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Old 03-14-2013, 03:11 PM   #1451
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Well it was supposed to crack corn from what I have been able to find about it. It works and let me tell you I get some righteous efficiencies with it but even with LOTS of rice hulls I am right on the ragged edge of stuck sparges.

I like having it because the power where I live goes out sometimes for a day or three and it is kind of cool to think I could brew my beer with out any power.

 
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:32 PM   #1452
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I love my Corona... with a nice low speed Drill hooked a nut.. this makes it very easy. I also get rediculous efficiency but am too on the cusp of suck sparges every batch.

I only hand cranked, my adjunct grains .5# 1# max using human crankage.... get a drill!

"Just put the finishing touches on my bucket in a bucket and gonna hand crank 16# for a pliny clone"

cant even imagine how long this took?
I just realized i never posted pics of mine.. def. forum inspired.

Only good one i had.. i'll take a nice shot on my next brew day.

There it is in the background.. resting..
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:42 PM   #1453
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Well it was supposed to crack corn from what I have been able to find about it. It works and let me tell you I get some righteous efficiencies with it but even with LOTS of rice hulls I am right on the ragged edge of stuck sparges.

I like having it because the power where I live goes out sometimes for a day or three and it is kind of cool to think I could brew my beer with out any power.
Try conditioning your malt before grinding. It really does wonders for keeping the husks intact. I started doing it my last few batches and although I wasn't getting stuck sparges before, it just looks "right" now.

 
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:54 PM   #1454
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will try this for sure...
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:17 PM   #1455
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I brewed today and used my Victoria for the first time. It went fast, I just needed to readjust for the malted wheat. Overall I got 80% efficiency from a batch sparge! I'm good with that result. As some said, I don't see why I would pay for a roller mill... Thanks to all of you who shared their ideas.

 
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #1456
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Vman,

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I hate to break the love fest going on here but I hate my corona mill. I have a very old corona that has stones instead of the metal plates and I get a TON of flour with it.
I'm getting a Barney Rubble/Flintstones mind picture going here.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:25 PM   #1457
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Just made one of these with some advice and tips from here. Pretty stoked on the outcome. Crushed through the 11 pounds of malt we had lined up for it. Wasnt too hard to get it tweaked either. Great modification.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:50 PM   #1458
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Heres the beauty. $30 mill, home depot bucket, hose clamps, few screws and a scrap of 2x6. The crappy mill had the handle screw drilled at a horrible angle, couldnt use a straight screw to drill as it bucked all over. Used the inside vinyl tube from my toilet hose that i took the stainless braid from for my MLT. After 10 pounds the vinyl is twsting. I think another tube with stainless left on will do the trick. Also drape it in a little tinfoil when milling to keep it all contained.

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Old 03-24-2013, 06:54 PM   #1459
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The stainless braid should give it the strength it needs but heres the idea, worked great to keep the wobble of the uneven screw down.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:46 AM   #1460
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I went to my LHBS to pick up supplies for a Cocoa Kona Stout and grind the grains there on their Drill-powered Barley Crusher mill.

Showed up and the drill was gone and the employee told me someone broke it... Long story short, ended up grinding 15 lbs. of grain by hand.

That made me seriously rethink purchasing one of these bad boys. I am sure the experience would have been better with a pint full of homebrew but such was not the case. Although when I made it home and started brewing 3 pints of my Irish Red Ale went down the hatch before I hit a boil haha.
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