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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2013, 05:16:38 PM »
I have seen Mills mounted on pro SS carts in catalogs before for the price of a 1BBL brewery.  IF you want to spend you money on that kind of mill im sure you can find it.  Im gonna piece something together for my monster when i get the time, currently it works great with a Variable Speed drill.
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2013, 05:41:38 PM »
I use an old 1/2 hp mixing drill my dad gave me, this thing is probably older than I am... Mounted my mill on a little homemade table, and a bucket fits perfectly under it. The drill has a max rpm of 600, I usually grind at approximately 200 rpm. Goes through 15# of grain ~5 mins...
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2013, 06:15:26 PM »
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?
I would buy Monster Mill direct from manufacturer.
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2013, 06:52:06 PM »
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?
I would buy Monster Mill direct from manufacturer.
Shives and belt from Grainder.

Thanks guys. I think I'll go this route and buy or build a cart

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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2013, 08:05:22 PM »
Wow, just looked at prices. Corona seems not to bad for a little longer.

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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2013, 05:09:34 AM »
Wow, just looked at prices. Corona seems not to bad for a little longer.

YUP!!!!!! couple hundred dollars for a quality mill, but it should last you a life time.  I went with the hardened steel 1/2 shaft 3 roller.  get it done right;)
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2013, 06:03:35 AM »
By the way Monster Mill owners, I just performed that retrofit of the new gap adjustment knobs for my MM-2.2.  It was an easy modification, however I'm well equipped with tools and experience.  It does require drilling and tapping 2 holes in the side plates.  I think it was worth it at its cost of about $37 (shipped). 
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2013, 08:38:43 AM »
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/tls/4180016223.html

Would a motor like this work for motorizing a mill?
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2013, 08:52:11 AM »
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/tls/4180016223.html

Would a motor like this work for motorizing a mill?
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I can't imagine why not.
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2013, 06:28:06 AM »
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/tls/4180016223.html

Would a motor like this work for motorizing a mill?
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Absolutely!  The biggest challenge will be face mounting it.  My motor is similar but has a side mount plate on it that made mounting it a breeze.  The motor itself will work fine, to face mount one you just need to be a bit more creative.

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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2013, 02:08:51 PM »
Check this out, local guy to me started making his own mills after working with a MM3 that was in Ice Harbor's Homebrew Shop  http://www.maltmills.com/
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2013, 07:46:47 PM »
Check this out, local guy to me started making his own mills after working with a MM3 that was in Ice Harbor's Homebrew Shop  http://www.maltmills.com/
Those are really nice mills, a local homebrew shop has one.  They're pricey though.
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2013, 11:28:13 AM »
I've got to build one. My corona is cool but after a three batch marathon brew day... not so much.

Back in the day, I just connected a drill to my corona mill. 

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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2013, 11:32:10 AM »
It's on my winter upgrade list. Is there a one stop shop for everything you need? Or do I buy a monster and get a Granger catalog?

Grainger is pretty proud of their stuff. I picked up my motor on Amazon, and the pulley and sheave from Zoro Tools. Belt and electrical bits and bobs came from Lowe's.
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Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2013, 11:52:49 AM »
I've decided to upgrade my milling after a couple other upgrades. I'm going to add a pump system and another 15 gallon kettle. Will end up with a 9gallon HLT, 15 Gallon recirculation MT, and 15 gallon BK with a RIC. Then add a mill powered with a Dewalt drill. Found these guys in Yacolt, Wa.

http://www.millarsmills.com/