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Old 01-27-2013, 05:04 PM   #51
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Missed my point here. I mean that I think I could buy a 50# sack, take it home to store it, then take back a few lbs here and there to have them mill it right before brew day. Maybe. That would prevent storage of crushed grains.
If you have a cool LHBS they might let you. I think it would be reasonable if you bought the sack from them and only brought it back to mill if you were also buying specialty grains to mill at the same time.


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Precisely. They only sell specialty grains by the 50# sack and per #. No 5/8/10# bags. And I won't go through more than say, 10# of any particular one in a year as far as I can tell.



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Old 01-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #53
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What price do you get on 10 lb sacks of specialty grains... And from where?

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Brewing and on my cell phone, but I seem to recall NB selling 10# sacks at a lesser discount, which varies widely grain to grain.

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In choosing a mill, I had a couple of priorities

Price - I was willing to spend around $150, but I did not want to spend too much more.
Adjustability -- I wanted a mill that I could adjust both ends to achieve a uniform gap
Hopper size -- I wanted something that would hold a decent amount of grain

Price requirement eliminated the Monster Mill. Hopper size and full adjustability eliminated the JSP Mill.

Having said that, I purchased Barley Crusher. Because you are not interested in this model, I would recommend the Cereal Crusher from Adventures in Homebrewing or the mill from Rebel Brewer.

Best of luck on your search.

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I was in the same boat a couple of months ago. Decided on the Monster Mill MM2 2.0 since the larger diameter rollers made logical sense to me in terms of crush quality. I use a big old 1/2 drill to power it. For $170 (twenty bucks more than your limit of $150 I would take a serious look at it) I thought it was the best value for long term use and consistency. I like having both sides adjustable, and it is a beast. Heavy! Knurls are quite aggressive and would take years to start wearing. I went with the standard alloy since my mill will stay in my basement away from the elements. I really wanted something that would last 10+ years and retain its value if I somehow decide to sell it. The crush quality is fantastic! I am getting high 70's to 80% with intact hulls and gap set to .040
I have a MM2 and love it. This thing will last a really long time! It came with a base and hopper. I don't remember the price now its been a while since I bought it. But, I never look back now. The crush is amazing and the beers I make now seem to be better than when I had the LHBS do the crush.
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If you have a cool LHBS they might let you. I think it would be reasonable if you bought the sack from them and only brought it back to mill if you were also buying specialty grains to mill at the same time.
We live in the Dallas Area and we buy our grain from Homebrew Headquaters. We buy our base malt in full bags and only mill what we need and take the rest back to our brewery in food grade plastic buckets. We get a discount for buying the whole bag. The next time we brew, we take our grain and get any specialty grain and Liquid Yeast and mill it then. I like to have "fresh" grain that is probably better stored (living a pipe dream) than I can. Of course, it always from the "last?" harvest.
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Ok, well. I splurged. I did the math and I could barely make the hopper for $30 myself. Why waste a whole day to save $10?

I went with the MM2-2.0 for $177. And the stainless upgrade and 1/2" shaft upgrade for $80 (ouch!). And the base/hopper for $40.

With shipping, it came out to more a bit more than I'd liked to have spent. I just really don't want to have to re-upgrade equipment for a very long time, and I think this one could last a lifetime.

Thanks for the advice, all. I couldn't follow everybody's at the same time, but it did help me a lot in choosing. And hopefully this thread will be found in the future so it won't have to be re-created.

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Well done!!

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Just bought a MM3 with 1.5 rollers and half inch drive spline. I will give it a try this Saturday and reply back on my findings. I have heard that some people have issues with jams and am hoping that is not the case.



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