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Old 09-30-2007, 02:11 PM   #1
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Lots of people, it seems, have been investing in grain mills. I'll be biting the bullet and buying one in the next month or two. I'm curious why people picked the one that they did - Barleycrusher, Crankenstein, whatever. I know I'll be happy with whatever mill I buy, but I'm curious why people make the decisions that they did.

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Old 09-30-2007, 02:21 PM   #2
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I bought a Barley Crusher based on reviews, and for the price it was ready to use out of the box. I think with the Crankenstein it would have cost more or I would have had to build a hopper.
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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Yeah, This is one I've been pondering for awhile now also...Gonna start milling my own soon as the new year rolls in. To be honest a mill is on my Christmas list(He-He).
Let us know which and why. Shane
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:38 PM   #4
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When I started doing PM recipes, I bought a Porkert (Corona-style) mill because it was dirt cheap and good enough for PM or steeping. I have been using it ever since, now for my AG batches (after motorizing it), but I keep saying my next big purchase is a Barley Crusher. It is a well-priced, 'turnkey' product, and has received excellent reviews from anyone that uses one. And now that I have seen this, I am completely convinced.

Having said all of this, I might never give up my old mill -- I am now getting consistent efficiency in the high 70's or low 80's and just can't bring myself to replace it. But I gotta say -- those Barley Crushers sure look like one nice piece of kit! I am sure I will switch one day.

 
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:50 PM   #5
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I bought the Barley Crusher based on what other satisfied customers have said. Plus the warranty is fantastic and it is ready to go right out of the box. The price is very fair when compared to other similar crushers. I keep mine in the box it came in. I just crushed 21 pounds with my cordless drill. I knock the dust into my bucket and the BC goes back in the box and back on the shelf till my next brew day (or a neighbor's brew day )

In simple terms, the Barley Crusher simply ROCKS!

 
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:57 PM   #6
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I bought the Porkert also. And again because it was cheap. I get 75% plus on efficiencys and my beer comes out great with no astringency from shredded husks evident to me. I have no intentions on buying another mill just yet.
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:21 PM   #7
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Bought a Barley Crusher for 2 simple reasons.
1. Didn't have to build a hopper for it
B. Price

It works fantastic!

 
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:27 PM   #8
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Cause it was only $10... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=18972

I'd still *like* an adjustable model but there is just no need...

 
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:41 PM   #9
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I was given a porkert mill for Christmas last year. I motorized it and added a large hopper for a total of about $4.00 CAD and I absolutely love it. I get low to mid 80's when batch sparging and no astringency at all.

That said I plan to get either a barley crusher or maybe one of the crankandstein 3-roller models some day. But I'm not at all in a hurry.
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:44 PM   #10
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Barley Crusher Mill:
* Ready to go out of the box.
* Decent price.
* Easy to adjust.

 
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