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Offline newrocset

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Malt Mill questions
« on: March 04, 2012, 06:49:29 PM »
Schmidling or Barley Crusher.....any opinions?  I've read that Monster Mills are nice, but they seem a little pricey.
I need to buy one since I just bought 3 bags of base malt lol!
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 07:52:31 PM »
Can't say anything bad about the Schmidling but I've had a BC for several years and really like it.  Adjustable and easy to power with a drill.  Does a nice job.

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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 07:55:02 PM »
BC with a good corded power drill is the way to go.  Hand cranking is not fun, but it is good to have the option if drill fails or power is out.

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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 08:45:49 PM »
MM are not that expensive. Check their web site for pricing.
BC develops stuck roller after some time.
My own experience.
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 11:55:04 PM »
If those were my only two choices I would go with the Schmidling.  No, we're not related.

I have a MM.
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 04:12:07 AM »
Schmidling fixed gap, 10 yrs., no issues.
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012, 05:55:03 AM »
Schmidling fixed gap, 10 yrs., no issues.
My Schmidling malt mill is 12 years old and is still crushing a lot of grain.  Those 3 roller Monster Mills make me drool.
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 09:20:24 AM »
I have a 5yo BC. Great price and grinding ability but you will need to maintain it. Regular cleaning and adjustments or performance will suffer or even halt.

The upside is maintaining a BC isn't all that difficult and should give you years of service grinding grain.
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2012, 04:10:20 PM »
The base price for the MM basic mill is $117. If you're handy you can build your own base and hopper, though I paid the $40 for the prebuilt option. I'm very happy with mine. I went with the MM after reading a ton of reviews. 
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 09:14:54 PM »
Schmidling fixed gap, 10 yrs., no issues.
My Schmidling malt mill is 12 years old and is still crushing a lot of grain.  Those 3 roller Monster Mills make me drool.
You need more power for those.
I use 1/2 hp motor for MM3.
It works pretty well.
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2012, 09:52:12 PM »
Thanks for the responses...looks like I'm going to have some time to think about it, as I gotta sink some money into my truck for a new timing belt, so it's a little setback on buying that mill...those MM's seem pretty nice though!
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Re: Malt Mill questions
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2012, 10:37:41 AM »
A few years ago I retired an adjustable home-built mill for a non-adjustable Schmidlin.  With a 1/4 hp motor and sheaved at 500 rpm I could mill 50 lbs in 90 seconds.  I have since scaled it back to 300 rpm and still love it.
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