5 Best Grain Mill Machines Reviewed
Hand Crank & Electric Tabletop Grinders

One of the most basic ingredients in beer is grain. Grain is what breaks down into sugar that yeast feeds on.

When yeast eats this sugar, it produces both alcohol and carbon dioxide. Grain also adds color and flavor to the beer.

Choosing the right grain for your beer is vital as it gives beer many of its unique qualities. Sometimes only one type is used such as barley.

However, there are many types of grains that can be used.

It is only required to add one grain to brew a beer. However, you can add multiple different types depending on what kind of beer you want to make. Different types of grains include barley, corn, oats, rice, rye, and wheat.

Most local beer supply shops sell these beer grains and even allow you to taste them before you buy. However, once you buy them, you will have to grind your grains using a milling machine.

You’re probably wondering what is a mill used for?

Grinding grains makes it easier to break down the starches into sugar when you are making your wort.

These beer supply stores usually have a mill for brewing on site that you can use to grind the grain you have purchased.

However, it may not always be practical to use their mill. It can be much less expensive to buy grains in bulk which may not be used immediately, or you may be purchasing online.

Because of this, you should consider picking up a DIY grain mill of your own.

There are many different kinds of milling machines. They come in a wide range of price, quality, and purpose. Because of this, we took some time to point out some of the key features of some popular mills and hope you find this information useful.

Our Best Grain Mill Picks for 2018

Product
Type
Materials
Dimensions
Price
#1 - KitchenAid KGM Grain Mill Attachment
KitchenAid KGM Grain Mill Attachment small
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Grain-Mill Attachment


Metal


8.1 x 4.4 x 8.2 inches


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#2 - Victoria Commercial Grade Grain Grinder
Victoria Commercial Grade Grain Grinder small
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Grain Grinder


Metal


5.5 x 6 x 23 inches


$
#3 - Premium Quality Cast Iron Grinder
Premium Quality Cast Iron Grinder small
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Corn Grinder


Cast Iron


10 x 8 x 16 inches


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#4 - Barley Crusher With 15 Lb Capacity Hopper
Barley Crusher With 15 Lb Capacity Hopper small
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Barley Crusher


Metal


5" rollers


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#5 - Victorio VKP1024 Deluxe Hand Crank Grain Mill
Victorio VKP1024 Deluxe Hand Crank Grain Mill small
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Grain Mill


Metal


5 x 2.5 x 16 inches


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#1 KitchenAid KGM Grain Mill Attachment (My Favorite)

grain mill for homebrew

The KitchenAid is my personal favorite. It’s an attachment grain mill designed to be used in tandem with a KitchenAid mixer.

It is mounted to the front of the mixer and is powered by its motor.

That makes this mill an electric automatic grinder.

This beer mill attachment is all metal and is intended for all dry and minimal oil grains.

Different settings allow you to choose whether you want the content to turn out cracked or fine like a powder.

This makes grinding barley, wheat, corn, and rice an easy task.

I’ve been using the Kitchen Aid for the past 5 years with no issues at all.  This is the product I recommend to all my friends that are serious about brewing.

Pros

  • Motorized (automatic)
  • Metal
  • Course and fine grind settings
  • Hopper cover

Cons

  • Requires KitchenAid Mixer (which is handy anyways)

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#2 Victoria Commercial Grade Grain Grinder with Hopper

Grain Grinder by Victoria - Commercial Grade

This mill works like most hand crank mills. Just adjust it onto your tabletop and you’re good to go. However, its entire body, including the hopper, is made from cast iron.  Quite stylish if you ask me.

The blades are made of self-sharpening stainless steel, and the crank has a wooden handle.

Like most hand operated mills, the coarseness can be easily adjusted, and the unit can be mounted to a flat surface.

The hopper is not as large as some others, but with two people, you can easily have a continuous feed.

People that want a vintage, classic feel should go for this one.

Pros

  • Self-sharpening blades
  • Cast iron body

Cons

  • Small hopper
  • Manual
  • No hopper cap

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#3 Premium Quality Cast Iron Grinder for Wheat Grains

steel tabletop unit with hopper

This homebrew grain grinder is great for grinding any wheat, nut or seed you may need.

It is constructed with a cast iron frame, which makes this mill rust-resistant, durable, and easy to clean. It is also effortless to operate as it can be mounted and utilizes a manual turn.

The manual lever has a hardwood handle that provides excellent hand support and makes it easy to turn over. This way you will be able to turn a lot of wheat, corn, or whatever you throw at it, in a single sitting.

Another important feature is the large aluminum hopper. With this, you can turn a pound of grain per minute.

This grinder also makes it very easy to regulate how coarse or fine your material comes out. All you have to do is adjust a couple of screws located below the hopper.

If it seems you are putting a lot of stress on the grinder, then just adjust the screws until you get your desired results.

Pros

  • Mountable
  • Large hopper
  • Adjustable grinder

Cons

  • Manual
  • Screws can wear out
  • No cover

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#4 Barley Crusher With 15 Lb Capacity Hopper

Large hopper

Due to its consistent quality, hopper volume, and throughput, this tabletop grain grinder is one of the most popular choices for a home brewer.

Consistency in quality comes from the rollers that can be adjusted to produce different grinds.

The rollers are made of steel and are intentionally designed to pull grain through while you turn the crank.

In my opinion, the crank is one of the best features of this mill. This is because it can be operated manually or automatically.

All you have to do is attach an electric drill and then start turning out multiple pounds a minute. This output is supported by a very larger hopper that can hold up to about 15 pounds of content.

Pros

  • Automatic or manual
  • Attachable 5-gallon bucket
  • Very large hopper

Cons

  • Wooden mount
  • Rustable if not properly cleaned
  • High RPMs can cause binding

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#5 Victorio VKP1024 Deluxe Hand Crank Grain Mill

grain crusher

If you are looking for something easy that is going to get your grains turned and aren’t looking to spend too much money, then this brewing grain grinder is a top contender.

It is hand crank operated and utilizes a simple dial to adjust the coarseness of your output.

The hopper holds about 4 cups and makes this a perfect candidate for small batch brewing.

All you have to do is attach this mill to any tabletop with a thick surface between ½ and 2 inches, and you are ready to go.

This is a quality grinder that will last for several years and is an excellent option for easy at home milling.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to mount
  • Perfect for small batches

Cons

  • Manual
  • Plastic hopper
  • Mount limits serviceable locations

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Manual vs. Automatic Grain Mills

Manual-Grain-Mills-vs.-Automatic-Grain-MillsThere isn’t a significant difference in how a manual or automatic motorized mill machine operates. Both are designed to grind most grains, and both can be adjusted to regulate coarseness. However, the most significant difference is the speed at which you can turn your grains.

An automatic grinder has a much faster output and will take you a fraction of the time as a manual mill with the same volume.

For the most part, the difference comes down to how much beer grain you need to turn and how much time you want to spend doing it.


Best Grain Mill for Homebrew: My Vote

Go with the KitchenAid KGM Grain Mill Attachment. This is by far my favorite DIY grain mill machine.

It is the most versatile and mess free. All I do is attach it to my fermenter bucket and let it rip.

It’s been sturdy throughout the years and has never done anything but deliver quick and easy milled grains.

KitchenAid-KGM-Grain-Mill-Attachment

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