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Old 01-07-2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hi.

Just got the Crankandstein 3D before christmas, and got a nice drilling machine for christmas, that is originally ment to be used for mixing cement and concrete. So its slow and strong.

I'm now trying to design a hopper for the mill and have been looking around for a good design. What i would prefer is somethin that will fit easily on top of a 30 liter bucket. And with this design I'll have to fit the mill and the drilling machine on the topside of a plate, that will rest on the bucket when milling.

One thing I've noticed in the different designs I've found, is that there is a difference in how wide people make the hole in the hopper, right where the malt enters the mill. What would be the optimal size of this hole?



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Old 01-07-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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I'm kind of partial to the Barley Crusher design. Try to replicate that. Sorry, couldn't resist.

FYI - the BC's hopper is wide open all the way across the rollers.

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Old 01-07-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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I wouldn't recommend anything other than a 5 gallon water jug. Quick, easy, and convenient. That's what I use with my 3 roller.
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:01 PM   #4
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I'm kind of partial to the Barley Crusher design. Try to replicate that. Sorry, couldn't resist.
He. It' ok... Thank You for the answer.
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FYI - the BC's hopper is wide open all the way across the rollers.
Yes. But how wide is it the other way? Thats where I've seen a difference. It must give a difference in how much malt is fed to the mill all acrossthe rollers?

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I wouldn't recommend anything other than a 5 gallon water jug. Quick, easy, and convenient. That's what I use with my 3 roller.
This sounds easy made. Do you have a drawing or picture of this design. Especially how its designed where its attached to the mill.

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Ah, gotcha. I'll measure and try to post up a pic of what the inside of the hopper looks like.
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This sounds easy made. Do you have a drawing or picture of this design. Especially how its designed where its attached to the mill.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...ht=swing+table

Doesn't show the hopper, but you can see where I cut the round hole. As far as the width of the slot, keep it narrower than the apex of the top rolls.
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Here's a pic of the inside of the BC hopper. The gap is about 1/2". Hope that helps.

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Here's another table/hopper build thread to look at. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=48479
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I used a 5 gallon water bottle for mine. I mounted a piece of 2 x 4 on top of the mill into which a 2" hole is bored for the mouth of the jug. I also fashioned a gate valve out of the bottom plastic from the jug so that I can load up the hopper, start the motor, then release the grain. It helps keep the rollers from getting crowded.
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