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Old 01-24-2013, 11:51 PM   #21
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I'm curious where you're finding the JSP for $85.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:54 PM   #22
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Very happy Monster MM2 owner here. Yes, definite get the 1/2" drive shaft/shank! The 1/2" shaft is better in that it's larger, and less likely to bend if the mill got knocked over (or drill weight pulls it over) or sheared off (maybe not likely) if you hit a rock in your grains. So, If your drill has a 1/2" chuck, I highly recommend it.

PS. the optional Base & Hopper is very nice! Well, specifically the hopper and it holds 11 lbs grains, extra extension ($) takes it up to 38 or so!

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My cordless drill takes 1/2", but the two ****ty corded drills I've been unsuccessful trying to burn out for the last year (so I can replace them with better ones) only take 3/8". I'll probably just buy a set screw type 1/2-to-3/8 adapter.
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I have run about 200# of grain through my AIH Cereal Killer in the last year. I have it adjusted so I get 80% eff. and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm sure any of the mills you are looking at will be fine. It's more of a price point issue for most of us IMO.
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I love the rebel mill I've had for the last year. 100% satisfied. I had a schmidling maltmill about 10 years ago that had a ridiculously tiny "hopper" made of particleboard. I think it held like 2#. Both crushed just fine but the rebel mill is much nicer to use.

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I've got a JSP MaltMill, no gearing, adjustable on one side. I've used it for 3 years, never an issue. It's one of the few parts of my brewing system that I've never considered upgrading. I got mine used from my LHBS; it was their only mill for a while, so it got used a LOT. That should be a testament to its durability.

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I love the rebel mill I've had for the last year. 100% satisfied. I had a schmidling maltmill about 10 years ago that had a ridiculously tiny "hopper" made of particleboard. I think it held like 2#. Both crushed just fine but the rebel mill is much nicer to use.
I would be making the hopper on whatever model I choose. Thanks for the input on the JSP hopper though. I'll check out the Rebel Mill. Haven't given it much more than a passing glance up until now.

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I've got a JSP MaltMill, no gearing, adjustable on one side. I've used it for 3 years, never an issue. It's one of the few parts of my brewing system that I've never considered upgrading. I got mine used from my LHBS; it was their only mill for a while, so it got used a LOT. That should be a testament to its durability.
Good to hear. I think the lack of a stainless option leaves it out in the cold, though. I need to be able to store outdoors, and I'd hate to pull it out to use it and find it rusty.
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Good to hear. I think the lack of a stainless option leaves it out in the cold, though. I need to be able to store outdoors, and I'd hate to pull it out to use it and find it rusty.
Right, you do not want to store it outside. I did this once and the shaft that my drill goes onto started to rust.
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Looks like the Rebel Mill is not currently in production and stock is depleted.

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The most expensive tool you'll ever buy is the one you keep replacing.
After running the four sacks of grain through it, I've already paid for this "cheap" mill versus buying it by the pound and milling it at the LHBS. I agree with your statement, but very few of us can justify buying high end right off the bat. I imagine I will "upgrade" at some point, but for now I'm still money ahead.
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I have a Monster Mill MM2 and it is great. The hopper and extension hold a lot of grain. I don't see replacing it for a long time. If I did need to, I would also take a look at Austin Homebrew's new DIY mill:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f41/what...t-mill-373777/
Very similar to the MM2 but 1.25" rollers instead of 1.5". Comes with a hand crank so you can use it without a drill if something goes wrong mid grind.

$100 until the end of January is a great deal. At regular price of $130, I don't know. Shipping from Austin Homebrew is also cheaper than other places. Good luck with your decision.

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