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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2018, 07:35:53 am »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE

Unfortunately, JSP is now out of business due to a fire that destroyed his shop.  I also have used his mill, the preset one, for many years and have been completely satisfied with it  However, it is now over 20 years old and I am going to replace it due, to worn rollers, probably with a Crankandstein which is a three roller mill that has all of the rollers gear driven.
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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2018, 11:16:49 am »
I use a Barley Crusher and have put thousands of pounds through over many years.

When I have issues with rollers pulling grain through (annoying as heck), I find that disassembly, cleaning and lubricating get me back in working order for the next batch.

I think I’ve cleaned / lubricated it twice in about 10 years. The buildup of grain gunk seems to provide extra friction on the free-spinning roller.


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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2018, 12:16:18 pm »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE

Unfortunately, JSP is now out of business due to a fire that destroyed his shop.  I also have used his mill, the preset one, for many years and have been completely satisfied with it  However, it is now over 20 years old and I am going to replace it due, to worn rollers, probably with a Crankandstein which is a three roller mill that has all of the rollers gear driven.

What a shame!  Glad mine is still in good shape.
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Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2018, 03:44:35 pm »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE
That’s what I have and I really like it too. What do you use for a hopper?  I have an office sized waste paper basket attached to the top. Works well but doesn’t completely empty without moving the last bit into the hole manually.  I’ve been wondering what others use.


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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2018, 04:28:18 pm »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE
That’s what I have and I really like it too. What do you use for a hopper?  I have an office sized waste paper basket attached to the top. Works well but doesn’t completely empty without moving the last bit into the hole manually.  I’ve been wondering what others use.


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I use a Folgers can and scoop it in as it runs dry.  Four or five scoops and I’m done.


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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2018, 04:40:18 pm »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE
That’s what I have and I really like it too. What do you use for a hopper?  I have an office sized waste paper basket attached to the top. Works well but doesn’t completely empty without moving the last bit into the hole manually.  I’ve been wondering what others use.


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I bought the janky little hopper JSP made, added brackets to mount it securely on the mill body, and built out a 12" high box extension on top so it will hold a good 15 lbs.  The one good thing about the original JSP hopper was the little plastic flaps to funnel the grain toward the center of the rollers.  It was a quick and dirty build that has served very well.

PS Been looking a their website, and the Crankandstein mills Goose mentioned do have some attractive features.   On my radar now.   But the gear-driven models are way out of the price (and size and capacity) range I'd regard as homebrew territory.  Worth a look.
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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2018, 06:45:08 pm »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE
That’s what I have and I really like it too. What do you use for a hopper?  I have an office sized waste paper basket attached to the top. Works well but doesn’t completely empty without moving the last bit into the hole manually.  I’ve been wondering what others use.


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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2018, 08:08:42 pm »
Here's mine.  Got a rolling cabinet to put the bucket in so as to keep the dust to a minimum.  A nice electric motor running slowly and a JSP adjustable with a Better Bottle hopper.  Works flawlessly.

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« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2018, 08:45:14 pm »
Nice. Any stability issues with the Better Bottle and loading grain into it?


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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2018, 07:00:20 am »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE
That’s what I have and I really like it too. What do you use for a hopper?  I have an office sized waste paper basket attached to the top. Works well but doesn’t completely empty without moving the last bit into the hole manually.  I’ve been wondering what others use.


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I bought the janky little hopper JSP made, added brackets to mount it securely on the mill body, and built out a 12" high box extension on top so it will hold a good 15 lbs.  The one good thing about the original JSP hopper was the little plastic flaps to funnel the grain toward the center of the rollers.  It was a quick and dirty build that has served very well.

PS Been looking a their website, and the Crankandstein mills Goose mentioned do have some attractive features.   On my radar now.   But the gear-driven models are way out of the price (and size and capacity) range I'd regard as homebrew territory.  Worth a look.

Ordered a Crankandstein yesterday.  Yeah a bit pricey for the 3 roller gear driven one, but I used one at the Bugnutty Brewery in Merrit Island, FL when we brewed a few beers together and liked how it worked.  Also got the hopper with it so I don't have to build one!!!!
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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2018, 07:55:46 am »
Ordered a Crankandstein yesterday.  Yeah a bit pricey for the 3 roller gear driven one, but I used one at the Bugnutty Brewery in Merrit Island, FL when we brewed a few beers together and liked how it worked.  Also got the hopper with it so I don't have to build one!!!!
Goose, report back when you get it set up if you would.  I like the idea of the incremental adjustment on the gap and the three flats on the shaft, and it looks like the most solidly constructed mill out there. (I've heard mixed reviews on the Monster 3 roller.)  I can't really see how that base and hopper setup is configured, I'd like a "live" report on that and whether you like the gap adjustment.  (Think I would replace the JSP before it's completely dead IF I could confidently find the only mill I'll ever need again.)
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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2018, 07:58:44 am »
I too have heard many brewers comment that they have difficulty getting all three rollers to turn sometimes. I really like the fact that Crankandstein has a geared version that avoids that. That's the only way I'd move to a 3-roller unit.

PS: I have a MM 2 roller mill with 2 inch rollers and it performs very well. I wish there were a homebrew mill with even larger diameter rollers since that really does make a difference. Pro mills are typically in the 6 to 8 inch diameter range. 
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Re: Best grain mill available today.
« Reply #27 on: August 22, 2018, 08:06:31 am »
Nice. Any stability issues with the Better Bottle and loading grain into it?


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None.  It shifts an inch or two but nothing more.
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« Reply #28 on: August 22, 2018, 09:08:10 am »
I have the cereal killer which is (I think) newer to the market than a lot of the mills talked about above. It is on the lower side of the market. It's a two roller mill and adjustable. Works great and happy with the milling. (I also have the corona-type mill I started with that I pull out when I need to mill a lot of unmalted wheat because you can pretty much grind that stuff to flour.)

The monster mill looks like a more durable build but closer to three times the price. If money played no role in decision-making I would get the MM3 or the three roller Crankenstein.
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« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2018, 01:45:48 pm »
Thanks for everybody’s input. 

I will look at importing a monster mill or buy a barley crusher here in the U.K.   


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