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Barley Crusher in today!
« on: June 22, 2010, 04:52:53 PM »
Sweet!
The Fedex guy showed up today with my new toy!
 I crushed 7 pounds for my next batch with the crank and will never do that again. I was sweating in the kitchen cranking that damn thing. Glad to have a motor and drill to run in from now on.
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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 01:26:25 AM »
I have a Corona Mill and have done 2 batches now with it (by hand crank). First batch was 18.5 lbs and the second was 17.5 lbs.  I know the pain you speak of but to me its all in a day of brewing..or the day or two before.

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010, 06:50:30 AM »
I crushed 7 pounds for my next batch with the crank and will never do that again. I was sweating in the kitchen cranking that damn thing. Glad to have a motor and drill to run in from now on.
Only took me once too!   :D

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010, 07:08:13 AM »
I would just verify the gap.  Mine must have been dropped by  UPS or something because it was off on both ends from the manufactures setting of 39mm.   I used my Credit card first then eventually got the feeler gauge for more accurate settings.

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010, 07:13:53 AM »
Good idea, I'll check that out. I was really impressed with the aggressive knurl on the rollers. My old one is worn almost smooth. I could have send it back to the fella that made it, but the wifey beat me to the punch!
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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2010, 09:02:57 AM »
I was really impressed with the aggressive knurl on the rollers.

tom, put about 3-4000lbs of grain through it and they'll wear down, trust me... ;)

definitely check the gap, and if you hit any pebbles in your grind, be sure to check it again.
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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2010, 10:34:02 AM »
3-4000 pounds would have me brewing well past my hundredth birthday at my rate!
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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2010, 03:57:49 AM »
I have that 15lb Barley Crusher. I've probably crushed grain for 30 batches or so already and it works like a charm. Great value!

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 08:36:27 AM »
Sweet!
The Fedex guy showed up today with my new toy!
 I crushed 7 pounds for my next batch with the crank and will never do that again. I was sweating in the kitchen cranking that damn thing. Glad to have a motor and drill to run in from now on.

I suffered cranking that thing in the kitchen forever (probably 7 batches).  Tried the drill and had the chuck seize up on me.  Finally got the Surplus Sales motor rigged up to a switch on a table and life is good.
I've consumed all of my home brew and still can't relax!  Now what!

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2010, 03:11:07 AM »
Don't you feel as giddy as a kid on Christmas when new toys come in the mail ;)

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2010, 09:55:39 PM »
3-4000 pounds would have me brewing well past my hundredth birthday at my rate!

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2010, 10:39:08 PM »
I've had mine for three years now. Dropped it directly on the drive-shaft so there's a slight warp to it but it still grinds like a champ once it gets going. One thing to watch out for is that grain swells and contracts along with the humidity- so periodically you might have to loosen up the gap slightly to get the grain to "bite" and start passing through.

I run it as fast as I can with a drill.

Congrats on the BC I hope you wear that sucker out!
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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2010, 02:21:38 PM »
I just got mine a few days ago. I first put 1 lb grain through by hand cranck to play with it, so I wont be doing that again. the drill was awsome and about 1,000 times faster. BTW how do you adjust the gap if, one wanted to?

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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2010, 02:38:31 PM »
There's two knurled knobs for adjusting at each end. You can loosen them by backing off on the screws by each knob.
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Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2010, 02:46:29 PM »
I've had mine for three years now. Dropped it directly on the drive-shaft so there's a slight warp to it but it still grinds like a champ once it gets going. One thing to watch out for is that grain swells and contracts along with the humidity- so periodically you might have to loosen up the gap slightly to get the grain to "bite" and start passing through.

I run it as fast as I can with a drill.

Congrats on the BC I hope you wear that sucker out!

+1      I had the same problem and thought the shaft was slipping on the roller until I looked underneath and saw it just was not puling grain through.