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Old 02-28-2013, 02:57 AM   #1421
Aug 2012
Moorestown, NJ
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In the first picture i cut part of a water jug to attach over the grinding plates to prevent grain from flying all over the place. The second picture is where i used painters tape to seal up the gap inside the hopper.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:03 PM   #1422
Apr 2011
Atascadero, Ca
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I hand cranked mine for a few 5 gallon brews and when I moved to 10 gallon batches I knew I was not gonna hand crank close to 30 lbs of grain so I motorized mine. A few months ago I brewed 2 15 gallon batches back to back and had almost 80 lbs of grain and was glad I didn't have to hand crank that!

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Old 03-04-2013, 03:33 AM   #1423
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Omaha, Nebraska
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I was hoping to make it uglier. I do have food safe buckets that I use to store the grain.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #1424
Feb 2012
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Shout out to all the hand operators out there, thought I'd had 2 batteries charged to run through 12#, murphys law got me, and only had one and was forced to spin out 5# or 6# by was rough there for a about 10 min.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:41 PM   #1425
Oct 2012
Albany, NY
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Haha. I do 10 gallon batches by hand. It's really not that bad. Good music and good beer make the time fly by.

Take a few breaths and a gulp of beer each hopper load! That's actually the reason I didn't DIY a larger hopper...
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:11 AM   #1426
Jan 2013
Beloit, Wisconsin
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I'll have a pic up at next brew day, but we've got a heavily modified 2 liter duct taped to the mill so the grain slides (with the help of some shaking) into a bucket. Hand grinding 25lb of grain is not too much fun, but it's not so bad when you've got 3 people brewing together.

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Old 03-07-2013, 04:41 PM   #1427
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I posted previously and increased my crush per recommendations - here's where I ended up:

My efficiency is up roughly 10% from the crush at Northern Brewer MPLS. I do full volume BIAB. I just brewed a special bitter that i've brewed several times (with LHBS crush) and this latest brew has a bit of a grainy, almost tannic/astringent flavor to it that seems to be fading. It's only about 4 weeks old and typically starts tasting good after a few weeks of cold conditioning, but has anyone else noticed a grainy taste from increasing their crush like we seem to do with these corona mills? I don't think it's PH related as I've never had an issue with this grist in the past, but probably shouldn't rule that out. I think it will condition out, but thought I'd check with you all anyway.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:01 AM   #1428
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I hand crack my big beers with my left hand to even out my forearms....wait...never mind.

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #1429
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I think thats called the stranger

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:46 AM   #1430
May 2012
Headland, Alabama
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I thought the stranger was when you sat on your hand til it went numb then hand ground your grain bill.

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