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Old 06-07-2012, 01:10 AM   #1
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So I just got my new 3D in the mail today (finally), and I'm considering a compact design for the hopper. I like both of these designs:

http://www.slobrewer.com/howto/building-a-compact-crankandstein-mill-base-and-hopper/

http://maltmunchingmashmonsters.com/diy/crankandstein.html


I'm wondering what other variations you all have made for the enclosure / hopper. So show me your designs!

Thinking about going with the second design but with bend aluminum sides to increase the hooper capacity.


Thoughts?

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:42 AM   #2
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I don't have any pictures handy, but I took a 5 gallon water cooler jug and cut the bottom out and used a hole saw to cut a hole in a piece of 2x4 to fit the neck into. I then fastened the 2x4 to a piece of 1/4" plywood which sits over the mill.... done and done.

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How's the dust out the sides? After milling at my HBS I feel like unenclosed sides should be enclosed, no?

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I are dumb... I found an old pic of it



I had trouble with the motor slipping against the metal, even with lock washers, so I laid a piece of 1x10 over the top of the cart and remounted everything... haven't had any problems since. As for dust, as you can see, the cart is open so I mill out in the driveway, but I took some cardboard and made a little chute to the bucket under it and that helped contain it some.

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I went the water cooler carboy route as well on my 2D. The neck slides into a little box I made out of plywood which is mounted to the top of the mill. Check it out here: http://www.microbusbrewery.org/2012/01/grain-build-part-2.html

For the sides of mine, I picked up some thin acrylic sheet from Lowe's and cut it to fit. The material is pretty cheap and it's kinda cool to be able to see the rollers spinning.

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Old 06-07-2012, 02:31 AM   #6
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That's a nice setup, don't have the tools yet to weld something would have to borrow from a friend. Definitely a good idea though! I like the way your pulley is inside your cart/table..... Also don't have the space to store yet anther gizmo. Looks very sharp, need to convince the wife to let me build it

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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Thinking about going with the second design but with bend aluminum sides to increase the hooper capacity.

Thoughts?
I went with the second one also, albeit not as pretty. Works perfectly. Next stage is to motorise it.

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Maybe not as compact as you'd like, but it's been working well for years. The hopper comes off with three bolts, but I've never taken it off. That's a 10gal brute under it for scale... so not too big. I recommend going with a gearmotor over a sheave system. Safer and more compact. Think I've fit near 40lb of grain in the hopper. Corners are compound miter - looked up the angles on a crown molding woodworking site. Oak plywood.

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Wow, that hopper is massive, can you post in inside picture? I love that you compound mittered the corners, that gives it a very nice and finished look. Did you do the mittering on a table saw?

In my current setup I will mostly be doing 5 to 10 gallon batches, so 40LB for the hopper sieze is somewhat overkill ;-)

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Vertical part of the hopper is only 10'' tall, so not too big.

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