Keg Connection New Inline Flow Control Valve Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Can you use a coffee grinder to mill grain?
Thread Tools
Old 10-06-2009, 07:00 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Logan, UT
Posts: 424
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Can you use a coffee grinder to mill grain?

I've been told that you can, I'm only going to be brewing with speciality grain so I don't have a lot to mill and I'm patient. What are some tips and techniques to using a coffee grinder for this?

thrstyunderwater is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2009, 07:29 AM   #2
Flocculation Nation
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
scrambledegg81's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: SLO-town, CA
Posts: 1,866
Liked 40 Times on 36 Posts
Likes Given: 90


Eh...I'd personally avoid coffee grinders, since they tend to pulverize anything and everything in their path.

Per a previous post on milling that I read, just take a standard rolling pin, 2 sheets of wax paper (1 on top, 1 on bottom), and gently crush until you get a decent consistency of crushed grain vs. hulls. Too many crushed hulls would result in heavier tannins in the final brew.

Originally Posted by beerandloathinginaustin View Post
It's yeast ejaculate. Just try not to get it on your face.
Primary: Nada
Secondary: emptyness
Bottled/Fridge: Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Extra
Bombers/Growlers/Aging: Firestone 19th Anniversary
Kegerator: skint
Coming Up: something spiffy, most likely
scrambledegg81 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2009, 07:30 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 272
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I was thinking the same thing,but you want them cracked not pureed.
Ignorance is something you cant overcome,but you pass it on down and thats something much worse-Dropkick Murphys
mr_clean is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2010, 02:46 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: blacksburg, va
Posts: 113
Liked 8 Times on 4 Posts


well... its probably not great, but for partial mashes since I'm still brewing with plain dried extract I will just use my small starbucks blade grinder and pulse my grains. Takes about 1-2 minutes to get 2-3 pounds of grain into my very-fine straining bag. I'd say 1/4 is pulverized, 1/2 is cracked just right, and 1/4 is barely cracked or intact. Anyway since its a partial i'm really going for increased and robust flavor not so much high effeciency fermentables. I've been really pleased with the results. I don't find much if any tannin flavor leeches out during the partial mash and its been very handy for me personally. The key is the very-fine straining bag so almost no particulate matter enters the wort during boiling afterwards.

It's certainly not optimal, but I live in a small apartment and I can't have more beer equipment like a grinder right now. I will just make do for now. Someday i'll have lots of room and a man area that won't disturb the significant other as much as it already does.
h4rdluck is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2010, 04:31 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central IL
Posts: 3,019
Liked 85 Times on 79 Posts
Likes Given: 21


Coffee grinders are designed to do very small batches......1-2 oz. of beans at a crack, tops. The directions that came with our very nice quality burr coffee mill (Baratza Maestro) specifically enjoin against grinding continuously for more than a few minutes without allowing the machine too cool off a while. My conclusion would be that milling grain in a coffee mill -even a pound of specialty grains- is just asking to burn out a perfectly good coffee mill for no good reason.

I mill all my grain in a very inexpensive Corona-type mill, bought off eBay for less than $25 delivered. To take out the hand labor, I just adapted an electric drill to it with a $ 0.25 hardware store bolt.
“Malt does more than Milton can / To justify God’s ways to man”

-A. E. Housman (1859–1936). A Shropshire Lad , 1896.
rico567 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2010, 06:11 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 692
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 15


I always have small amounts of specialty grains that I can't get at my LHBS at home that I order from NB or William' Brewing. I use a mortar and pestle to crush them. I end up with a variety of sizes of crushed grains, but most importantly the hulls are still intact. It's not ideal, but it works for a quarter or a half pound here and there. Plus, I already have it.

Coffee grinder just turns whole grain to cut up grain, including the hulls.

Just my experience.
Nugent is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2010, 06:47 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 603
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 3


how about the "Magic Bullet"? i have one but have not tried it with doing whole grain.

Has anyone tried it?

not big into all grain, personally, yet. but thinking about switching.

odering a kit from NB this week.

Hockeyhunter99 is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grain Mill - Is corona mill same as meat grinder? aeonderdonk Equipment/Sanitation 16 06-16-2012 02:51 AM
coffee grinder THEDIETZ Equipment/Sanitation 8 10-13-2009 11:01 AM
Using a coffee grinder mishap Jsamp Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 08-18-2009 10:40 PM
Coffee Grinder?? Meatball358 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 08-02-2009 07:11 PM
Converted coffee grinder the_wickster All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 05-21-2009 04:26 AM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads