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Old 01-13-2009, 11:55 PM   #101
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The pink duct tape does add a certain je ne sais quoi but I still think think I edge you out. I now have the capability to post photos so I'll show you. At worst I'm in your league.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:49 PM   #102
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Used mine for the first time after adjustment! what a difference! I'm Shocked. Big difference on a small amount of specialty grains for my Hefeweizen.

Gearing up to my 60% grain 40% extract, partial. Might crush grains for that next weekend! Can't wait
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:14 PM   #103
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I have had a Corona since before 2000 (Y2K bug gear), but never used it until the past Sunday. I had some 2-row I had toasted in the oven I wanted to add to a small amber ale. Most of the grain had been ground at the LHBS.

I managed to go from whole grains coming out, to flour. I played with it until I got the grind close to the malt I got from the store.

I should have read this thread first...

My Corona came with a fairly good size hopper that clips on. It will hold probably a pound and half.

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:10 AM   #104
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I still don't understand how, once the width of the crushing plates are adjusted, what stops the plates from coming back together.??

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:12 AM   #105
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I still don't understand how, once the width of the crushing plates are adjusted, what stops the plates from coming back together.??
The pressure of the grain pushed by the feed screw is more than enough to keep the plates separated.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:16 AM   #106
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The pressure of the grain pushed by the feed screw is more than enough to keep the plates separated.


Besides the feed screw that brad is talking about above..some people also tweek it by adding some washers where the plate is attached by the wingnuts on each side.



I don't know if you can see but the washers are shiny in this picture above.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:20 AM   #107
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Thanks for the help guys !!

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:26 AM   #108
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Thanks for the help guys !!
Glad we could help...anything you figure out as you play around, share it with us here...I'm still tweaking and playing around with mine...

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Old 02-03-2009, 06:36 AM   #109
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Man...I've seen tons of those things at flea markets and yard sales over the years!

I've always thought that these things were sausage grinders, or maybe the things that I've been seeing out there WERE sausage grinders that just strongly resemble the Corona Mill!

Anyway...I've been thinking that these grains were just supposed to be barely cracked/pinched to be ideal for brewing.

If grinding to a meal/flour consistency is accepable, why not use an electric coffee grinder/mill, or simular appliance for this job?

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Anyway...I've been thinking that these grains were just supposed to be barely cracked/pinched to be ideal for brewing.

If grinding to a meal/flour consistency is accepable, why not use an electric coffee grinder/mill, or simular appliance for this job?

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You don't want to go quite that far. Have a look at this page on the wiki and you'll see what a good crush should look like (including a corona example, which for disclosure, is mine ).
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