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Old 01-15-2012, 04:02 PM   #11
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Barley Crusher, Drill, No problem!!


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Old 01-16-2012, 10:23 PM   #12
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My barley crusher will no longer work with my drill. Most likely it's due to my drill but the end is so coned from the drill slipping that I can now only use it with the hand crank attached. No fun when crushing 35 pounds of grain.

I am looking into buying Crankandstein's 3D.

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Old 01-21-2012, 06:28 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for chiming in.

I ended up going with a Monster Mill MM2. Since I have the skills and materials to make my own base/hopper, it came out the same as the BC. I also decided against the BC after my LHBS owner told me he's been waiting for his warranty repair for 2+ months and the BC guy isn't responding to a single email request for an update. Doesn't sound like that warranty works out so well after all.

That same LHBS has an MM2-2 in stock for a competitive price, but still more than I wanted to spend. On top of that, he and another LHBS just replaced their BCs with MM3s. I know it's a bit circumstantial, but that's really what made the difference in my mind. That, and I didn't get a good vibe from the C&S website when he was obviously calling a specific person names. It's jerky unprofessional - not something I wanted to support. I'm sure a lot of people don't care about that, but it matters to me.

So, for me, all signs pointed to MM.

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Old 01-21-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
Mar 2011
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Sorry to hear all that about the BC, sounds like $ troubles for them.

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Old 01-21-2012, 07:07 PM   #15
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I simply love my MM2-2.0 mill. I got it with the hardened steel rollers and I could probably run a person through it without issue. I opted to order mine (direct from Monster) with the base, hopper and hopper extension. All extremely well designed and constructed. I did have an issue with one of the frame ends, but Fred (the man from Monster) was very quick to respond to my request for assistance and sent out the replacement part without issue. I requested hex screws/bolts to replace the thumb screws (to hold the gap adjustment) and those are working above board.

I originally had a Barley Crusher mill, but the 7# hopper was too F'ing small for my batches (had to refill it more than a couple of times per batch). Plus the small diameter, and shorter, rollers make it look like a toy compared with the Monster mill. Even my brew-buddy's C&S mill looks small next to the monster.

I would get this mill again in a heartbeat. Especially with the top notch support from Monster. BTW, I emailed Fred on a Sunday, and he replied within a couple of hours. I was expecting to hear back a few business days later. They're also quick to ship out orders, since they have a good amount of parts in inventory. IMO, they're doing a lot of things right. The customer service pretty much set me as a customer for life with them.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:06 PM   #16
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I ordered a MM-2.0

For me, it was the 2" rollers (versus 1.5) and the ability to adjust them for things like corn.
Getting back into brewing...

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Old 01-21-2012, 08:13 PM   #17
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MM2, took me a couple brews to get the crush dialed in correctly, now its great.

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:48 PM   #18
Dec 2011
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It appears that the Monster Mill is the only one that is actually made in the U.S.A. Is this true?

The MM looks and sounds bombproof. What about warranty issues? Any flaws or recommendations on upgrades?


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Old 03-27-2012, 07:29 PM   #19
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After much research I ended up with a Monster Mill MM2SS and couldn't be happier. I opted for the stainless steel rollers just as a precaution against rust since I store mine in the garage and only brew 6 or 8 times a year. I hook it up to my drill motor and go through 20+ lbs of malt in a couple of minutes. Super easy to adjust the gap too (for wheat and/or rye beers). I would purchase the same thing again if I had it to do over.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:30 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by mistercameron View Post
Would any of you buy the same mill again?
I would buy the MM3 again in a second, although I would get the upgraded shaft to give a sturdier shaft for motorization. Bit different price range though from what you are shopping.
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