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Posted: 8/15/2012 9:45:02 AM EDT
I need to pick up a grain mill. I need something to double crush my BIAB grain and that won't break the bank. What do you guys suggest?
Link Posted: 8/15/2012 11:29:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ebbtide:
I need to pick up a grain mill. I need something to double crush my BIAB grain and that won't break the bank. What do you guys suggest?


Probably looking at a corona mill with that stipulation . I heard the barley crusher works well too.

I am currently using my Monster Mill 2.0 for the first time this weekend so I can't really comment yet.

Link Posted: 8/15/2012 11:30:59 AM EDT
I like my Barley Crusher, it works fine, and I haven't had any efficiency issues with it.
Link Posted: 8/15/2012 11:50:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ebbtide:
I need to pick up a grain mill. I need something to double crush my BIAB grain and that won't break the bank. What do you guys suggest?


Well you need to specify "break the bank." I think they make decent ones for a little over $100.
Link Posted: 8/15/2012 12:01:58 PM EDT
I have a barley crusher and it gets the job done. Otherwise if you're handy and have the materials these are cheap and decent I've read.

Crankandstein
Link Posted: 8/15/2012 12:28:07 PM EDT
Well for something I only plan on using about 6 times a year, I'd say $50-$75. That corona peaks my interest.
Link Posted: 8/15/2012 12:43:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ebbtide:
Well for something I only plan on using about 6 times a year, I'd say $50-$75. That corona peaks my interest.


Just buy it pre-crushed from brewmasters warehouse then (you can create your own recipes there)

Ask for a double crush if you really think you need it.

from what I have listened/read, the corona is not a good mill for beer, if you are going to pay $75, just pay $110 (or buy precrushed)
Link Posted: 8/15/2012 3:27:34 PM EDT
you can get a bolt with the same threads as a corona mill and hook it up to your drill also. it might shred the husks a little more but i think it will work alright for you. art––art's brewing supplies since 87
Link Posted: 8/15/2012 9:08:12 PM EDT
Thanks fellas, looks like that Corona will work for my needs.
Link Posted: 8/16/2012 11:44:20 AM EDT
I really like my CrankandStien 3D but seems prices have shot up in a few years. If you don't need a three roller, save the coin and get the 2D.

Crankandstien

Link Posted: 8/17/2012 6:40:22 AM EDT
Dude, check out the Cereal Killer for $89 delivered.
Link Posted: 8/17/2012 8:56:39 AM EDT
Thanks CS, read your review. Ya may have sold me.
Link Posted: 8/17/2012 5:53:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2012 5:53:50 PM EDT by TheTic00]
Link Posted: 8/17/2012 11:48:19 PM EDT
rebel mill works great
Link Posted: 8/18/2012 5:44:26 AM EDT
Thanks for the help guys. CS talked me into the cereal killer so I will be ordering that one next week.
Link Posted: 8/21/2012 2:19:39 AM EDT
I use a steinecker variomill. It's rated for 30 tons a hour so im not sitting around waiting for long. Wet mills are nice.

Link Posted: 10/28/2012 12:28:56 PM EDT
Dude, look on ebay for a grain mill. I picked up a cheap one to crack grain for brewing and have about $30 in it and its freaking fantastic. It won't grind flour but it grinds beer grain like a champ.
Link Posted: 10/28/2012 3:57:03 PM EDT
I bought the cereal killer a while back man. The thing is a rock solid mill for the coin.
Link Posted: 10/30/2012 6:50:30 PM EDT
Started with the corona style and graduated to the barley crusher. Barley crusher is very quick and effective but the corona style can be had $20 - $30 off ebay.
Link Posted: 10/31/2012 5:13:24 PM EDT
I like my Crankandstein 3D I picked up a couple of years ago. The owner and original designer, (Don Obenauer,) is local to me so being able to buy it and have him tweak it as well as give me some tips was worth it. I'm getting 85% efficiency with a .25" setting and I've yet to have a "stuck sparge."

Crankandstein
Link Posted: 10/31/2012 6:37:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ATLDiver:
I like my Crankandstein 3D I picked up a couple of years ago. The owner and original designer, (Don Obenauer,) is local to me so being able to buy it and have him tweak it as well as give me some tips was worth it. I'm getting 85% efficiency with a .25" setting and I've yet to have a "stuck sparge."

Crankandstein

wow, 85% is pretty good
Link Posted: 10/31/2012 7:08:50 PM EDT
bah, just ordered a cereal killer. Price is too good. ($99 now)
Link Posted: 10/31/2012 8:47:15 PM EDT
For $99 you will love it!

Link Posted: 11/1/2012 7:09:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gaspain:

Originally Posted By ATLDiver:
I like my Crankandstein 3D I picked up a couple of years ago. The owner and original designer, (Don Obenauer,) is local to me so being able to buy it and have him tweak it as well as give me some tips was worth it. I'm getting 85% efficiency with a .25" setting and I've yet to have a "stuck sparge."

Crankandstein

wow, 85% is pretty good


Yeah but if you're using flaked oat/wheat you'll get stuck sparges. I usually don't brew anything like that but when I do I back it off to .45" yet still get a 75% or there a bout's efficiency. Again, I went with the Crank because the guy is local and is well known in my LBS plus he's pretty helpful if you have questions after the sale. Even cut a keg up for me to use a s boil kettle and mash turn. If I were limited on cash, there's nothing wrong with the Barley Crusher or other options.
Link Posted: 11/2/2012 11:00:01 PM EDT
I recently bought a cereal killer and really like it. I also use it to crush grains for the chickens
Link Posted: 12/13/2012 5:10:11 PM EDT
Cereal Killer finally arrived today. Looks like a good machine!
Link Posted: 12/13/2012 6:35:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By blaster_54738:
I have a barley crusher and it gets the job done. Otherwise if you're handy and have the materials these are cheap and decent I've read.

Crankandstein


I have a 3D Crank and like it, I need to build a stand for it and attach a motor and flywheel but for now a corded drill works just fine.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 5:30:15 PM EDT
Why would you want it double crushed?
Link Posted: 12/24/2012 6:58:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By scubahound:
Why would you want it double crushed?


Efficiency. Some grains can benefit from a double crush. Depends if your mill is setup to crush at only one setting, some mills have multiple settings

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Link Posted: 12/28/2012 6:29:53 AM EDT
We just picked up a Barley Crusher, but haven't brewed with it yet.
I mounted it to a plastic tub, and a 1/2" high torque electric drill.
It rocked right through the recommended 1/2lb. test crush, no problem.

Brian

Barley Crusher grain mill setup by NSXbrian, on Flickr
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 7:22:56 AM EDT
Big fan of my Rebel Crusher

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