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jgaepi 12-18-2012 05:38 PM

Adjusting Monster Mill 2.0
 
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So the Monster Mill 2.0, that I waited over 5 weeks to finally receive, came out of adjustment. I am attaching the standard stock photo to help explain my question. So looking at it from this angle, the adjustable roller on the right was not tightened down out of the box and spins freely. The front knob that you see on the right was not tightened down but the knob in the back, that can't be seen, was hand tightened. When I try to tighten this front knob, it does not seem to catch. So I am not sure which direction CW or CCW is used to tighten that knob.

I also need to buy feeler gauges now - yeah, I love buying additional cr@p - just to use an item out of the box. Should I tighten with the gauge in the gap?

The manufacturers inst are pretty pathetic and primarily focus on the 3.0. Clearly that is what they wanted me/you to buy.

Please help so I can get this $180 item to just work ... Thanks.

First impressions thus far - quality/appearance 9/10, while having spoken to customer service a few times to actually get the item they get a 1/10.

Hammy71 12-18-2012 08:17 PM

If you buy the feeler gauges, you'll be able to figure out the knob direction rather easily. To expect the mill to come pre-set is OK, I guess. But most of us have our own preference, so buying the gauges was no big deal or an unexpected purchase. You simply place the desired size gauge in the gap and adjust. You may find you'll also need to either buy bolts instead of the thumb screws (if you contact the MM they will send them to you free if you request them). As far as I'm concerned, you've just purchased the best mill a home brewer can buy for the money.

iandh 12-18-2012 08:20 PM

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I have the same mill. I'm not sure I follow what you are doing, but here is how I would adjust the gap.

A) Loosen the thumb screws (labeled 1 in the picture).

B) Set the gap with the end nobs (labeled 2 in the picture). These rotate 360 degrees so they don't "tighten".

C) Tighten the thumb screws (labeled 1 in the picture).

On a side note, I was have trouble with the gap staying consistent. Over time the gap would grow. I talked to Monster Mill who sent me some hex headed replacement bolts to replace the thumb screws.

cram 12-18-2012 08:26 PM

iandh's directions should get you there so you can use your mill. But note that you can use an old credit card to set the gap without having to buy feeler gauges. The thumb screws will loosen up, so crank those suckers down tight after you get the gap set. And be sure to set the gap so it's consistent on each end (you should be able to "eyeball it" to get pretty close or slide the credit card on one side and then the other and adjust the knobs until you feel the same drag when you slide the card through.

jgaepi 12-18-2012 11:08 PM

iandh,

Interesting. So it is actually the screws labeled 1 that holds it in place. I assumed it was the knobs labeled 2. Then one you can't see is tightened and doesn't spin freely. The knob you can see spins freely. I assumed the reason for the thumb screws labeled 1 was for holding the hopper in place - and that was it. So I am surprised. I bought the feeler gauges so I will have to play around with it tonight. Recommend you share your photo with MM. Their instructions need something like that. Not all of us brewers are engineers.

E-Mursed 12-18-2012 11:28 PM

Much thanks for clearing this up.
I have been double crushing and hitting my numbers spot on.
Will be happy to set my gap precisely and get the same result.

Arrheinous 12-18-2012 11:45 PM

If the screws are coming loose over time could you hit them with a little bit of thread sealer (Loctite)?

outside92129 12-20-2012 05:19 AM

i went and replaced all the thumb screws on my MM with nice big knob screws. If i have a problem mid crush (jams, etc) i don't need to fuss around much to get things right again.

Golddiggie 12-20-2012 05:25 AM

I got hex head retention screws from Fred (the man from Monster) when I couldn't get the thumb screws tight enough. Using a simple socket wrench I was able to get them tight and they've not moved. Mo thread locker was needed for that.

jgaepi, if you're still having issues, reach out to Monster. IME, they'll reply quickly and help you to resolve the issue. I've had very positive experiences with them when needed.

jgaepi 12-20-2012 02:44 PM

Golddiggie, no joke, he has been worthless as help. Told me to get the screws myself. Unmoved that it took 5 weeks for me to receive his product, etc. First time I would give a beer product customer service a 0. I can post my emails with him to prove.


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