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Old 02-08-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
Oct 2011
Mountville, Pa
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Back in dec I preordered a cereal killer from adventures in homebrew. Mine came yesterday so I figured I'd post my observations. I had watched the old thread on this thing but nothing since the new batch shipped.

I have not used mine yet so keep that in mind.

First, there is an oring on one of the rollers which is intended to create friction between the rollers and make them roll together. I think it's rather pointless since after a few batches it will wear out and fall off.

I checked my gap with a set of gauges. The preset gap ranged from .031" to .037" but was atleast consistent straight across. Not great, but I can live with the axle being off by 3 thousandths of an inch.

The hopper isn't huge but it's a probably big enough for me. I can refill midway through milling. I'll probably add an extension eventually. I do have to file the edges on the sheet metal; they are a little sharp.

The base is pretty nice. Much better than what comes on most of the better mills. It fits on a bucket really well and the dowels on the bottom help keep it in place.

Friday I'll be brewing my first batch and will update on my results.

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Old 02-08-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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How much did this mill cost? I'm looking at options for different mills.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
Aug 2011
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Pre-order was $89.99 delivered. Ordering was done on 02/01/12.

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Old 02-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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I picked up one of these back in November and so far have had no real issues.

What works best for me is that I don't load up the hopper too much. I find that it works best if using a cordless drill on low speed and keep it going while adding the grain slowly. When I used my one-speed corded drill, the roller spun too fast and wouldn't pull the grain through.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:43 PM   #5
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There's an o ring on Barely crushers as well, and they even say it will eventually fall off, but it won't affect performance.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:54 PM   #6
Oct 2011
Mountville, Pa
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A friend of mine had a crankandstein which I have used many times with my dewalt cordless and it worked great.

For the $90 I spent it looks to be a really good investment. I see no reason it shouldn't hold up well for the batch a month I usually brew.

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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Yes I also preordered one and it came today as well. I also haven't tried it but it looks solid. I think it was well worth the $$ spent. Here are a few pictures! I will post again once I use it!
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #8
Jul 2011
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I've had 4 batches through mine so far. Works great!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #9
Mar 2011
Madison, WI
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ACK!! AIHB currently is sold out! looks like a good deal though.

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Old 02-09-2012, 10:00 PM   #10
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I have a BC, not a big fan but it does do the job with some extra cleaning, etc.

Important to note that the BC is a lifetime warranty.

The Cereal Killer is - 6 Month Warranty on Mill. That can eat up your savings rather quick.

Just a bit of grist for the mill.

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