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Post Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:34 pm

which grain mill?

thinking about buying one or asking SWMBO for one. what do you guys like and why???
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:36 am

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Here we go again ......
get the JSP Maltmill. It is twice the mill as the Barley Crusher. Come over and see mine in action and you'll agree.
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:26 am

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Here's a link to a lengthy thread about mills viewtopic.php?f=5&t=75128 Greg is right - his JSP is (literally) twice the mill as my Barley Crusher - the rollers are twice as long. That's a real plus if you're doing 20-gallon batches with big grain bills like he does, or if you're brewing really often. I brew 5- and 10-gallon batches and brew about every 3-4 weeks, and hand-cranking my BC works fine for me. As well, the BC is an adjustable mill (not necessary, but nice) and is ready-to-go right out of the box.
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:29 am

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Ten plus years on my JSP but you will find brewers that swear their brand of crusher. Do a search at the top of the page and you will be busy for hours reading about what grain mill to buy. Happy shopping!
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:30 am

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ok thanks guys, i c there are fixed and different types of adjustable rollers. need to start reading up.
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:54 am

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I have a single sided one and love it... Although I have to replace the sides on it, to my own fault I let the humidity get to it and the thin wood sides bowed out a bit..

The JSP is a phenomenal mill and Jack (the owner and creator) has got to be the best at customer service ever! I mean we must have exchanged over 20 e-mails to make sure that we nailed down when my adjustment screw fell out and was lost... I can honestly say that you will never be let down with the JSP.
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I like my Corona!
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:39 am

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MullerBrau wrote:Here we go again ......
get the JSP Maltmill. It is twice the mill as the Barley Crusher. Come over and see mine in action and you'll agree.


+1

I love my JSP. At some point, I would love to motorize it and build a hopper. I'm very envious of your setup, Greg!
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:59 am

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I too would love to motorize... however I just don't feel that I can do it... Too much math... Need someone else to do it for me lol...
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:03 am

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Do any of you own a JSP and a Barley Crusher (or other multiple mills)? I think people tend to be partial to the equipment they own. I'm sure some of the seasoned brewers have had multiple mills. Its kinda like your first car. I like Ford mainly because it was my first pick-up. :cheers:
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roffenburger wrote:Do any of you own a JSP and a Barley Crusher (or other multiple mills)? I think people tend to be partial to the equipment they own. I'm sure some of the seasoned brewers have had multiple mills. Its kinda like your first car. I like Ford mainly because it was my first pick-up. :cheers:
I own a JSP and 3 guys that I brew often with all have the BC. Both make beer in the end but they go through all kinds of problems trying to:

1. Get the grains to go through the rollers
2. Keep the grains from bypassing and leaking around the hopper.
3. Get large grain bills finished in a reasonable amount of time.

My mill is non-adjustable and I don't ever see a need to adjust it. It's also built very well.
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:05 pm

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The JSP is indeed a good mill and the rollers are longer than most other homebrew mills, but the grain hopper directs the malt to the center 3-4 inches which do the bulk of the grinding. The longer rollers never really play into it be "better" in any way. I have an Automatic mill from when they were still in the homebrewing game. It's as good as the rest out there. They all pretty much crush the same.
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:15 pm

Re: which grain mill?

I have a Corona and a Barley Crusher and like the Barley Crusher because it fits on a bucket and traps most of the grain/dust. I had the Corona rigged up with a bag that fed into a bucket. I get the same efficacy out of both. I use a Speedster controller to torque my drill down and can crush 30 lbs in less than 5 minutes on both (I use a big funnel for the Corona hopper). The Barley Crusher is just more convenient to operate!
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:17 pm

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Geoff Henderson wrote:I use a Speedster controller to torque my drill down


what's that?
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Post Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:19 pm

Re: which grain mill?

I too have been looking for a mill, and have a general question - when would you want an adjustable gap setting? It seems like once you have a gap setting to where you want it, you would not change it... Any insights on this?

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