It leaves some of the peppercorns VERY coarse and others not, so it works well.
I'm wondering if a coffee grinder would work. Thoughts? I'd love to hear them!
ROFLOL, I am 5' and will be 82 September 14, by the time I keep hitting until it is coarse, my arm will give out. I usually use my coffee grinder attachment to my Nutone Food Center if I want to make a batch. I decided two weeks I wanted to use my BIG wooden pepper grinder. I know I used to get a coarse grind instead of the fine one that currently keeps coming out of the grinder. Thanks for your reply.
I have dedicated grinders for coffee and spices. One morning the coffee grinder kissed the turf, I cleaned up the spice grinder and used it. Not the best coffee I've ever made.
A cool and simple way to clean a spice grinder is to throw in some raw rice. Blitz it. Dump it. Wipe out.
With most pepper grinders the more you tighten the top down the finer the grind.
It pulls the grinding plates closer together.
Keep the top lose for a course grind.
Add pepper corns to mill.
Screw top nut down until just touching.
If you want a finer grind tighten bit by bit.
If not course enough then loosen and test again.
If that isn't course enough then use the crushing methods suggested by others.