- Solid Mill....Great Crush Review by Chris
One note on assembly... make sure to assemble the base before the hopper.... if you do the hopper first it is very "tippy" when assembling the base. Also it should be noted that the flat washers should touch the Plexiglas and the split washers go in-between the flat washer and the head of the screw. In other words the split rings should not directly contact the Plexi. (Posted on 4/16/14)
- Well built, excellent performer Review by Andrew
I've run 3 all-grain batches through it, and it's awesome. The roller gaps are easy to adjust, and they stay locked in position - no slipping. I crush my wheat malt, barley and specialty malts separately (adjusting the gaps for each malt), so I'm quite pleased with the simplicity/accuracy of the adjusters. The rollers move freely. The crush quality has been fantastic - most of the hull is intact, and I can adjust the final grind to a higher level of flouring without facilitating a stuck sparge. I've only had to use half of the rice hulls that I traditionally use in my Hefeweizen recipe.
I highly recommend the Captain Crush. I'm getting an average efficiency of 85% with this mill. I've been brewing for about 18 years (17 years all-grain), and I'm quite pleased with my purchase.
(Posted on 3/11/14)
- Works great, easy setup, very sturdy and cool design Review by Ken K.
- Nice adjust mill, clear plastic is a plus, not negative. Review by Drew
It's a nice mill... I've worked in a Homebrew store, brewed forever, and am familiar with other products... Even owned a few other mills.
The adjustment on crush is quick, the mill will do fine crushes without trouble or jamming. And the rollers grab grain so a geared drive isn't necessary to keep a feed going.
As to the plastic... I actually like that the most; I can see when the bucket is full and there's a coolness factor like watching beer ferment in glass... You can see the crush happen. Newbies will love that. And I gotta say I like it too.
The three roller gives a nice even crush, and yes if you frig with grinds and go real fine, you can get higher efficiencies (at the risk of a stuck mask and getting some husk in your boil). But hell, that's preference, Miller pulverizes it's malt with a hammer mill. They get 95 + efficiency by doing so. That's closer to mash filters than lauter tuns.
I have a barley crusher too... (I have brew setup a in multiple states ... Haha) the barley crusher is great too. I don't care for wood though, gets a little musty and moldy if it gets wet. I'm lazy and hose off equipment to keep things clean and prefer plastic or metal; those materials dry without mold.
Anyway the thumb screws don't appear to be a problem but will keep you all posted. All and all, slick mill with selling points for sure. (Posted on 2/16/14)