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Old 05-22-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Is a cheap grain mill worth it?

I have my eyes on a cheap grain mill.

As opposed to the $70-$200 mills that you can buy from homebrew markets.

Anyway, is the cheap grain mill worth $20-$30, and is it the worth the hassle? Does anyone here love their cheap grain mill?


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Old 05-22-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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Love my Corona. Cheap. Effective. Efficient. Consistent. Enough. And that's all I need. It's not about the gear, it's about the beer.


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Old 05-22-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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I've heard nothing but good reviews about coronas.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:02 PM   #4
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+1 to a Corona mill, I love mine, I get 80+ efficiency and get to buy my grains in bulk.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:15 PM   #5
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+1 I love my corona mill, she gets the job done, and i dont mind turning the crank lol
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A simple observation.

I went into my favorite LHBS where they sell $200 mills and filled my grain order as usual. When he went into the back room to mill my barley he forgot to close the door. I was blown away by a cordless drill attached to a bargain basement grinder.

Revvy's would be an upgrade!
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-u...station-90849/

Over 1030 posts and still going strong. I LOVE my Victoria. Buy one, do the bucket mount as discussed in the ugly junk thread, read about malt conditioning.

You won't be sorry and you probably won't go back!
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:23 PM   #8
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Looking into a mill. Glad the Corona has such good reviews. Corona it will be. As soon as it is in stock.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
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Well not to poop all over the party, but I actually bought one of the cheapest corona-style mills out there through an Amazon partner and had lots of trouble with it. It was $25ish with shipping (Prime membership), and made from the cheapest materials. Had to replace all of the hardware on it and then the only bolt I could find to fit it wasn't metric (the mill is), so I had to cross-thread it with an imperial bolt... which subsequently has been stripped from using drills to drive it. And since we cross-threaded it, it's not going to back out. I can still make it work if I screw with it a bit, but it wasn't worth the trouble anymore.

So last week my two brew buddies and I broke down and spent the $150 on the Barley Crusher sold through Brewsmith's site for a small discount. Lifetime warranty and no-fuss exact crush settings are what sold me.

Don't get me wrong, you can do just fine with a corona-style mill, but just don't buy the cheapest one you can find, or you'll find yourself in my situation.

Also, +1 to the malt conditioning. That made a huge difference in reducing the amount of shredded husks.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:42 PM   #10
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Pistols,

Thanks for your point of view. It's good to consider all aspects.

Amazon sells one mill called Corona but it's actually a generic "Corn" mill they misspelled. And other various POS's (based on reviews) for around $30... The Victorya/Corona mill is harder to find and not that cheap I guess, around $60 retail or more.

This helped me realize I'm way too casual and too new to buy a mill, even a little one. My supplier cracks grains for me. And I don't want to buy bulk grains, so for now I have everything I need. Plus I just joined the star san cult so now I have to buy that.


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