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Old 09-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #21
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How's the barley crusher mill?
Not as good as the monster mill. I talked to a LHBS owner a few months back and he had a barley crusher. When he wore it out, they refused to honor their warranty on the grounds that he was using it for commercial purposes. He replaced it with a monster mill and it's lasted twice as long already.


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Old 09-20-2013, 10:59 PM   #22
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How's the barley crusher mill?
Personally, I'm very happy with mine. It's easy to adjust, it gives me a much better crush than I was getting from my two LHBSs and it comes with a lifetime warranty (at least for personal use, apparently). I could have spent more, but I doubt I would taste the difference in my beers.


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Old 09-21-2013, 02:43 AM   #23
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I could have spent more, but I doubt I would taste the difference in my beers.

Pretty much sums up how I feel about Corona mill.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:58 AM   #24
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I read a lot of these threads when I was looking for a mill. In the end, I went with the barley crusher with the small hopper and have never looked back.

For what I do, brewing every three weeks, it feels like it's going to take a long, long time to wear this out.

My LHBS has good pricing on 50# sacks, so I've already made that money back. And if the urge to brew strikes at the last minute, I can just go downstairs and mill some grains.
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Pretty much sums up how I feel about Corona mill.
If it's good enough for Charlie Papazian, it's good enough for me. I get 86% efficiency doing BIAB.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:40 PM   #26
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I gor a good deal on a Barley Crusher and I love it so far.

Although a plywood base will replace the particle board when I get around to it.
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I've bought grain crushed from online places and crushed my own with a friends mill. I noticed I get much better efficiency when I crush myself.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:27 PM   #28
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I also use a Corona style mill. It was a Christmas present so I have $0 invested. My efficiency varies but I don't think it is due to the crush. And the beer is GREAT!
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:04 PM   #29
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If you're building an all-grain system then a good mill is possibly the best invesment you can make in the entire project.
Yes and no. A mill without a mash tun won't do you much good. What a mill has allowed me to do is to buy in bulk and then grind when I need it. I can pretty much brew whatever I want whenever I want. To keep my stock fresh, I've started making kits for friends at a slight markup but still less than the LHBS.

If you are going from extract to AG, first get a large kettle so you can stop over at BIAB land. Then add a mash tun then HLT. This also assumes you already have a chiller. I'd even say get a keg setup before a mill. Just my thoughts.

Regarding my mill, I don't think I'd do anything different on it. I have the SS rollers but not the larger ones. I read that those are only needed if you are a LHBS or semi pro and grinding all the time. I do like the extended hopper option. I could have built one but don't really have the spare time.
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I love my Barley Crusher. I just did my third batch with it today.


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