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Old 02-12-2009, 12:41 AM   #1
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Dec 2008
Encinitas, CA, CA
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Hey all,

I just ordered a new Barley Crusher with the 15 Pound hopper. I am having second thoughts about the 15# hopper. It looks large and difficult to store. The 7# hopper may be plenty. Anyone have any feedback on the two hoppers? Is one better than the other?

I probably have a few minutes to cancel and reorder if I get some good feedback.

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Old 02-12-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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May 2008
Durham, NC
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I've got hte 15 and it's really not bad at all. I actually thought I had mistakenly gotten the 7 lb one when I opened the box because it looked pretty small. I'd stick with your decision and keep the 15.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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I am happy with the 7, yeah I guess it would be nice to not have to stop and refil the hopper, but it was not worth the extra money. I store mine in the box it came with and it hides away in the corner nicely.

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Old 02-12-2009, 12:58 AM   #4
The Pol
Feb 2007
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I got the 7 pound hopper for the same reason above... it was not worth the cost to get the 15...

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Old 02-12-2009, 01:13 AM   #5

Go with the 7; it's quite easy to convert the hopper for larger capacity. With what, you ask? Why, a simple plastic wastepaper bin that you can get at any discount store for a $1 or two. Cut off the bottom and put the remaining piece into the stock hopper. You've easily just doubled the capacity.

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Old 02-12-2009, 01:26 AM   #6
Nov 2007
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Yeah, i run a 7 lb at home and a 15 lb at work. It's much nicer having the larger hopper but for the price they want for it i could DIY a bigger hopper easily if i really wanted to.

Make sure you have a drill to use. My cordless drill died after about 2 lbs on my first day with the BC and it took a good 20 minutes and a few rest stops to crank through it all by hand.
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:33 AM   #7
Jan 2009
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As mentioned, for the 25 or so bux extra it costs, it's easy enough to make your own extension for the hopper. I made mine out of some scrap plywood.

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Old 02-12-2009, 02:38 AM   #8
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Dec 2008
montrose co
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I went with the seven,my scale doesnt go to 15# anyway.

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Old 02-12-2009, 02:39 AM   #9
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Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
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I just ordered the 7lb grinder. My plan is to simply build the additional capacity using an old piece square duct I have left from a home project. Since I do 10 gallon batches 15 may not be enough so I can make it as large as I like. I'll be mounting an electric motor so the plan is to fill the hopper and walk away until it's done.
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:47 AM   #10
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Mar 2006
Columbus OH
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I use the 15 for 5 gal batches and have to fill it twice for most beers. Storage is not a problem and I'm in a 970 sq. ft. apt.

I think the 7 would be a PITA for most of my beers. I say keep the 15 don't look back.

And a cordless drill will likely not have enough balls for this mill at a narrow setting once the o-ring has broken (which is normal). So if you don't have one, buy a 120V drill at Home depot for $30.
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