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.
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.
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.
I'm kind of surprised they'd sell the hand cranks at all if it was that difficult.
I'm not sure it possible; I had to buy a 1/4, high torque drill for mine.
Use a drill. It's pretty rough after a while. All that extra sweat on your grains will throw your water ions off :-)
I decided to get the 1/2" Harbor Freight Low Speed Drill.
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.