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    Lightbulb Affordable Malt Roller Mills + Bottle Holders/Carriers?


    I took up brewing after my interest was piqued by a fascinating discussion about the beer brewing process with a mate of a mate. Blue eyed and bushy tailed I wanted a 'taste' of this whole experience for myself without too much capital outlay.
    With the above mentioned blue-eyed-and-bushy-tailedness, I was horrified at the costs of some of the equipment. My first little all-grain batch, I kid you not, was done using a slightly modified tiny manual coffee grinder. 1kg of grain took me no less than 2 hours to mill.


    With what seemed the insane cost of malt mills, and my product development background I endevoured to make my own mill, with simpler and more cost effective manufacturing methods. [Cos hey, everyone wants a proper malt roller] Initially it was just for myself, but I did get a lot of interest shown from others, and the typical "...if only I had/ could afford a proper mill..." comments. So the approach changed a bit to repeat manufacture rather than once off.


    I began the process and since came across many forum discussions, both local and global, around the same venture. Typically these ventures/ discussions all came to a sudden halt or sudden silence. From my experiences, I suspect it is typically when the technicalities are encountered, such as nip angle; knurling, adjustability, concentricity, and machining costs.


    Around the same time I was also playing around/ experimenting with practical bottle management/ bottle carrier systems which seemed non existant. These, together with the (WIP) mill development has evolved into a bit of a hobby/ sideline business.


    The carriers have been moving, but the mill has reached the point of having cost quite a chunk of money, and still not finalised (because I am taking a fresh approach, a lot of experimenting has been required). So my eventual question from all this:


    Do you guys think there is or would be a need/ demand for such mills, and it is worth carrying on with? I am expecting the cost would be somewhere between typical corona mills and typical existing roller mill costs, hopefully closer to corona mill costs. I will probably have a traditional dual roller version and also a roller-plate version.


    And in the same vein, would the typical bottler likely be interested in 4-pack; 6-pack etc bottle holders/ carriers?


    I would appreciate any feedback from you guys who currently mill your own malt (or plan/ want to) and guys who keep bottles.
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    I would definitely be interested in the mill if the price is right (its all about the money when it comes to brewing equipment)

    No pictures yet ?
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    Ditto for the mill if price is right

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    I would definitely be interested in the mill if the price is right (its all about the money when it comes to brewing equipment)

    No pictures yet ?
    Well the mills are still a bit of a work in progress...

    -The entry level roller-plate mill (this is one of the prototypes and things are still changing slightly from images):



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    -The twin roller mill (this is one of the prototypes and things are still changing from images):



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    The bottle carriers are pretty much finalised, just more variants in the pipeline:





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    What would your price-point be on an adjustable double roller mill?

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    It would be price dependant. I have a Corona mill and very happy with it. Not prepared to spend thousands on a roller mill.
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    Because I am still experimenting a bit I don't know firm costs. I am basically trying for "a roller mill that doesn't cost what a roller mill typically costs, and something 'better' than a corona that is not that much more than a corona" There is that very prevalent product gap noted in the image above, that I think is what we are all looking for (screenshot from Beerlab's available mills)

    The roller costs are the killer, but if I had to hazard a guess...

    Adjustable Roller-Plate Mill: ~R1400-1600
    Adjustable Twin Roller Mill: ~R1800-R2000
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    I can source a twin roller with a hopper overseas for around $130, so with import duties and shipping, it will be around R2.5k.

    So throw in a hopper and I think you'll have a market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langchop View Post
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    Because I am still experimenting a bit I don't know firm costs. I am basically trying for "a roller mill that doesn't cost what a roller mill typically costs, and something 'better' than a corona that is not that much more than a corona" There is that very prevalent product gap noted in the image above, that I think is what we are all looking for (screenshot from Beerlab's available mills)

    The roller costs are the killer, but if I had to hazard a guess...

    Adjustable Roller-Plate Mill: ~R1400-1600
    Adjustable Twin Roller Mill: ~R1800-R2000
    That sounds great ....

    I'm sure once you have this finalized and do some demo's at beer festivals, it will sell
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    I reckon so too

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