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Old 03-24-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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I've used it 3 times now without problems. Last time the rubber ring snapped. This time it won't crush grain it just spins. Any suggestions?


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Old 03-24-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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"They" say that it will work without the o ring. I found that "they" were wrong. When mine broke I happened to have some rubber o rings that fit and put two of them on the roller.

I would get some from Home Depot and keep them on hand. There is nothing worse than getting ready to brew and not being able to crush your grains


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I run about 500 lb of grain a week through a barley crusher without the o ring..that thing flew off a year ago. Check your gap. If it is too tight sometimes you have to start the crush real slow to start the feed. I keep mine just shy of 1 o clock on the dial.
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I have had mine for over a year with at least 20+ batches run through. My O-ring broke within the first few batches. I have never had an issue but I have tighten up the crush from what it was set to from the factory.
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I've never touched the gap from factory. It's just spinning and not grabbing grains. Slower is the trick?
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I've used it 3 times now without problems. Last time the rubber ring snapped. This time it won't crush grain it just spins. Any suggestions?
Hello, What a PITA, Im so glad I purchased a Monster Mill, works great, NO o rings to break.

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Do you have a set of feeler guages to test the width? Perhaps it is too tight.

Also how aggressive does the teeth feel on the rollers?
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FWIW I had it only "free spin" twice and I remedied it by running the rollers slow to "bite" at first and by slowly pouring grains in. When they crushed, I then added till the hopper was full. I dunno why it happened but I went right on without so much as a hiccup.
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I fixed it thanks guys. The back roller was seized up. I loosened the set screws and adjusted the gap a bit. All crushed. Cheers
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I've never touched the gap from factory. It's just spinning and not grabbing grains. Slower is the trick?
Your drills not in reverse, is it? I actually did that the other day..... Wondered why it didn't crush lol


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