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Old 01-04-2012, 02:02 AM   #1
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So I'm looking to buy a mill in the next few months and I'm wondering what is the best one to buy. I'm looking for a two roller mill that I'll be motorizing. So far the Crankenstein 2A looks like the best one. It is fully adjustable and looks to have a gear between the rollers so they roll at the same rate and prevent shearing.

What is your favorite mill and why?



 
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:51 AM   #2
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Well it's not the Barley Crusher. Mine is worn out. I've only brewed about 1000 gallons with it. I want a MM3.


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Old 01-04-2012, 04:58 AM   #4
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IMO, Monster Brewing Hardware makes ass-kicking mills. I have the MM2-2.0 and can't imagine using anything less. It wasn't cheap, but I feel I got a bargain anyway. With the hardened rollers option, I have confidence it will outlast the C&S (unhardened) rollers by a healthy margin. I went with the 2" rollers so that the crush would be better. IMO, the only thing that could beat/best my mill is the MM3-2.0 model.

I also ordered their base, hopper and hopper extension all at the same time. The monster holds up to 39 POUNDS of grain in the hopper (as I have it) at a time. Plus, it has a 1/2" shaft for a drill to connect to (or motor). My 18v DeWalt cordless goes to it without issue.

Something else, customer support/service from Monster is top notch in my experience. That's another reason I'd buy from them again, or can so readily recommend them. Plus, Fred is a member of these boards, so he takes care of HBT members (or at least it feels that way). You can email/PM him questions and he'll advise you as to which model, and options, will do the job for you. I did that before making my purchase. I went over the top a bit, but I have the confidence in the mill that it will be going strong when I'm taking a dirt nap.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:59 AM   #5

I can't say it's my favorite - it's the only mill I've had, so I can't compare - but I like my Malt Mill, because it's solidly built and has worked without any fuss or muss since I bought it three years ago.

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:06 AM   #6
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I can't say it's my favorite - it's the only mill I've had, so I can't compare - but I like my Malt Mill, because it's solidly built and has worked without any fuss or muss since I bought it three years ago.
As usual, I'll agree with paps. I have a JSP MaltMill too. It was an old one that my LHBS used for years (they sold it to me cheap when they went big). It still works perfectly. Never had to fuss with it all all.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:09 AM   #7
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I had a Barley Crusher before and the MM2-2.0 makes that one seem like a toy. It also dwarfs my brew-buddy's C&S (1.25" rollers I believe, 5" long, 3/8" drive shaft) mill.

If you don't want to spend the funds to get one mill that will last forever, that's fine. I would just be prepared to (at some point) to replace it. The BC was ok for me (only a scant 7# hopper) for several batches. I grew tired of refilling it. I'd have to refill even their larger hopper (15#) for most of my batches.

BTW, the hopper from Monster is thich sheet metal, that's got precise holes (via a freakin laser I believe) that you could probably beat someone to death with. Of course, the mill could cave in a car windshield with a single toss too. It's hefty...
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:39 PM   #8
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Any feedback on the Rebel Brewer mill? I've been considering that one but it's been out of stock for a while. The Monster Mills look real nice but I don't want to spend more than $200.

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:47 PM   #9
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A few people have the rebel mill and have reported on it in a thread in the vendor section. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f41/all-...65/index8.html

Mine is being delivered today, I'll let you know my thoughts once I get it.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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+ to the MaltMills



 
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