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Grain Table

Posted: |03 Mar 2021|, 16:26
by Brewbear
Hi Brewers!
Just signed up yesterday and thought I might as well share my collapsible grain mill table with you.
I try to keep on the frugal side for doing all grain brewing, but like everyone else, I kinda drool over those dreamy complete all-in-one electric systems where a switch and pump and coupler are all that's needed for a one BBL brew day. Toss in a jacketed fermentor and glycol chiller for a Dream-to-the-Max. Anyway I have included some pics and will give a brief overview of the build. Easy to make and all folds up out of the way until next time.
We all probably have done the hold the drill between the legs or a hand hold down while adjusting the speed control to deal with a finicky grain bill to crushing. This is with the mill sitting precariously on it's platform over a bucket (which I know I have overturned more than once). Finally got tired of that setup and thought a nice stable table with a bucket underneath and a means of controlling the mill power source would be nice. Since I had already had a powerful drill (picked up at WalMart on clearance)and a electric speed control (from a friend who thought I might use it and had no use for it!), I opted to use what I had instead of the electric motor route.
I have a nice size shed that serves for storage, workshop, brew shed, and keg and lagering setup. Space is always at a premium and often requires moving things about for the task at hand. I did(do)not need anything more on the horizontal plane of things to move around, but I did have unused wall space. That is why I made a fold up grain mill table.
As I said I like being frugal with my brewing( I think we all could consume less!) so the wood used was re-purposed from treads from the re-done basement steps. The treads were 1+1/8 inches thick. For joinery I finally got to use a pocket screw jig which was a past bday gift. Found it to be a pretty slick and fast means of joinery over other methods. A few scraps of pine boards, 4-3" hinges, a hook and eye, 3- 1/4" bolts and wing nuts, some wood glue, and some leftover stain and that comprised the materials.
I don't have detailed draft plans for this. It was an off-the-cuff sort of build but I did try to use a tape measure to give anyone, wanting to do a copy, dimension estimates. It worked out well, works well, and best of all; stores well. One note is that I do shim the underneath bucket up to just below the mill opening to cut down on flour loss/dust. Made it 24" high to keep measurement simple or in case I had a taller bucket sometime.
As I do gas fired brewing and BIAB, I also added a couple of photos of a burner stand I made (don't comment on the welds please, lol) and my grain bag hoist from a cheap CdnTire 12V winch. The burner stand was made from an old angle iron bed box spring support. I cheated with 1.5" square for legs but only because I for some reason only could find one of the supports(??). Winch has an up/down controller and I use an old Honda Civic battery that works well if kept charged from time to time. Happy brewing!

Re: Grain Table

Posted: |05 Mar 2021|, 10:02
by Reignman
Nice job!!

Re: Grain Table

Posted: |22 Apr 2021|, 23:47
by Bodhi
looks great. last weekend I was milling grain for my Deanburger and as I was grinding the grains my mill fell off the bucket. I have no idea how much grain ended up in the batch but still ended up at my target OG of 1.048. I need something like this or one that folds down. Too little space in the brew room!

Re: Grain Table

Posted: |23 Apr 2021|, 06:32
by Reignman
Bodhi, I installed those rubber feet with a screw in them on a piece of wood for my grain bucket. Made a tight fit and my mill doesn't move.