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Old 03-20-2013, 03:29 PM   #11
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I would use a rolling pin.....Or smash it with a hammer before I would chop it up in a grinder.
+1 this was done before when I left my grinder at home when brewing at a friends house. I had a few to many and couldn't drive to get it. Rolling pin rescue. it worked faster than I thought it would. efficiency was great. beer turned out perfect.


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Old 03-20-2013, 03:34 PM   #12
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How about an "ugly junk Corona mill"? You can get one of those for less than $30 delivered and with a bit of work you'll be doing all your grain with it.
+1 for my Ugly Junk Mill. $20 on amazon free delivery, you will have it in 3-4 days if you find a local seller/shipper.

Be sure to get one with a cover on the crush wheels, i didn't and grains go everywhere.

Check out the Ugly Junk posts, you will be suprised how many of use use them.


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Old 03-20-2013, 03:35 PM   #13
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I'm not too wild on using rolling pins,etc on 5lbs or more of grain. My way does get it fine,but the husks are still in fair size pieces. From what I've seen so far,the corona does about the same as my mini food processor. Maybe at tax time I can get a crusher?...
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no argue there. however, they did the rolling, while I watched and drank. barley crusher they now have. no more rolling pins.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:22 AM   #15
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Experience: A chopping type coffee mill is totally unsatisfactory, even for BIAB, Sometimes you must actually test stuff to prove the reality matches the theory.

I tried both a chopping-type coffee mill and a Oster blender to reduce grains. Both created an uneven "crush" that included flour, whole grains, and everything in between. It took much longer than a grain mill to reduce the few handfuls I tried.

Now I take grain to the LHBS who gladly crushes it for free (because you always buy other stuff)

I decided not waste it and tossed the few ounces in the BIAB batch. Some of the fine flour got through the bag.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:15 PM   #16
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that... and, a good crush is critical for great efficiency. Grain mill cannot be overlooked for many reasons. it is WELL worth the investment. Barley crushers are lifetime warranty... I think. that alone is worth the consideration to buy. A tool with a lifetime warranty Ex: Craftsman.. snap-on If its gonna be used often.. that's one hell of an added bonus.
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Yeah,the crush with the mini food processor is too fine. But the one called "the barley crusher" is $129. Being retired means waiting till tax return time. Efficiency is great,but the floury stuff gets through the bag. And I def need the super moss I finally bought to settle out the resulting proteins as well. Too cloudy too long for me.
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Oh,yes- I resorted to using a coffee grinder because the rolling pin was too slow. I'd bought whole grains because I was going to be delaying a brew for a few weeks and was bringing the grains overseas back to Japan. Good grief. 45 minutes later I ended up with 14 pounds of decent rubble, but my efficiency ended up being only about 67%. I'm now waiting for my mill to arrive before the next AG... ;-)
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Oh,yes- I resorted to using a coffee grinder because the rolling pin was too slow. I'd bought whole grains because I was going to be delaying a brew for a few weeks and was bringing the grains overseas back to Japan. Good grief. 45 minutes later I ended up with 14 pounds of decent rubble, but my efficiency ended up being only about 67%. I'm now waiting for my mill to arrive before the next AG... ;-)
Where abouts in Japan?
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I'm up in Tokyo - you?


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