Which grain mill to get?

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beers 8938 º places 283 º 20:44 Mon 10/29/2012

Originally posted by FlacoAlto
A roller mill will do the trick

I have been itching to buy one of the three roller Monster mills, but I just can’t justify it, my almost 15 year old Valley Mill is still ticking along just fine.

I haven’t heard of anyone yet complain about the adjustable roller mills that they have gotten. for more than 5 gallon batches a drill or dedicated motor is certainly a must (I do 20 gallon batches generally and can’t imagine still hand-cranking).

So make sure it is adjustable, easily adapted for a drill or motor, and get as large a diameter rollers as you can afford. After that it is just opinion.

The only reason I want a three roller mill is that I am anal enough on grind that I double grind all my malt with my current mill. once to crack the husk, and the second, at a finer setting to pulverize the endosperm into powder, while leaving the husk in tact.

We’ll get off your lawn!

Just kidding, of course. Thanks for the tips!

You grind all of your malt into powder? Or did you just mean wheat?

beers 4216 º places 17 º 21:05 Mon 10/29/2012

Originally posted by drowland
You grind all of your malt into powder? Or did you just mean wheat?

The ideal grinding of malt consists of grain husks cracked in half, and the starchy endosperm completely ground to flour / powder. You can’t quite get there in reality, but multiple rollers (the first at a looser setting, the second at a tight, flour creating setting) are your best bet to get there (check out the roller mills in a professional brewery).

Additionally, adding a spritz of water to the grain the night before will allow you to grind at a tighter setting without pulverizing the grain husks.

For grains without husks (e.g. wheat) that are not malted, you do indeed want to ground to a flour, which is why I use a flour mill when using these types of grains (a roller mill just doesn’t cut it for unmalted grains, at least if you want to optimize extraction efficiency).

beers 1595 º places 352 º 21:35 Mon 10/29/2012

I’m still using a Corona. Like the exercise. Dislike the inefficiency. Roller mill is on the Xmas list.

beers 8938 º places 283 º 21:36 Mon 10/29/2012

Awesome sauce. I’m stoked to get a mill in the next couple months and control everything.

I have to move my ferm fridge inside though, apparently, because it’s getting too cold here. Silly Florida.

beers 2165 º places 63 º 21:39 Mon 10/29/2012

Barleycrusher works well for me. Relatively inexpensive.
Monster looks more impressive, but I haven’t tried it.

beers 3438 º places 209 º 10:22 Tue 10/30/2012

Throw out there that I love the barleycrusher, no complaints. I recommend getting a feeler gauge to aid in small adjustments (you can get one for like $.1 Bangs’ at an auto parts store). Also, you can hook up your drill straight away to the shaft as well.

beers 2893 º places 53 º 10:48 Tue 10/30/2012

I have used a Malt Mill by JSP for several years without any complaints. The local homebrew store has been using a three roller Monster Mill for the last year and the grind from it is very nice. If I was to purchase a new mill I would go with the Monster Mill.

beers 2139 º places 14 º 11:20 Tue 10/30/2012

I have one from the Barley Crusher and its awesome

places 1 º 11:24 Tue 10/30/2012

Originally posted by b3shine
You could go with The Barley Crusher or a similar variant and then replace the crank with a piece of metal that a socket head fits around so that you can burn through the milling with a drill gun instead of having to crank it by hand (which is awful).

Or just take the crank off and connect the drill directly to the post.

places 1 º 11:26 Tue 10/30/2012

Been using a barleycrusher now for about 5-6 years and have no complaints. I have only had to readjust the gap once in that time.

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