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Thatgrimguy
12-10-2015, 08:51 AM
I make a couple of my own rubs. Just basic stuff. But it's heavy with Tellicherry black pepper and a 5 pepper blend that I grind at home. I need a better grinder than the table side one I have been using. (I have hooked it up to a power drill, but I can't get a consistent grind size that way and it's going to ruin my nice tableside grinder)

Can anyone recommend a good pepper grinder for mass grinding?

Jason TQ
12-10-2015, 08:58 AM
For bigger jobs I use my spice grinder. Though for I've been buying the medium coarse ground pepper at restaurant depot for my larger jobs recently. I know it isn't exactly the same as fresh, but I really like it.

daninnewjersey
12-10-2015, 09:00 AM
How about a food processor? Those things can rip apart and grind to a pulp just about anything....

Thatgrimguy
12-10-2015, 09:12 AM
Granule size is very important in rub making. Electric coffee grinder is of no use. I need some consistency in size to make the rub work properly. I have tried and you end with massive settling and can never get the rub to stay mixed. Thanks for the suggestions though.

hammb
12-10-2015, 09:21 AM
Granule size is very important in rub making. Electric coffee grinder is of no use. I need some consistency in size to make the rub work properly. I have tried and you end with massive settling and can never get the rub to stay mixed. Thanks for the suggestions though.

I have never tried this, but have you tried a burr style coffee grinder? The type that have various size settings? I use one to grind my coffee every morning and it has different settings for espresso (fine grind), drip, french press (coarse), and a lot of different settings in between these options.

I've never tried it with pepper or other spices, and obviously I'd not use the same one I use for coffee, but it might be worth looking into.

cholloway
12-10-2015, 09:23 AM
American ingenuity...

Pepper Drill - YouTube

KevinJ
12-10-2015, 09:26 AM
Coffee Hand Grinder should work and you can adjust it to get the grind you want. I use one to grind fresh coffee for the French Press.
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or this Pepper Mill
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Thatgrimguy
12-10-2015, 09:34 AM
I think a hand crank burr grinder will be perfect. I'm only grinding a 1/4lb - 1/2lb of pepper at a time to make my rub.

robinfresno
12-10-2015, 09:35 AM
you can look at screen printing metal screens; you can get them in different micron sizes; I'm sure one might work for sifting the fines out of ground pepper. I know some rubs call for a specific grind of pepper; 16 mesh grind or something like that... you can look for a size #16 mesh screen... or you can look for preground #16 mesh pepper although I know the flavor changes once it sits after it's been ground

Thatgrimguy
12-10-2015, 09:39 AM
you can look at screen printing metal screens; you can get them in different micron sizes; I'm sure one might work for sifting the fines out of ground pepper. I know some rubs call for a specific grind of pepper; 16 mesh grind or something like that... you can look for a size #16 mesh screen... or you can look for preground #16 mesh pepper although I know the flavor changes once it sits after it's been ground

I'm doing this now. But I get lots of waste with the method of grinding I have been using (not really waste as I throw it in a shaker and use it like table pepper)


The flavor mellows out after grinding. I actually like the mellow flavor better. I make my rub fresh every couple months and vac seal it in 4 oz portions so it stays pretty darn fresh. It's mostly a SPOG that I make, nothing special.

Thatgrimguy
12-10-2015, 09:53 AM
I'm thinking I may go with this.

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LYU370
12-10-2015, 10:17 AM
Get a burr coffee grinder.

krex1010
12-10-2015, 11:02 AM
American ingenuity...

Pepper Drill - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqadY4DUZVQ)

I do this all the time and it works great

landarc
12-10-2015, 12:37 PM
I use an electric burr grinder for coffee, much like the unit pictured above, it works great for black pepper. Make sure it has removable burrs for cleaning, and never run salt into it, it tears up the burrs. In truth, I no longer use any of my pepper mills, as the burr grinder is so much more precise and faster.

DLR
12-10-2015, 12:43 PM
I'm thinking I may go with this.

Amazon.com: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DBM-8-Supreme-Grind-Automatic/dp/B00018RRRK)


I have one like that but I haven't tried it with peppers yet just coffee, grinds any where from course to almost flour consistency, for peppers I've just been using a blade style coffee grinder

creekwalker
12-12-2015, 02:46 AM
Here is one person's directions for making an Alton Brown style power grinder

http://www.instructables.com/id/Automatic-Pepper-Grinder/#step1

Thatgrimguy
12-12-2015, 09:58 AM
Here is one person's directions for making an Alton Brown style power grinder

http://www.instructables.com/id/Automatic-Pepper-Grinder/#step1

I have done that. As stated in the OP. But it doesn't allow for consistent grind size.

mahenryak
12-12-2015, 01:59 PM
As far as burr grinders go, I am very happy with mine. The 565 has the stainless steel outer shell so it's good and heavy and therefore doesn't 'walk' on the counter top. It may be more than you want to spend, however.

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Edit: I should say that I just use mine for grinding coffee.

effinUker
12-12-2015, 05:28 PM
I'm thinking I may go with this.

Amazon.com: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DBM-8-Supreme-Grind-Automatic/dp/B00018RRRK)

I have this exact grinder. I use it daily for my coffee. Nowadays it's usually only 2 pots a day, but back when I got it, I was making sometimes up to 5 pots a day. It works like a champ for coffee, I'm sure it would do a great job for you.

creekwalker
12-12-2015, 10:11 PM
I have done that. As stated in the OP. But it doesn't allow for consistent grind size.

So you did--don't know why I wasn't paying attention. So you find the grind is only inconsistent when your grinder is hooked up to the power drill?

Thatgrimguy
01-07-2016, 10:45 AM
So you did--don't know why I wasn't paying attention. So you find the grind is only inconsistent when your grinder is hooked up to the power drill?

Yes, my grinder works by using a nut a the top that controls grind size. without the nut I was depeneding on how I held the rig and i could not get it consistent.


I did end up finding a great solution. I have a kitchenaid flour mill. I am now using that and getting perfect grind and can do way more pepper than I need at a time.

thull
01-07-2016, 04:19 PM
I have an old Frugal Gourmet mill (think Turkish coffee grinder) that I chucked into the drill when the handle broke. Have no idea about consistency, and I also worried about ending up with metal shavings in the pepper if I overdid it. I ended up getting a second off Ebay just for the handle. Now my other one (Pepper Mill Imports) also has a broken handle. I need to learn to braze.

The burr grinder idea is a great one. I'd think if you really graduated to bulk production, you could get a Crankandstein.

revkab
01-07-2016, 08:07 PM
The best hand-cranked I've ever used. Adjustable, reliable, and fast.
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yakdung
01-07-2016, 08:12 PM
I use one of these to make my rubs in large batches:

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bking
01-11-2016, 03:26 PM
im huge pepper guy. must always be fresh ground, and i've owned about every highly recommended mill made, from wood, to pewter to brass, and the hand held electric mills. This is what you want if you like pepper and want it ground fast (40 lbs of country potatoes etc):
unicorn pepper mill magnum
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i have several and have given as gifts to folks who cook.

larger amounts yes, spice grinder.

shicken
01-12-2016, 12:16 AM
I've been using a grain mill.

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Leftwngr
01-12-2016, 01:22 AM
This bad boy looks like fun http://www.webstaurantstore.com/waring-wsg60-3-cup-commercial-spice-grinder-120v/929WSG60.html

ironmanerik
01-12-2016, 07:11 PM
I see you found a solution, just wanted to show you this. It's functional and looks cool on the shelf.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3272491&postcount=14