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Offline dean

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2010, 04:39:43 PM »
10 gal igloo works good and holds more grain than a 5 gal bucket

Sometimes, maybe more often than not, milled grain for my batches won't fit in a 5 gallon bucket either.   :D

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2010, 06:52:50 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?
I use a drill similar to this with excellent results...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93632
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2010, 11:48:41 PM »
I went with the one below. I opted for a 1/2 rod in on the mill, so I need a 1/2 in drill. Plus it is variable speed. Lowest
setting is perfect and it works like a champ. Harbor freight does kick butt with some prices..Found out I had one
down the road and saved on shipping and they had it on sale for $32.

Harbor Freigh ITEM 3273-9VGA

« Last Edit: March 18, 2010, 07:20:33 AM by rabid_dingo »
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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #33 on: March 18, 2010, 09:53:17 AM »
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?

Cordless drill no good (usually). After much experimentation I've found that running the drill flat-out at 3000rpm all the time produces the best results. And it doesn't start smoking LOL though I got that with my Black&Decker 18v.

Really, the main problem I see with the BC and it probably is true with most mills (WAG) is that the variations in grain's kernel-size coupled with fluctuations in humidity often requires gap adjustments just to get the stuff to feed through. I grab the chuck and work it back and forth till I feel the grain "bite" and then I let it rip.

Finally concluded I'll just back off on the gap permanently since a dubious couple points in efficiency no longer matter to me. I just want the brew-day to go smoothly. ;)

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Re: a question about my new 7 lb. barley crusher
« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2010, 08:05:04 PM »
Thanks for the help guys