Homebrewing continues to be extremely popular with those who are not only increasingly disenchanted with mass-market beers – but also want to enjoy a hobby that provides an end result that is unique and can be shared with family and friends. Although some statistics seem to indicate that home brewing number has leveled out due to the increasing choice available to beer lovers in the form of craft beers the hobby still remains tremendously popular. However, those new to homebrewing can be faced with a bewildering choice when it comes to the equipment that is required to produce a superior product.
One of the choices that influence the quality of the end product is the mills used for crushing the grain used in the brewing process. one of the more popular choices is the 3 roller grain mill homebrew model. This mill has a variety of advantages over the 2 roller models.
Firstly it provides far higher output than the two roller models. It is also more efficient at separating starch from the husk – and with less husk damage than the two roller models. There are some minor downsides to operating the 3 roller grain mill homebrew model – but in the grand scheme of things they should not provide a barrier to their use – especially where the homebrewing operating requires higher output. one of the disadvantages is slightly higher power requirements. There is the counter-intuitive problem that these roller grain mills can actually be too efficient – providing more raw ingredients than are required by smaller operations.
The three-roller version of the mill pre-crushes grains between the top two rollers. It then exposes the kernel using the third roller. It is suitable for use with both wheat and barley – and acts to soften the starch with overly damaging the husk. Most models will also allow for the setting of a custom gap between the rollers.
One of the advantages of the three roller models of the mill is that (when sourced from a reputable manufacturer) they are tremendously durable. The rollers can be adjusted and these mills can use a variety of power sources, including a power drill. Many models also allow for the fitment of high torque motors. however, the use of either a drill or a motor is not absolutely essential – most models are supplied with a hand crank. If the brewmaster does not rely on extremely high outputs then the hand crank should be more than sufficient for their uses.
Some DIY knowledge may be required to assemble the mill – but it is not an overly complex task. Buyers should, however, ensure that the mill they purchase does come with assembly instructions – some do not.
The 3 roller grain mill is a great investment for those who want to really take their homebrewing skills to the next level and avoid having to buy pre-crushed grains. It contributes to a superior level of control and great satisfaction during the brewing process. It is well worth the investment.