Grain mills - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Grain mills

Thread Tools
Old 01-21-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
Sep 2009
chicago, Illinois
Posts: 59
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I have been thinking about switching to all grain instead of extracts... I have been looking at mills and I see that on and other sites they pretty expensive. I was looking on E bay and saw

is this good or would I be buying a piece of crap.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2010, 11:57 PM   #2
HSM's Avatar
Jan 2009
McMurray, PA
Posts: 460
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Standard "Corona" style mill, and lots of people use them.
"Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis."

Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2010, 11:58 PM   #3
Senior Member
ajf's Avatar
Oct 2005
Long Island
Posts: 4,646
Liked 105 Times on 99 Posts

That's similar to a Corona Mill. Lots of people use the Corona (or something similar) and get OK results. I used a Corona for many years, before I switched to a roller mill. The roller mill is undoubtedly better, but it cost a lot more.
The Corona mill was slow, so it took longer to mill the grains (but the extra time was not excessive).
My Corona came with a hopper, so I could feed more grains in it that the one you showed. I think the hopper was very much worth while.
The Corona was difficult to adjust to get a good and consistent grind. This did not seem to affect the results I got with it (which were good). I never noticed any change in efficiency when I switched.
The only reason I switched was to decrease my brewday time (with it did by about 15 minutes), and to improve my efficiency. The efficeincy did improve eventually, but it was caused by changing my brewing procedures, and had nothing to do with the mill.

There are only 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary, and those that don't.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 12:32 AM   #4
RIBeer's Avatar
Apr 2008
Rhode Island
Posts: 204
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Lots of us have gotten started with a mill like that. I switched from my Corona to a Barley Crusher last year, only because it took so long to mill my grains for making 10 gal batches. Using a drill to power it and tricking it our with extra spacer washers made a big difference. The deal maker for my switch is that my LHBS offered me more in a trade value for the Corona than I paid for it!

Once you get the mill dialed in, you can make some great beer for a long time

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 12:43 AM   #5
MikeG's Avatar
Mar 2008
Atlanta, GA
Posts: 997
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts

Don't let the lack of a grain mill keep you from going all grain. Brewmasters Warehouse and the other vendors here I know will mill your grains for you w/o extra charge when you buy a recipe.

Didn't exactly answer your question but I don't own one and have been brewing AG for 6 months. Good luck with finding a grain mill and going AG.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 12:46 AM   #6
boo boo
Jun 2005
Hearts's Delight, Newfoundland
Posts: 4,165
Liked 36 Times on 31 Posts

If you can afford to buy a roller mill and you intend on staying in the hobby, then buy a roller mill.
I own a corona knockoff and am satisified with my results to not go buy anything else, but if I had to do it over, I see a difference in crushes made by roller mills that would convince me to buy one initially.
How do you BBQ an elephant....first you get your elephant....

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 12:55 AM   #7
Steelers77's Avatar
Feb 2009
Janesville, WI
Posts: 2,155
Liked 103 Times on 75 Posts

Either go with a roller mill (ie: moster mill or barley crusher) or just have your homebrew shop crush the grains. That $20 plus shipping could go towards a a mill that will last you a lifetime.
2016 Hops are arriving!

Get your hops, over 100 varieties starting at $.80/oz!


Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 01:04 AM   #8
Nov 2009
Victoria, BC, Canada
Posts: 27

I'm really happy with my barley crusher and I've only used it once. The corona mill's work just as well but I really like the hopper on the barley crusher and how quickly it mills grain when its motorized. I wouldn't want to crank through 10lbs of grain again my hand.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 01:15 AM   #9
Dec 2009
Posts: 202

Originally Posted by commandercool724 View Post
I have been thinking about switching to all grain instead of extracts... I have been looking at mills and I see that on and other sites they pretty expensive. I was looking on E bay and saw

is this good or would I be buying a piece of crap.
Bought mine from monster mills website well built,works great!

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2010, 01:23 AM   #10
Nov 2009
Upstate NY
Posts: 329
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

I just bought my barley crusher from Austin Homebrew. It works GREAT. The crush looks more uniform than the Corona mill I got to use at my LHBS. I saw someone on HBT say before "Never buy the same piece of equipment twice" If you think you're going to stay with brewing and think All-Grain is the way you're going to do it, then I say go for getting the Barley Crusher or Monster. Untill then, a lot of online retailers will crush for no charge. You'll save money on each AG batch. By the time you do 10 batches, you'll have enough saved for a Barley Crusher.

my $0.02

Fermenting: A few beers

Conditioning: A few other beers
Bottled: A few more beers
Kegged: Many beers
Next Brews: More beers than you could imagine

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grain Mills jasonsbeer Equipment/Sanitation 14 09-13-2009 08:04 PM
grain mills ThirstyHobbit Equipment/Sanitation 7 12-12-2008 03:07 AM
Grain Mills [email protected] Equipment/Sanitation 8 05-18-2007 01:17 PM
grain mills beerman6 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 13 02-13-2007 12:57 AM
Grain Mills Tony Equipment/Sanitation 11 06-03-2005 06:14 PM

Forum Jump