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Old 12-19-2007, 07:27 PM   #11
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I may have to write an e-mail to Jack Schidling and ask his opinion on this. I'm kinda bummed since I thought I did some research and didn't just buy the first mill I found.
I'd be interested in seeing the full text of any reply you get. JS was active in rec.crafts.brewing back when I started brewing, and let's just say he had his own inimitible style which drove me to buy a different mill.


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Old 01-15-2008, 07:19 PM   #12
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Old thread, but having now recieved and used my BC, I'm now in a better position to comment on BC vs. MaltMill.

My conclusion is BC all the way! It feels like a better-built product, and gave an absolutely beautiful crush at the factory setting, with my old corded drill attached to the driven roller. My efficiency was only 72%, but that's the best I routinely see anyway, as I'm still optimizing other components. Given the choice, I'd buy the BC again in a heartbeat, and the customer service during the ordering was outstanding.


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Old 09-14-2011, 02:37 AM   #13
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I'd buy the BC again in a heartbeat, and the customer service during the ordering was outstanding.
Service through the purchase experience may be outstanding but I'm having a hell of a time getting an answer to my question about my BC via 3 emails sent over the last month. I've read that I'm not the only one either.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:50 AM   #14
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i have a jsp, and love it. as far as it gripping the grain: i had the same problem. i tightened all the screws back up, and it was awesome again. tighten up everything before you contact them. i think you may save yourself some unnecessary heartache
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:27 AM   #15
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i think you may save yourself some unnecessary heartache
It's not an issue of user error. The input shaft is slightly bent. It wobbles and creates unnecessary vibration.
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I recently am in the position to purchase a new grain mill. I had been using the BC in my shop (I own a LHBS). I know just how much grain we put through our mill and it's tons (literally) and I'm in a small town! Needless to say, I only got about 1.5 years out of my BC before it went kaput. I emailed the BC people and got lousy answers and it took way too long for a reply. I'm done with them. Not to mention that my efficiency went way down hill over time. I started with getting 80+% on our shop system and towards the end I was lucky to get 70%. That said, I'm looking at other avenues.

I was thinking of going with a JSP Maltmill but after reading this, I'm thinking of just spending the extra coin and getting a MM3. I spoke with a commercial brewer who uses one of the MM3's who really really likes it. I think I can motorize one and get better results than any other mill out there. Granted I'll be spending an extra $200 on it! But at least this way I know I'll get a reliable crush for several years versus replacing it every year with inconsistent results. Also just for the record, a commercial mill sells for anywhere from $2500+ plus shipping!!

Anyhow for the average homebrewer, a BC is an excellent investment. For the brewer who brews 10 gallon batches every two weeks, it's probably not going to last very long.


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