks look too shredded or does my crush look pretty good?

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:25 PM   #985
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From what little i can see i would say crush more...do you have any whole or undamaged grains at all? All grains need to be broken...use this as your guide and don't fear some flour IMO.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:40 PM   #986
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Crush more, I crush pretty fine and use a strainer bag, but that's just me and my set up hovering in the 76-79% range depending on wheat content.

That being said your looks like it can use a bit more. It does take a bit to dial in... have you measured your gap? I'm at a credit card plus a not quite a thin bonus card (tech terms eh!) I can't get 2 credit cards in gap.

OH BTW that looks like crystal or some toasted roasted malt... TEST with Base grain 2-row. Corona Handles kiln dried malt differently than base. Tune fore base malt... the rest is gravy.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:45 PM   #987
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hmmm well it already looks leaps and bounds better than when I get it online. I'l tighten it down some more. thanks everyone for the help.

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This is my milling station. It is the Weston mill from walmart.com. I attach it to my Black & Decker Workmate 200. Under the plates I attached a funnel that has been notched to fit under the mill. The spout of the funnel was cut off about an inch. On top of the factory hopper I added an HVAC vent boot that I found from my local Lowes store.

On brew day, I place a bucket under the bench. I then clamp in a piece of PVC piping. I attach the mill to the bench and work in the funnel. The grain collects nicely right into the bucket.

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I haven't posted the mods to my original UJ mill since I assembled it. There are two big improvements: 1) I got tired of filling the included hopper, so a neighbor donated an enlarged hopper to handle the biggest grain bills. 2) The bucket I was using to catch the discharge of grist wasn't any too stable, so I used an "Ale Pail" that was being retired from fermentation as a catch bucket....worked perfectly. ("Perfect" in this context meaning that the bucket containing the mill rests on the rim of the lower bucket without becoming stuck.)
The second pic shows how the mill is mounted below the rim of the bucket and driven through a hole in the side. This allows the lid to rest on top with the hopper in place, preventing stuff from flying all over.
The fourth pic just shows how everything looks with the drill in place and completely assembled.

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I NEED the giant water jug hopper. I have a monster cup-type deal with the stock hopper and even that will only hold about 3lbs. of grain at a time. I want to load all my grain to the hopper, set the drill/motor, and walk away/do other things.

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