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Old 05-12-2009, 04:28 PM   #1
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Wow, does anyone not use a drill to cursh with the BC? I used arm strength and man, it was work!

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Old 05-12-2009, 04:33 PM   #2
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i used it without a drill for a short time. i got my BC right after moving into my house and i had lost my cordless drill for a few weeks until i opened the right box. i think i did two batches that just seemed to take forever to get 10+ pounds of grain crushed.

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Old 05-12-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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I keep the handle handy incase the battery dies on my POS drill.

Otherwise, nope.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:37 PM   #4
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I did it once, and will never do it again.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:38 PM   #5
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yeah me too - once was enough. I use a corded Makita on mine.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:40 PM   #6
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my barley crusher is arriving on thursday, and the handle is immediately coming off.

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Old 05-12-2009, 04:47 PM   #7
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Every batch...every week (sometimes 2x per week) since January. And I condition my malt which makes it even harder to turn.

I don't get nearly enough exercise but in the last 4-5 months I've been doing this my weenie arms have gotten...less weenie. I def feel it when I'm done. It's actually holding down the BC that takes half the effort.

I just condition the malt...let it sit to absorb the moisture while I portion out and treat my water...and then I grind the malt while the strike water is heating. So it doesn't add too much time to the brewday.

Between that, using a little 1' long wooden spoon as a mash paddle, and all the lifting of pots/carboys/buckets my arms get a bit of a workout during a brewday. But I need it.

...and boy are my arms tired!
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:54 PM   #8
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I did it a couple of times. My 7 year old daughter even help me out once. Then I thought I'd hook my cordless drill up and see what happened. Now I've become lazy.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:53 PM   #9
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I use a drill, but I run it fairly slow. Can I crank that sucker up to full speed without sacrificing quality?

Guess I could just experiment, but I get no post count for that.

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Old 05-12-2009, 08:09 PM   #10
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I hand crank my all grain starters. Does that count?
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