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Old 07-12-2011, 12:55 PM   #631
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Excellent thread. It will certainly save me $100+ from buying one of them "fancy" grain mills. This will definitely be my next piece I pick up in an effort to have a fully functional single tier brewing setup. Well that and finally being able to take full advantage of the group grain buys.

I saw many people posting about picking one of these up for around $25 or so, however; in my search for the el cheapo grain mill I found the one I plan to order tonight when I get home from work. I found one online for only $19.95 with free shipping!

http://grantfords.com/product_info.php?&i=B000U5NZ4I

 
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:56 PM   #632
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awesome! just dont get frusterated if your numbers turn out low, just tighten up the grind till you get them!
i'm still dialing mine in, but last one was 70% so i think i'll just work around that for now
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:15 PM   #633
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+1 to not getting frustrated or discouraged with low numbers.

My first go with my mill was about 60%. I've cranked it down now and my last two batches were both 84% (according to my measurements and BeerSmith software).

I read here somewhere to crank it down until your scared you'll get a stuck mash, then crank it another 1/4 turn down. Seems to have worked for me. I did get one stuck mash (out of 4 so far), but even that's not the end of the wold.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:31 PM   #634
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I just got my new mill. Is there a summary on which mods need to be done? This thread is huge!

 
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #635
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I just got my new mill. Is there a summary on which mods need to be done? This thread is huge!
Honestly i would just tighten it down and grind some until you see what you like, brew with it, check efficiency. I bought my Victoria and just tightened it as much as it would reasonably go and until the crush looked right.

I get 76-78%+ on a typical 10G batch.

You can do the mods, but try it tightened before you get creative.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:42 PM   #636
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All I did was replace the cotter pin in front with the correct size SS bolt, and then started tightening per the above post. Tighten until you get scared, then give it another twist.

Seriously, these things are so crudely made that there's bound to be so much variation that it would be impossible to give any sort of specific adjustments. My front plate still has some wobble in it, but I get a great crush and hit all my numbers when brewing.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:59 PM   #637
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Excellent thread. It will certainly save me $100+ from buying one of them "fancy" grain mills. This will definitely be my next piece I pick up in an effort to have a fully functional single tier brewing setup. Well that and finally being able to take full advantage of the group grain buys.

I saw many people posting about picking one of these up for around $25 or so, however; in my search for the el cheapo grain mill I found the one I plan to order tonight when I get home from work. I found one online for only $19.95 with free shipping!

http://grantfords.com/product_info.php?&i=B000U5NZ4I


That everyone- including me- got from 'crazy sam' or whoever...
For a couple $ less
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:45 AM   #638
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Nice one. I just scored a free Corona last week and had a decent 78% efficiency for my second all grain brew! Mine didn't come with a hopper so here is how I rigged it.

I have everything but the drill to do it your way though. Going to get on it!
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:33 PM   #639
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I replaced the cotter pin with machine screw, JB welded the grind plate, and added 3 washers to the tensioner frame. I must not have done a good job aligning the grind plate because it is not parallel to the opposing grind plate.

 
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:35 PM   #640
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I replaced the cotter pin with machine screw, JB welded the grind plate, and added 3 washers to the tensioner frame. I must not have done a good job aligning the grind plate because it is not parallel to the opposing grind plate.
I did the screw, no JB or washers. My plates aren't parallel, either, but it just doesn't seem to make any difference. I get a great crush.
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