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Jeff M:
So i just made the jump in to AG, and have yet to invest in a roller mill.  I currently have been using a corona mill and it was a nightmare. So i guess the questions are.

2 roller or 3 roller?
Is there a particular brand that most people swear by?
do hoppers come with a good roller or must you buy/make one?

I wont be able to make a table for it for some time, but i would like to attach a drill to it right away to save my shoulder.

Jeff

redbeerman:
2 roller would be sufficient.  And make sure that the roller gap is adjustable.  There are many to choose from.  I have a Barley Crusher with a large hopper and I like it just fine.

Slowbrew:
I agree with the first response you received.  I also have a barley crusher and have been very happy with it.

One of us should point out that most people are very happy with their mill, no matter what mill they have.  As long as it is adjustable and can be motorized (the typical next step after getting a mill) they are happy with it.

Bigger mills can plow through grain faster than smaller ones.  My BC will chew through 12lbs in 4 to 6 minutes.  So if you are going to be doing 50 gal batches you may want a bigger mill.  Mine works great for 5 gal. batches.

Paul

redbeerman:

--- Quote from: Slowbrew on March 04, 2013, 12:56:01 PM ---I agree with the first response you received.  I also have a barley crusher and have been very happy with it.

One of us should point out that most people are very happy with their mill, no matter what mill they have.  As long as it is adjustable and can be motorized (the typical next step after getting a mill) they are happy with it.

Bigger mills can plow through grain faster than smaller ones.  My BC will chew through 12lbs in 4 to 6 minutes.  So if you are going to be doing 50 gal batches you may want a bigger mill.  Mine works great for 5 gal. batches.

Paul

--- End quote ---

+1 to what Paul said.  I use a 3/8" drive drill motor for mine and it takes a few minutes to go through 10 or 12 lbs. of grain.

Jeff M:
Ok, So what will a 3 Roller Mill do for me that a 2 Roller wont?

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