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Old 01-01-2011, 06:45 AM   #1
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I buy my grain pre-milled (AHS mills for free). Why should I buy a grain mill?

 
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:35 AM   #2
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so you can buy your grain in bulk and save a **** load of money by shopping at GIEKO for your auto insurance.

if you can afford a mill go for it, if not have your LHBS mill it for you.

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Old 01-01-2011, 07:49 AM   #3
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You can get your grains even cheaper in bulk. Bulk grains are unmilled.

 
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:13 AM   #4
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What kind of efficiency do you get? Many people experience VASTLY improved efficiency milling their own over LHBS crush (they usually dial things back, some more than others, to either avoid stuck sparges or rip off their customers...depends on POV and LHBS).

 
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:28 AM   #5
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why doesn't a lhbs use the settings home brewers do on their mill?

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:38 AM   #6
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why doesn't a lhbs use the settings home brewers do on their mill?

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Just a wild guess but a tad lower eff. due to a coarser grind means more grains = more $$$.....not that there is anything wrong with that.

 
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:42 AM   #7
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Just a wild guess but a tad lower eff. due to a coarser grind means more grains = more $$$.....not that there is anything wrong with that.
That's one reason many suspect. The other is that they have to grind to the lowest common denominator...e.g., the guy with the too fine mesh on his system that always gets a stuck sparge and complains.

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:51 AM   #8
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That's one reason many suspect. The other is that they have to grind to the lowest common denominator...e.g., the guy with the too fine mesh on his system that always gets a stuck sparge and complains.
Very true, nothing worse than alot of unhappy customers with stuck sparges.

 
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:48 AM   #9
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I just got one for xmas.

I really wanted one because (besides sometimes questioning the quality of the crush) I don't like having to run to the LHBS to get my grain for a recipe within a couple/few days of brewing. (Best to brew with fairly freshly milled grain). Especially when the LHBS ends up not having a particular type of grain I'm planning on using, then having to figure out a substitute on the spot... now I plan on having a bunch of base malt on hand, and smaller amts of a bunch of the specialty grains I usually use. And some specialty grains like Special Roast that neither of the LHBS near me even carry.

 
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:53 PM   #10
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It is nice to keep a supply of grains on hand and brew when you want with a fresh crush. With a little kid I don't know always when I will get to brew, so having the mill is a really nice feature. That and the base grains are 1/2 the price when bought in bulk...

 
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