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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2010, 12:20:46 PM »
I've gotten around 75% using the factory settings on mine over the last few batches but I'm also conditioning the grain. 
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2010, 01:29:31 PM »
I've gotten around 75% using the factory settings on mine over the last few batches but I'm also conditioning the grain. 

Conditioning? How is it done?
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2010, 01:31:38 PM »
I've gotten around 75% using the factory settings on mine over the last few batches but I'm also conditioning the grain. 

Conditioning? How is it done?

Kai's got a good description of the process...

http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Malt_Conditioning
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2010, 08:46:15 PM »
I tried something like that a few times to make the husk stretchier. I agree with Kai as it really isn't required to make good beer. Got my own brewing approaches so I knows about preferences in certain small things.
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2010, 11:08:51 PM »
I just got a Barley Crusher and brewed an APA back to back, first with the default setting, then with it at 0.030". Mash efficiency went from 79% to 87%. I did have a slow sparge with the tighter gap, but I've used Kai's spray-bottle conditioning method since then and had much faster runoff. Running the pump wide open fast, actually.
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2010, 10:58:48 PM »
I'll give it a try.
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2010, 04:56:03 PM »
I tightened up my gap just a little from original. Works well!!

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2010, 11:07:30 PM »
Watch those fingers kids...

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2010, 01:56:44 PM »
I like your motorized setup for the Barley Crusher.  Can you give me the details/plans for it?  Looks like bicycle gears and chain?
What kind of motor is that?

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2010, 05:28:16 PM »
It is just a 1/4 hp gearmotor I bought from www.surpluscenter.com. It was just the right size that I was able to mount it right to the stock board, sideways like that. It came with the RC25 pitch sprocket on it, and I just bought the little sprocket for the crusher, a little chain, and viola. I think the little sprocket it like 19 tooth? After calculations, final rpm, 276. I just used some little "L" brackets for mounting to the board. It was a must to do this cause, well I'm lazy....I mean pragmatic.
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2010, 07:00:00 PM »
Today my sentiments are "jeez, it's just a little crankin, who needs a motor for that?"

Tomorrow, while grinding the grain for my next batch I'll be thinking, "So, what do I need to do to motorize this sucker?"

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2010, 04:14:39 PM »
Today my sentiments are "jeez, it's just a little crankin, who needs a motor for that?"

Tomorrow, while grinding the grain for my next batch I'll be thinking, "So, what do I need to do to motorize this sucker?"



Exactly my progression of thinking! Hahaha.....figured I can crank my mill manually for $20 or more. After a couple times grinding up grain for a fairly big beer.....that $20 seemed pretty cheap!
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2010, 04:41:11 PM »
Old fermentor bucket here.  Fits like a champ

Fred

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2010, 02:37:09 PM »
I just got this mill recently, but have had problems with the drills I've been using.  The first drill was just not powerful enough, so I got a corded drill.  I was too nervous to give it full power, but this drill wouldn't start the rollers without giving it full power quickly then backing off.... eventually both drills started smoking and I finished the grist off with the hand crank.  What do you think?  A drill with more torque?

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2010, 02:55:29 PM »
What do you think?  A drill with more torque?
I doubt it.  I use a 12v cordless Dewalt and sometimes a super cheap 18v cordless no-name brand.  With either one, I can start the rollers extremely slowly.

It sounds like you have some kind of other problem going on.