Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Other > Portable Barley Crusher (PBC)
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
flushdrew42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: grand island, nebraska
Posts: 354
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default Portable Barley Crusher (PBC)

Figured I'd give this it's own thread, since it didn't really belong in the "motorized grain mills" thread.

My buddy and I went "dutch" on a barley crusher, and wanted to make it easy to transport between our places, since we would rarely be brewing on the same days etc.

Several designs, and several beverages later, he stumbled upon these rectangular buckets of sunflower seed packages...

purchased 2 of them, and came up with this idea...

and after making multiple parts to allow the bottom bucket to be the catch bucket, and the lid to be attached to the top bucket or "crush bucket" if you will... this was the basic design.

the bottom of the buckets have ridges, so these pieces were made to make the crusher mount square, and provide rigidity to the bucket bottom, after the hole was cut.

they were then glued into place

then bolted to the bucket.


the crusher was then bolted in place

a hole was drilled for the shaft...

and finding that it was too short to get the drill chuck put on... we had a buddy make this

from a solid piece of round stock stainless.
here's how the hopper fits


here's how the shaft collar extension looks. and the hopper mounting screw access holes



it works pretty flawlessly, you can add a bag to the catch bucket for ease of cleaning etc... the bungee strap was selected after measuring it
hope you guys approve of it! also... let me know if any of you want sunflower seeds... i have about 100 bags left...


__________________
Drew
off suit brewing
grand island, nebraska
------------------------------
On Deck: APA
Primary:
Secondary: Cascadian IPA

Kegged: Heart Flush Irish Red Ale, Oatmeal Stout, American Wheat
flushdrew42 is offline
freeokw Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
prandlesc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
prandlesc's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Near Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 422
Liked 51 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Great idea and a really nice build. I didn't see how you'll adjust the mill - it looks like it might be a little tricky, but that's a relatively infrequent task. It's compact and easily transportable - ingenious.


__________________
On Tap: Off-Wit - a witbier with a little color; Heady Topper clone (oh, so close); Pumpkin Saison; Vienna Lager; Irish Stout; Imperial Oktoberfest.
In Fermenters:
In Kegs: Black Water (Russian Imperial Stout)
In The Barrel: [I] Russian Imperial Stout[/B]
Next Brews: Maple Pecan Nut Brown Ale
prandlesc is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
flushdrew42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: grand island, nebraska
Posts: 354
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

adjustments will have to be made with the hopper off, and the mill out... it's a *slight* oversight, but as you said, we hope it's pretty infrequent. we could always pop a couple holes in to get at those adjustment locations.

thanks for the compliment!

it's incredibly light, and the handle is padded!
__________________
Drew
off suit brewing
grand island, nebraska
------------------------------
On Deck: APA
Primary:
Secondary: Cascadian IPA

Kegged: Heart Flush Irish Red Ale, Oatmeal Stout, American Wheat
flushdrew42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 10:38 PM   #4
Huaco
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Huaco's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Just south of Cow Town, Tx
Posts: 1,302
Liked 124 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

Spend $37 on plastic buckets? Did you at least open the gap on the mill and crack all the seeds?
Huaco is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #5
tektonjp
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: ohmihachiman, Japan
Posts: 734
Liked 71 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 61

Default

Interesting build. Took me ages to load the pics. Perhaps next time you could size them down? They're huge.
__________________
"Beer, well respected and rightly consumed, can be a gift of God. It is one of his mysteries, which it was his delight to conceal and the glory of kings to search out."

The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield
tektonjp is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 01:59 AM   #6
mrstevenund
Junior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Posts: 137
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Huaco View Post
Spend $37 on plastic buckets? Did you at least open the gap on the mill and crack all the seeds?
That was my first thought too...
mrstevenund is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 02:35 AM   #7
Tupperwolf
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 271
Liked 35 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

I really hope you guys like sunflower seeds.
Tupperwolf is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 05:11 PM   #8
freeokw
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: lincoln, ne
Posts: 88
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Another fine example of homebrewer's ingenuity!
Well done.
freeokw is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 06:31 PM   #9
flushdrew42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: grand island, nebraska
Posts: 354
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

we've sold a bunch of the seeds at $1 for 4 bags. paid off the buckets.
unused buckets were $14 each from amazon plus shipping.

we wanted the square buckets because the hopper would not fit as cleanly in a round bucket.

we also did crush 4 bags just to test the crusher... it performed perfectly!

thanks for the compliments.
__________________
Drew
off suit brewing
grand island, nebraska
------------------------------
On Deck: APA
Primary:
Secondary: Cascadian IPA

Kegged: Heart Flush Irish Red Ale, Oatmeal Stout, American Wheat
flushdrew42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 08:14 PM   #10
Monster Mash
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Castaic, CA
Posts: 1,323
Liked 88 Times on 69 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

I opened this thread, went to the bathroom, got a beer, came back and it still wasn't done loading....

It looks like it will work great for being portable. It seems to me it could have been done with one bucket though by mounting the mill on the underside of the lid. When stored the mill would be upside down in the bucket, then flip it over to use and have a wood collar to hold it in place.


__________________
My 1BBL Brewery Pics
Monster Mash is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My DIY Barley Crusher ScrapHeap2000 Other 2 09-27-2010 10:26 PM
Barley Crusher Wino24 Equipment/Sanitation 4 09-25-2010 05:12 PM
Bar;ey Crusher! Barley Crusher! Barley Crusher! GRHunter All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 38 06-12-2010 09:28 PM
Barley Crusher mgo737 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 23 05-13-2009 03:46 PM
Barley crusher? mullimat All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 33 11-02-2008 01:59 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS