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Old 03-17-2008, 08:34 PM   #11
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Id love to build a plate chiller but im not even sure how they work, I dont have one to dissect and I havent been able to find any diagrams.

The grain mill is on my list but based on the tools (knurling tool for lathe) and the materials (stainless for the rollers and probably gears or pulleys to link the 2 rollers) it would be cheaper to buy one. I also dont think I can do anything better than the store bought ones so I really dont have a good reason to spend so much time and money on that.

If any one can provide a diagram or even good description of the inner workings of a plate chiller I'd be very great full.

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Old 03-18-2008, 12:45 AM   #12
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home made mill is not that hard nor expensive and stainless rollers not necessary
Truley love the capper
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:57 AM   #13
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are those cement rollers?

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Old 03-18-2008, 12:04 PM   #14
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If you have the materials, I'd second the peristaltic pump motion. I've wanted to build one myself as for the reasons cited in the link, they do tend to be overpriced. And they are more fun to watch operate than a March pump.

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Old 03-18-2008, 05:59 PM   #15
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no...not cement, they are stainless but hardened steel is just as good (see pretty much any mill on the market) I'd go as far to say hardened steel is better than stainless rollers. Mine are just covered with grain dust. A good buddy of mine made that mill for me with just a picture from I think the Crankandstein site, he was in need of a project for a machinest course and I was in need of a mill

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Old 03-19-2008, 09:21 AM   #16
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That capper needs some gold leaf, maybe some spinnas.... oooh and hydraulics! It HAS to have hydraulics.

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Old 03-21-2008, 11:01 PM   #17
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Im having trouble getting the crimping piece the right shape so that it puts the caps on tight without getting stuck in the capper. I though about getting a replacement bell for a store bought capper there only like 3 bucks but i can only find the European kind. and suggestion on how to machine one of these or places i can get one cheap?

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Old 03-21-2008, 11:22 PM   #18
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That's great. But it needs racing stripes.

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Old 03-23-2008, 01:36 AM   #19
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I would definitely like to build a grain mill next or maybe the project after that, this one looks nice http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=12858
but im a little concerned about just using plain steel. I've read that iron can denature the amylase enzymes needed for brewing, I dont know how much iron might get into the grain but I imagine if the rollers rusted it would flake off and quite a bit could end up in my mash. unfortunately i can afford stainless steel and i dont think aluminum would hold up, does anyone know what the commercial mills use for rollers? there are a lot of plastics out there does anyone know of a plastic that might hold up as mill rollers?

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