Cheap grain mill

General brewing information, questions and discussion. Topics that do not seem to fit elsewhere.

Moderators: slothrob, 2row, wottaguy

Cheap grain mill

Postby mccarthy » Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:59 pm

does anyone know where you can get a cheap grain mill? I've seen enough on different websites but don't particularly want to order one, I'd much rather just pick one up some where but i pretty much only see the kitchen-aid attachment and since i don't have one of those it's of little use.
mccarthy
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:55 pm
Location: lowell, ma

Carona mill

Postby slothrob » Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:45 pm

The only cheap mill I know of is the Carona mill and similar corn mills. They require some modification to work well for brewing, but a lot of people have used them over the years. I've heard that they're often cheap (~$25) at Big Lots, but they never have them when I've gone. The brewshops usually sell them for $45-65. Beer and Wine Hobby in Woburn sells them for $60, which I think is overpriced for what they are.

I bought a Barley Crusher online for about $120, which is about as cheap as the dedicated mills come. I think the single roller Phil Mill is about $110.
BTP v2.0.* Windows XP
User avatar
slothrob
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 1768
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:36 pm
Location: Greater Boston

Postby mccarthy » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:40 am

thanks man
mccarthy
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:55 pm
Location: lowell, ma

Carona mill

Postby Legman » Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:40 pm

What kind of modification do you have to do to make it work good? And why doesn't it work well enough for brewing?
User avatar
Legman
Strong Ale
Strong Ale
 
Posts: 349
Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:02 pm
Location: North Carolina

Re: Carona mill

Postby slothrob » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:59 pm

Legman wrote:What kind of modification do you have to do to make it work good? And why doesn't it work well enough for brewing?

I'm hesitant to say that it doesn't work well for brewing because many use them. However, it's designed to grind rather finely for brewing, so the common modification is to add washers to the adjustment screw to set a gap that works well for brewing.

It's a cheap fix, just takes a little time and ingenuity. My Barley Crusher worked right from the box at 75% efficiency. I did pay for that luxury, though.

The other problem it can have is that, because it's a grinder instead of a crusher, it tends to tear the husks. Setting the gap well seems to reduce this to an acceptable level.
BTP v2.0.* Windows XP
User avatar
slothrob
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 1768
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:36 pm
Location: Greater Boston


Return to General

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests