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Old 06-07-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Default Monster Mill using hand crank?

Has anyone used the Monster Mill MM-3 with the hand crank?

How long does it take for an average 5 gallon batch, say 12 lbs. of grain?

Is it difficult to crank by hand?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-07-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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Can't speak for the Monster. But with the Barley Crusher...I did one pound to 'clean' the rollers with the crank and immediately hooked up the cordless drill.

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Old 06-07-2011, 11:47 PM   #3
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My drill works pretty hard to turn my MM-3, no way I would want to crank it. You can get a Harbor Freight 1/2" slow speed drill for less than $40.

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I'm kind of surprised they'd sell the hand cranks at all if it was that difficult.

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Old 06-08-2011, 01:12 AM   #5
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I'm not sure it possible; I had to buy a 1/4, high torque drill for mine.

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Use a drill. It's pretty rough after a while. All that extra sweat on your grains will throw your water ions off :-)

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I decided to get the 1/2" Harbor Freight Low Speed Drill.

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That's what I have, works great!
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+2. I've used it a ton and it's a beast.
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Hey, just a heads up, you might want to get the handle just in case your drill craps out mid-mill session. I had that happen and luckily my handle was there for a nice backup. I could have used other things but having a proper handle was nice.

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