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Old 11-29-2012, 10:16 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the great replies, especially on the warranty for the Barley Crusher. I'm going to look into all of this a little more, but I'm starting to lean that way.


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Old 11-30-2012, 12:25 AM   #22
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I can attest to the fact that Barley Crusher will indeed honor their lifetime warranty. I got a used BC from a friend. Told them about the knurl wear and they shipped me brand new rollers (only had to pay the shipping). The initial response took about a week, it seems they are a smaller outfit and pretty busy. But they were very courteous and totally honored the warranty. Shipped the rollers out about two days after the initial response. Works like a champ now.
This is good to know! There is a pretty large thread on here with people reporting basically the exact opposite expereince


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Old 11-30-2012, 01:34 AM   #23
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From what I understand, they are a small outfit. If you have issues, send them an email. Let them know in that email that you are a home brewer. That's the only way they warranty. If you own a LHBS, they don't honor the lifetime warranty. It's only for home brewers, not for commercial use. You might have to pay for shipping, but that's it. For commercial use, you can get new rollers for $50.

The biggest problem with this mill and all others, is you periodically have to disassemble and do a thorough cleaning to prevent excess friction. It's also a good idea to check the gap on both sides every now and then and oil it. Periodic maintenance always prevents headaches and problems. You can spend big bucks on anything. But if you don't maintain it, it WILL FAIL eventually!
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:45 AM   #24
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For the money I would still go with my Malt Mill, can't beat the 10'' rollers run over 2000lbs through mine (I bought it used) have mine run off a 90volt DC gearmotor with a Dart speed controller at 78 in-lbs of torque.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:53 AM   #25
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This is good to know! There is a pretty large thread on here with people reporting basically the exact opposite expereince
Yeah, a lot of the threads I have seen involve people emailing them, waiting three days, and then freaking out about "screw these guys and their warranty" only to have BC respond an honor the warranty shortly after.
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Another vote for the Monster Mill, I have the MM2-2.0 with the 1/2" shaft, the 2" DIA rollers eat grain like a freak, the crush is flawless, the mill is so beefy that I will be handing it down to my 12 year old some day, a very long time from now hopefully

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Hey guys,
I've taken your advice and emailed the folks at Barley Crusher. I sent them the email below and I'll let you all know how they respond.
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About a year and a half ago I purchased a barley crusher through Northern Brewer. I've been pretty happy with the unit until recently, as it is beginning to have problems. In spite of my best efforts - cleaning, lubricating & adjusting the rollers as per the directions, the mill fails to feed itself. That is, it simply runs without milling the grain. I've discovered that it will only feed if I add the grain a cup or so at a time. Upon close examination I can see that the knurls on the driven roller are worn smooth on the leading side. As an experiment, I reversed the driven roller and it fed grain perfectly. I have milled around seven or eight hundred pounds of grain with the crusher, but I'm surprised that it should be worn out so soon. Perhaps the rollers weren't hardened properly. Could you please send me a new set of rollers to repair this mill.
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Hey guys,
I've taken your advice and emailed the folks at Barley Crusher. I sent them the email below and I'll let you all know how they respond.
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Hi folks,
About a year and a half ago I purchased a barley crusher through Northern Brewer. I've been pretty happy with the unit until recently, as it is beginning to have problems. In spite of my best efforts - cleaning, lubricating & adjusting the rollers as per the directions, the mill fails to feed itself. That is, it simply runs without milling the grain. I've discovered that it will only feed if I add the grain a cup or so at a time. Upon close examination I can see that the knurls on the driven roller are worn smooth on the leading side. As an experiment, I reversed the driven roller and it fed grain perfectly. I have milled around seven or eight hundred pounds of grain with the crusher, but I'm surprised that it should be worn out so soon. Perhaps the rollers weren't hardened properly. Could you please send me a new set of rollers to repair this mill.
I hope they help you out, but if they won't and you do need to get a new mill, Monster Mill also offers a option for hardened rollers.

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I will say this, my grain mill purchase is probably my favorite. I dig walking in to the home brew shop and walking out with a $37.00 50 lbs sack of 2 row. It will save you way more than its cost.
Im getting a mill for xmas and I am pretty excited to walk out with 50# sack of marris otter and 50# sack of belg pils.
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Im getting a mill for xmas and I am pretty excited to walk out with 50# sack of marris otter and 50# sack of belg pils.
Hell yes...one on each shoulder!


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