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crankandstein vs barley crusher
« on: August 18, 2010, 03:05:34 PM »
Which do people prefer? whats the better buy?

Thinking of the crankandstein 2A in particular up against the barley crusher

Any thoughts?


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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 03:11:00 PM »
Which do people prefer? whats the better buy?

Thinking of the crankandstein 2A in particular up against the barley crusher

Any thoughts?
I have a similar question, but am leaning toward a monster mill over the BC.
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010, 04:10:51 PM »
I don't own a crankandstein but I do own a barleycrusher and also a monster mill and I recommend the latter. The BC is great the first couple of years and then it starts to jam on a very frequent basis. The MM will jam too, but just seems easier to "unjam".
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2010, 04:12:11 PM »
Which version of the MM do you have, and how long have you had it?

Anyone using a JSP?
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 04:27:53 PM »
I have the MM 3 2.0. Definitely expensive but worth it for me, since I also brew in 1bbl batches. I can grind 100 lbs of grain in 10-15 minutes. For a 10 gallon batch it only takes a couple min.  But the great thing is it doesn't jam often, and when it does I can fix it by jamming a ruler down the center so the roller's "grab" again. Once it grabs it doesn't stop. Sometimes it won;t grab in the very beginning. The problem I had the the BC was that, after a year or so it would stop grabbing mid grind.

Oh, I've had the MM for about 6 months.
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2010, 04:43:06 PM »
FWIW, I bought a CnS 3D four years ago. I motorized it with a 1/3hp motor and a 10 inch sheave to get about a 300 RPM spindle speed. It chomps through grain like there's no tomorrow. . . just like it did the day I started using it. I can't discern any degradation in the knurled rollers, so I couldn't be happier with my purchase!

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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2010, 06:11:44 PM »
Now you just need to build yourself a finger guard so you don't have typing problems in the future!

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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2010, 07:07:59 PM »
Which version of the MM do you have, and how long have you had it?

I've got the very first version that Monster came out with after the split.  It's a two roller and I've been using it since whenever it came out - about two years, maybe?
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2010, 07:29:26 PM »
Now you just need to build yourself a finger guard so you don't have typing problems in the future!

Oh please! Don't be so cautious. He has like ... nine more!  ;)
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2010, 07:32:52 PM »
Now you just need to build yourself a finger guard so you don't have typing problems in the future!

Oh please! Don't be so cautious. He has like ... nine more!  ;)

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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2010, 08:49:24 PM »
I was thinking of how clever the tensioning scheme is. Oh, and it probably wouldn't hurt as much to take but a few minutes to build a box to fit over that pulley. ;)
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2010, 09:35:43 PM »
Yes.  That pulley system is quite ingenious.  I just may have to copy that some day. 

And, yes, it will have a finger guard  :-*

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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2010, 10:59:39 PM »
What it looked like while building the mill
That looks sweet!
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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2010, 08:30:27 PM »
Which version of the MM do you have, and how long have you had it?

Anyone using a JSP?

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Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2010, 05:51:46 AM »
I use the BC for about 8 years with no problem.  Burned out an underpowered drill, but that was not the BC's problem.  My LHBS used the prototype for an estimated 5.000,000 lbs of grain before getting the larger commercial version.  The knurls wore away but it still crushed grain.
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