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Old 12-28-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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So I'm looking at dropping the money and purchasing a nice grain mill so I can buy in bulk and have more freedom regarding when I brew. Monster Mill, Cereal Killer, or Grain Crusher come up frequently as good choices. My question is not about the merits of each, but rather are those of you who bought your own grain mill satisfied with your purchase? Was it worth the money?

I just figured I'd check to see if it's worth the investment, given that this single piece of equipment is worth more than my entire brewing set-up combined.

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Old 12-28-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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All i can tell ya is it worth it.. You'll be happy with any of the ones you mentioned. All depends on $$
I have a crankandstein 2A mill + hopper , love it.. Ive set it tight get 73% average eff...



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Old 12-28-2012, 11:35 PM   #3
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Yes, well worth the investment. The ability to have grains in storage and just brew on a whim is a beautiful thing.

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$120 for barley crusher.
$38 for a bag if 2 row unmilled.
$75 for 50# crushed 2 row.
Savings $37 in about 4-5 batches.

4 bags of grain and it pays for itself.

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yes, well worth the investment. The ability to have grains in storage and just brew on a whim is a beautiful thing.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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Barley crusher for me from Midwest

Got it while working on partial mash bc LBHS doesn't crush. Some sort of issue with carpeting...

I'm very happy with it. Ran my first all grain yesterday and hi t 80% efficiency batch sparking in a rectangular cooler with a bazooka screen.

Best features of having own mill are
Fresh crushed grains on brew day even if brew day gets last min reschedule
OK to condition grains (used kaiser's 2% water formula)
Buy in bulk

One problem...
Need a better drill. My 18V cordless drill driver is not up to the task. Will be heading to harbor freight soon, developing Popeye right arm in meantime. Conditioning grain helped a bit but still wiped my battery out before I got 3 pounds crushed.

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Yes you need a low speed high torque drill for $50. Or do it by hand which sucks

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I have the Barley Crusher and am very pleased with it. The plus side to milling your own grains aside from those already mentioned is the fact you have complete control over your crush and can maintain that consistency throughout your brewing. No more up and down guessing on how your efficiency plays out!

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Barley Crusher. I'm very happy with it.

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Started with the BC, but with the small diameter, shorter rollers, and small hopper (7# is all I could get at the time) it soon became clear it wasn't the one for me. So, I sold it and got the Monster Mill MM2-2.0 with the base, hopper and hopper extension. I also opted to get the hardened steel rollers (I'm not in a humid area, so stainless wasn't worth it). With the 39# hopper it lets me fill once and mill until I'm done. Most of my batches use at least 14# of grain, with a lot over 15#, so even the large hopper BC would need to be refilled at least once. With the 2" diameter rollers, the crush is great. Plus, they're 6" long, which is far better than the shorter ones in the BC (and some other mills).

I've since removed it from the base and installed it onto a cart (old microwave cart, that I routed out a hole in for the grain to pass through).

IMO, the MM2-2.0 is a great mill for the majority. Sure, it's overkill for a good number of people, but it will last for a long time. Especially if you get the hardened rollers (the stainless ones are softer). Having the high capacity hopper helps out a lot too. Especially if you either make larger batches, or higher OG brews. I put 30# into mine for my big barleywine batch and it went through it without issue.



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