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Old 01-13-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Crankandstein not grinding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just set up my new Crankandstein 328D mill, tried to run some grain through, but the grain just sits on top of the rollers. I tried just a little handfull, and the drive roller spins but the other 2 seem to get bound up with the grain and won't turn.
Anyone else have this happen to them?


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Old 01-14-2010, 03:10 AM   #2
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Did you mount it square?


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Old 01-14-2010, 04:34 AM   #3
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Holy ****. 328D. Are you a commercial brewery?

Hand crank or drill? Are you using the factory settings or did you adjust the crush?

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Old 01-14-2010, 04:59 AM   #4
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My sister-in-law raises horses. Gonna see if she has a old grain mill I can use.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:22 AM   #5
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My sister-in-law raises horses. Gonna see if she has a old grain mill I can use.

I have many horses and except for "sweet feed" as an occasional treat we feed our horses alfalfa hay. Don't know of anyone who "mills" grains for their horses. Montanaandy
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:12 AM   #6
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It is mounted square, trying to start a commercial brewery. I'm using a motor to drive the mill, geared down to 280RPM, the manufacturer suggests 200RPM, there is only one driven roller, the others turn as the grain goes through, but the 2 non driven rollers will get a couple of peices of grain in them and then not turn while the driven roller turns.
I wonder if the extra 80RPM that I'm running is the culprit?
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:47 AM   #7
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I had one, and couldnt get it to work consistently, so i sold it.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:14 PM   #8
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I have this happen sometimes if the gap is too tight. Or sometimes the grain just doesn't drain out of the hopper properly. When this happens I give the grain a poke with a dowel rod to get it to drop. Sometimes I'll CAREFULLY give the upper roller (non-powered one) a litle manual spin to get it to engage the grain
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You basically have the same mill as I do but yours is on steroids I would agree that the gap may be too tight - you don't mention what you have it set at. I just left mine at the factory setting of .45 and even that setting requires quite a bit of elbow grease to get it going at times. I use the hand crank - I found that using a drill I was unable to get the crush that I wanted (too fine) because it was difficult to control the RPM's. Montanaandy
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I have it set 1 or 2 settings below the factory setting, maybe I'll try the factory setting.


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