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Offline Kit B

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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2011, 12:25:55 PM »
I've bent my drive shaft by just hand cranking malt that was excessively malt conditioned which essentially coated my rollers with flour-based "concrete" (corn-dog rollers!).  I never worked so hard to grind a batch of grain.

And, here I thought I was the only guy that made that mistake!
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I had to let the conditioned malt sit in the hot sun for a while, to evaporate the mist.
Oops.
Only made that mistake 1 time, though.

Under normal circumstances, my 18V Black & Decker works great.
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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2011, 04:30:06 PM »
After reading these posts and doing some homework, I opted for the 1/2 heavy duty low speed drill from harbor freight in my earlier post.  Drill specs are:
variable speed control from 0 to 550 rpm
double gear reduction motor for increased torque
120 volts, 7.5 amps

Someone mentioned that this may be too much drill... nah... let her rip, lol.  Thanks for your help.  I can't wait to brew a double IPA and mill the grain with this bad boy.

Let her rip indeed.. I use a Milwaukee Hole Hawg...  ;D



 :o Holy drill...got a little Tim Allen syndrome?   ;D  You milling gravel?

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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2011, 09:29:11 PM »
After reading these posts and doing some homework, I opted for the 1/2 heavy duty low speed drill from harbor freight in my earlier post.  Drill specs are:
variable speed control from 0 to 550 rpm
double gear reduction motor for increased torque
120 volts, 7.5 amps

Someone mentioned that this may be too much drill... nah... let her rip, lol.  Thanks for your help.  I can't wait to brew a double IPA and mill the grain with this bad boy.
That's the exact drill I have for my MM3-2.  It smells like a cheap drill when you're running it, but it's been working well so far.
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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2011, 07:48:40 AM »
i use this with my Monster Mill - been very happy with it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002233E

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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2011, 05:30:50 PM »
I use a 2 roller barley crusher with a 7 amp 3/8 chuck dewalt and i couldnt ask for a better system.
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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2011, 10:28:49 PM »
I went to Target and got the cheapest electric (corded, not battery-powered) drill. It works fine with my crankandstein. The only time it ever gets a little shady is if I drill a ton of hard unmalted winter wheat berries. On sale it was $24.99.

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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2011, 02:53:21 PM »
After reading these posts and doing some homework, I opted for the 1/2 heavy duty low speed drill from harbor freight in my earlier post.  Drill specs are:
variable speed control from 0 to 550 rpm
double gear reduction motor for increased torque
120 volts, 7.5 amps

Someone mentioned that this may be too much drill... nah... let her rip, lol.  Thanks for your help.  I can't wait to brew a double IPA and mill the grain with this bad boy.

That's the drill I have.  It's been working great.   

 My favorite feature, besides the locking trigger, is that it has handle mount points on three sides.    I created a couple of extra handles using a dowel and some hanger bolts to give it 'wings'.    This lets me:

- prop the drill up on top of a second empty bucket when milling, so I don't have to hold it.

- place it on top of my converted keg boil kettle to drive a short paint mixer during cooling.    Much easier than stirring with a spoon, and combined with my immersion chiller I'll go from 212 to 80 degrees in about 8 minutes.

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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2011, 03:09:43 PM »
I bought this drill for my basement remodeling project and I've been really happy with it.  Nice thing about this brand is that Menards will swap the drill for a new one, no questions asked, if it dies in the first 3 years!  That being said I've had it for 2 and it's been bullet proof!

http://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/power-tools/drills/masterforce-1-2-hammer-drill/p-1474371.htm
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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2011, 09:14:26 AM »
on a related note...can you mill the grain too fast? whats proper speed or does it not matter?
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Re: Proper Drill for Milling Grain
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2011, 09:58:30 AM »
on a related note...can you mill the grain too fast? whats proper speed or does it not matter?

Apparently, you can - IIRC too fast also tears the husk.  That's why I (like hopshead) forked over more $$ for a higher torque drill - once I get it going, I then releaser the trigger to as slow as I can but still keep it moving.

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