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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2014, 05:08:24 PM »

I've either never had a pebble in my grain in the last 150 batches or the mill has just 'processed' the pebble and I didn't notice it...

Just get Muttons MO and you will have them.


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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2014, 05:54:55 PM »
I've either never had a pebble in my grain in the last 150 batches or the mill has just 'processed' the pebble and I didn't notice it...
I had 2 in some ccisp MO this week, but those were not too big, just made noise and the mill jumped, but then was OK.

Had a bag of Baird MO that had 3 rocks. Each almost made the mill flip off the bucket when the rollers seized. Had to empty and dig those out from the rollers. Thosre were pea sized.
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2014, 05:55:58 PM »
Guess I've just been lucky lol
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2014, 06:15:10 PM »
I only find rocks in floor malted barley. 
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2014, 05:22:12 AM »
Ive seen more rocks and other debris in European malt then ive seen in malt from NA.  And they always seem to be laying on the top of the bag when i open it.
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #35 on: June 28, 2014, 05:39:07 AM »
Ive seen more rocks and other debris in European malt then ive seen in malt from NA.  And they always seem to be laying on the top of the bag when i open it.
A good friend and I agree that there is mor debris in the EU bags of malt. Will have to look for rocks on top when I open a bag.
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #36 on: June 28, 2014, 09:02:28 AM »
Hmm I brew with Warminster floor malted maris otter all the time... I do stay away from Muntons MO because I find the flavor 'meh'... It really just taste like american 2 row to me... I dunno... knock on wood I don't encounter rocks I guess ;D
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #37 on: June 28, 2014, 04:28:02 PM »
Give it time. This thread will get miss quoted and someone will insist that Scottish 80/- has pebbles in it.

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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #38 on: June 28, 2014, 05:33:10 PM »
Not to change the subject, but I brewed with the malt that I crushed with my MM3 yesterday.  My domestic malt extraction rate fell three points per pound per gallon from what I get with my fixed-gap Schmidling Malt Mill.  It was a humbling experience.
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #39 on: June 28, 2014, 05:41:05 PM »
I've done the drill thing but with a normal 5 gallon batch I have gone back to hand cranking. I just really enjoy the feel of the malt being crushed and the resistance against my turning the crank.I also like the sound, which I don't hear when I hook up the drill. For an ordinary batch, even though I put it through twice, I like hand cranking. In fact its one of my favorite tactile parts of brewing, it feels like I'm part of history.
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Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« Reply #40 on: June 29, 2014, 07:35:56 AM »
Assuming we're talking about 5-15 gal batches, don't be a wuss. I have a Barley Crusher and it will process about 1.5 lb/min with the hand crank. From what I've seen at NHC, a few minutes of exercise wouldn't be the worst thing we could do. ;)

As an aside, I'm pretty sure the reliability issues so many people report having with their mills are due to the combination of (relatively) cheap bushings and improperly aligned motors.
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