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Old 09-10-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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OK, so I got a belated birthday present in the form of a $100 GC to the LHBS, and it's burning a hole in my pocket. I'm thinking grain mill, but am wondering if it will be worth it. Is it? And is it really messy to crush the grain? Can you do it indoors or does it get too dusty? I would likely still buy most, if not all my unmilled grain from the LHBS. Is it worth it for the control of the crush?
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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Having a mill sure makes it easy to justify buying bulk grains. I don't brew enough to keep bulk ingredients...but if I did; the first thing Id have to buy would be a grain mill. Hopes this helps...how often do you brew? Do you like the mill at your LHBS?
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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OK, so I got a belated birthday present in the form of a $100 GC to the LHBS, and it's burning a hole in my pocket. I'm thinking grain mill, but am wondering if it will be worth it. Is it? And is it really messy to crush the grain? Can you do it indoors or does it get too dusty? I would likely still buy most, if not all my unmilled grain from the LHBS. Is it worth it for the control of the crush?
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The biggest advantage having a mill gives you is being able to buy grain in bulk. It will pay for itself the first couple of $28 55lb bags of 2-row you buy.

 
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:54 PM   #4
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I'd argue that the biggest advantage is the ability to control your crush, which influences your efficiency, which then determines how far a sack of grain will get you.

 
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I'd argue that the biggest advantage is the ability to control your crush, which influences your efficiency, which then determines how far a sack of grain will get you.
my LHBS just got a new crusher that allows you to control your crush...it is awesome!...but yeah I assume thats rare
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Control of your own crush....The ability to buy bulk grain......You KNOW you want it, why fight it!

 
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my LHBS just got a new crusher that allows you to control your crush...it is awesome!...but yeah I assume thats rare
You must shop at Steinbarts...

 
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indeed...guilty as charged
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:37 AM   #9
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Mills are awesome, but here is the questions:

Is your LHBS crush a nice crush? If so, and you arent going to buy bulk grain... then why buy a mill at all?

IMHO there are only two reasons to really buy a mill.

1. Your LHBS has a crappy crush, whereas the mill will pay for itself.
2. You are buying in bulk, whereas the mill will pay for itself.

 
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:05 AM   #10
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My LHBS crush isn't bad. I get ~75% eff usually. My desire is partially motivated by more control, but partially motivated by the never satisfied desire to collect more brewing gear. I would possibly buy base malt in bulk. Hmmm....
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