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Old 03-16-2009, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default Barley Crusher, which size?

I've decided to pick up a 7 lb Barley Crusher. I'm doing partial grain brewing, although I plan to go all grain some day. I figure it's easier to store and I can always run two batches through when I start crushing more grains. If I change my mind later I could add my own box to the hop to increase the hopper size.

Am I making a huge mistake going with the 7 lb hopper?


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Old 03-16-2009, 09:47 PM   #2
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You can easily extend the hopper. Not a big deal.

My new supply source has low prices and uses a nice 3 roller mill for the crush. He talked me out of buying a crusher. It lets me have more freedom to try various grains and not get locked into 50lb bags.


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You can easily extend the hopper. Not a big deal.

My new supply source has low prices and uses a nice 3 roller mill for the crush. He talked me out of buying a crusher. It lets me have more freedom to try various grains and not get locked into 50lb bags.
...but also locks you into a supplier . I guess there are worse things, especially if the prices are low.

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Ahoy hoy,
Get the 15 pounder. Anticipate the future. Save yourself alot of headaches. The way it is constructed at the factory is much better then any 'addition' you will try to stick on later. I had considered doing the same thing, till I saw one. The 15 will have the extension rivitted on, and the edges are lined with padding so as not to slash yourself. And it is full packed when you go 15 pounds thats for sure. And no you dont want to have to do 2 half batches in the 7 pounder. The first time you realize the steps it takes even with an electric drill, the hassle of dumping, refilling, cleaning up the unavoidable mess that will occur when you start dumping and refilling, You will realize that its better to do it once, and all at one time. Ive run 4 or 5 hundred pounds of grain through mine, and every time I do, I smile at the thought of all the hassles I saved myself from by spending the extra jack, and getting the 15 pound model. You will not regret it.
Oh, and just to clarify, I hate spending money on things I can build myself, but this is one instance where its better to let the guy whos building the product to add the accessory . The way its made, anything but a tin hopper is going to throw its balance off, HAS to be physically attached to the lower hopper, because, if it isnt, you will find out just what a mess pounds of spilt grain can make.
I give you this advice from my own experiences. But I say again, this is one instance where its not worth trying to save a few bucks because your going to "make your own" . Opinions will vary. But you really DONT want to make your own hopper.
Whatever way you go though, the barley crusher is an outstanding product. Its worked flawlessly for me over the last year. Very well made.
And good luck in your endeavors!
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I've got the bigger hopper on my crusher, and it works just fine. That being said the hopper is simply some additional sheet metal riveted into place to the 7# hopper below. You could easily get some thin sheet metal from the store and a cheap rivet gun and make your own that would be just as nice. I may even do this when I build a stationary milling station.

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Or you could go crazy and extend the 7# hopper to 20# capacity. Then you would have the best Barley Crusher ever!
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Or you could go crazy and extend the 7# hopper to 20# capacity. Then you would have the best Barley Crusher ever!
But what happens when someone extends to 25#?

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I just refill the hopper and keep on grinding...never really struck me as a problem.


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My new supply source has low prices and uses a nice 3 roller mill for the crush. He talked me out of buying a crusher. It lets me have more freedom to try various grains and not get locked into 50lb bags.
Why would a grain mill force you to get locked into 50lb bags?
...granted, you can save quite a bit buying your most common grains in bulk but it's not like you have to.
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But what happens when someone extends to 25#?

The universe implodes.
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I know that we sell way more 7lb Hoppers than 15. It is mostly due to the price, and the fact that pouring more grain into the hopper just is not that big a deal for most people.

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