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Old 04-09-2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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I am upgrading my equipment and the first thing to go is my Corona grain mill. I just don't like it. I've been doing some research on models with rollers. The ones I've researched are: The Schmidling Grain Mill. The Valley Grain Mill, The Phil Mill, The JSP Mill and the Crankenstein Mill. All make 2 roller mills with fixed or adjustible rollers.
Crankandstein is the only one with a 3 roller mill. Schmidling has been around the longest.l Crankenstein seems to be such a small company that that they don't take phone calls only emails. Also, with Crankenstein, and I may be wrong, you have to make your own hopper and base. All but JSP are roughly the same price. JSP is cheeper.
Does anyone have any experience with these companies. What about a fixed gap verses verses an adjustible gap model and what about a 3oller verses a 2 roller model.

Your opinions will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Old 04-09-2006, 04:33 PM   #2
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Best to duck and cover after asking that question..

Alex, the number 1 answer is "MINE!"

BTW, I am very happy with MINE!! (Barley Crusher)

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Old 04-09-2006, 05:53 PM   #3
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Hi Mudd,

I just added Barley Crusher to my list. Not bad for $109 plus shipping.
Thanks for the info.


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Old 04-09-2006, 06:08 PM   #4
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I have a Valley Mill. Love it. The hopper will hold about 6lbs. of grain. However, I'm not sure they are making them anymore. I heard the rumor a while back. I happened to need a part for mine (drill adapter), e-mailed them about 3 weeks ago and never received a response. Take that FWIW. Might want to go a different route when you decide.
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Old 04-09-2006, 06:21 PM   #5
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I have the JSP Malt Mill and love it. Mine is the non adjustable though, so I havent tried their adjustable model. But, the quality has to be the same. I get a great crush, and my effeciency is great. My 2 cents anyway.

It comes down to your preference really. I think almost all of the roller type mills are worth the cash, so check out all of them and see which one fits your needs.
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Old 04-09-2006, 07:04 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Dude
I happened to need a part for mine (drill adapter), e-mailed them about 3 weeks ago and never received a response.
If you're talking about the hex shaped piece or rod, just cut the end off an Allen key.

AFAIK, Valley Mill are still in business, just getting less and less friendly to deal woth.

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Old 04-09-2006, 09:53 PM   #7
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Anyone have the JSP Maltmill? LHBS has one for $65. Good deal?
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:13 PM   #8
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Thus far as they round the far turn its Barley Crusher and JSP running neck and neck in the lead. Due to negative comments in this thread Valley is fading fast. Schmidling and JSP are one and the same. Phil Mill never got into the gate so he's scratched. Stay tuned for the final results of the race.

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Old 04-10-2006, 12:02 AM   #9
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I have a Crankanstien like this one and yes I did have to make the hopper and the base but, they are local to me and that made a big difference. So far since I bought it in Feb I have crushed at least 80 lbs of grain and it has worked like a charm. I to was really looking hard at the Barley Crusher.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:24 AM   #10
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Just got my Crankandstein but have yet to use it. They sell optional bases and hoppers for them but they cost $. I made my own out of some ductwork but like I said I haven't tested it yet. They did send along directions for building a hopper out of wood, though.
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