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Old 12-18-2012, 03:02 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by Brihaus View Post
Any suggestions?
Sell that kitchen aid attachment on ebay while it is still worth something before you break it. Take the proceeds and by another mill, anything from a $25 Corona to a $300 Monster will work better than the KA attachement IMHO.

Firstly the KA mills are designed for making baking flour, secondly they are for ginding a few cups, NOT 10-15 pounds that us brewers need.

If you are dead set on using it, maybe BIAB???

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Old 12-18-2012, 03:05 PM   #52
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Or, if you're set on using the Kitchen Aid device, invest in a nice bed of rice hulls and fly sparge your way to victor?
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:41 PM   #53
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Keep the kitchen aid and start baking bread. Buy a grain mill for beer.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #54
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Originally Posted by Brihaus View Post
Fresh question. Moving to all grain setup. I have a Home Depot 10 gallon cooler to convert. The last partial mash I did, I realized I had a 1lb bag of unmilled grain; completely slipped through the cracks when I had the home brew store mill the other grains. Unfortunately, it was Sunday morning, the home brew store was closed, and the wife already had the kids out of the house to let me brew. With no way to mill, I panicked and bought a Kitchen Aid mill from Williams Sonoma for like $140.00.

The mill is built for making your own flour, so the coarsest setting grinds the grains up pretty fine. The end result was a thick sludge in my wort. After it cooled, I siphoned it through a hop bag into the carboy before pitching yeast.

But back to my question. If I'm going to have grain that is milled a little finer than usual, what set-up is best? I don't care if I end up fly or batch sparging. I more worried that way too much sediment will make it through a false bottom, or the fine sediment will clog a braided hose quickly.

Any suggestions?
I crush very fine, a lot of flour. Using a braid, I have never had a stuck runoff in 430 batches.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:47 PM   #55
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Thanks for the feedback. It's a solid and heavy piece of machinery, so I don't doubt it can handle milling 15 lbs of grain every so often.

Ebay seems to have a lot of new, unused KA grain mills available. I'd be looking at maybe getting half what I paid or less, but maybe that's worth it. I'll think about it.

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