National Homebrewers Conference club night and hospitality suite information

AABG is planning to participate in both Club Night and the Hospitality Suite at the National Homebrew Conference. Crispy has confirmed a reservation for Club Night as well as the Hospitality Suite for a shift (we won’t know the actual time slot until closer to the event) for the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, as well as the F.O.R.D. club.

Here is a letter from the organizers about both events. Continue reading National Homebrewers Conference club night and hospitality suite information

March 2008 meeting

Please note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend AABG meetings.

The March meeting will be hosted by Mike O’Brien at the Ypsilanti Brewing Co. shop, on Friday, March 14, starting at 7:30.

Read more about the meeting online, including an interactive map to the location, or download the newsletter, which contains information about the meeting and features Porter, the style of the month.

Malt Mill motorized

Steve Darnell writes:

Over the weekend my son and I put together a motorized
malt mill. I’d been planning it since Jim Suchy gave me
a washing machine motor just before he left. The parts we
purchased cost less than $25 and it took about four hours
to make, with Ben’s help.

The motor is 1,729 rpms and we adjusted it with two sheaves
at 1.5″ and 8″ down to 324 rpm and attached it to my Schmidling
mill. It grinds a pound of grain in 6 seconds.

Im looking forward to brewing this week.

Darnell’s maltmill (1) <Darnells maltmill (2)

Dan Jeska replied with a couple of photos: Steve, that looks very similar to the mill I have. I used an 1800 rpm
utility motor reduced down via the sheaves you mentioned to around 300
rpm. I have never heard of those wheels or pulleys referred to as
“sheaves”. You will be now be able to use your arm strength for
lifting fermenters instead of crushing grain!

The attached photos show my old creaky grain mill, as well as the
“Mother of All Grain Mills” built by my friend Steve Higdon.
Dans grain mill Higdons mill