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Old 03-12-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a fully adjustable gap, gear-driven malt mill? The Scmidlings offer either gear driven OR adjustable. But their set gap is .045, which is a bit wide. I run my Barley Crusher at .035 which gives me the crush I want.


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Old 03-12-2010, 08:33 PM   #2
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Does anyone know of a fully adjustable gap, gear-driven malt mill? The Scmidlings offer either gear driven OR adjustable. But their set gap is .045, which is a bit wide. I run my Barley Crusher at .035 which gives me the crush I want.
There is the MM3 Monster Mill.


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I may be mistaken, but I don't think that is gear driven. Definitely fully adjustable, but not gear driven.
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I could be wrong, but I thought that Monster doesn't offer a (homebrewing) gear driven mill. The schmidling maltmill offers a gear drive, but only one end is adjustable, the other end is pre-set to be a bit wider than we'd like. The crankandstein 3D is another 3 roller adjustable mill, but even though it's machined with gearing notches, they don't actually touch, it still relies on the grain to keep things moving along.

So far it seems like no one makes a mill that is adjustable at both ends AND gear driven.
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you would need some way to adjust the gear lash, that would involve like 4 gears to make an adjustable setup and have the rollers turn the right way, it would also involve setting the lash on all the gears, certainly do-able but more things to go wrong and keep adjusted properly, I could be wrong of course!
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you would need some way to adjust the gear lash, that would involve like 4 gears to make an adjustable setup and have the rollers turn the right way, it would also involve setting the lash on all the gears, certainly do-able but more things to go wrong and keep adjusted properly, I could be wrong of course!

I don't know, I can't really see it being that huge of a deal. If they just make fairly large teeth, you'd think it wouldn't have any problem dealing with a tenth of an inch or so of play.

That being said, we'd probably settle for a 3 roller mill where the top 2 rollers are gear driven and fixed, and the bottom roller is non-driven but adjustable. Problem is that no one makes one.
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Sounds like a business opportunity!
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and this
http://www.grainflaker.com/
$79.00 free shipping

Three Rollers all Steel

60 day satisfaction guaranteed is the extent of the warranty
The online sales geeks says the rollers have grooves cut in them
I guess he means knurling.

They talk about adjustments as Thin rolled or flaked oats and thick.
No measurements they "guess" it between half and a whole MM

The online guy is trying to measure his as he speaks. Yah it's between a millimeter and half a millimeter so 0.03125" is the thickest and 0156 is the thinnest"
The monster Mill reccomendations are between 0.037" and 0.055"

I just bought one

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I just bought one
Well, you'll have to let us know how that works out for you. The site seems to have a lot of feel-good organic/whole food testimonial type stuff, and very little actual technical info or details. Also, it's hard to judge the scale, but unless you were a steeping grain extract brewer (and didn't want to upgrade) then this would take forever to crush a batch.

It is late in the day on friday, so I hope you didn't actually buy one and my sarcasm detector is just broken right now.

Edit: I was assuming you bought one of the hippie mills. Did you actually get a monster mill?

Our grain mill is currently set at .035. I'm not sure why monster recommends all the way up to .055. I had a small piece of gravel in my grain bag that messed up the rollers. I put another batch of grain through it before I thought to check the spacing. The spacing was right around .050 and I got terrible efficiency - something like 40%.

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http://www.crankandstein.net/index.p...products_id=14


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