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Old 07-04-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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This morning I went down to start crushing grains to find that my corona style mill was broken. After a short talk with SWMBO, it apparently fell over off the bench it was on when she was putting empty bottles on the same bench.

Needless to say, she feels terrible and wants to buy me a new one. I never really like the corona mill, and I keep hearing about the barley crusher. After looking it up, I almost pulled the trigger on the 15lb capacity one a few minutes ago.

I would like to know what other mills I should consider, if any, and why you like them. If I'm going to spend $150, I better get it right the first time here..

In the mean time, I decided to brew up and extract IPA, and use a coffee grinder for a half pound of crystal to steep.

As always, thanks for any input or feedback. This forum is as much help to a new brewer as any other book or reference!


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Old 07-04-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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I think it's kind of a loaded question...you're just going to get a bunch of subjective answers. So here's mine

I went with the CrankAndStein 2D. I was looking for a bare bones mill because I like to go the custom route on my builds. It's been working awesome and I recommend their mills. That said, as long as the rollers are machined well (true) I don't think you can go wrong with any of them (CrankAndStein, Monster Mill, Barley Crusher, MaltMill, and so on).

Some mills tend to be more bare bones and some are pretty much ready to go out of the box...just depends what you want to do.


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I love my Monster Mill MM2-2.0. Two inch diameter, six inch long rollers beats most (far better than a BC, which was my first mill). Even the standard MM2 has 1.5" diameter rollers. I went with the hopper and extension giving me a 39# hopper capacity.

There are llenty of threads discussing the different mill options. You might want to wade through them.
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I went with the 3-roller monster mill. Standard size and material rollers. I didn't see the hardened rollers as an advantage. I doubt I will ever crush enough grain for that to be a need. If you are going to wet mill then stainless rollers are a good idea. I don't know if it makes that much of a difference in crush to go with 3 rollers over 2. It looks cool though. I think it runs slightly quicker than a 2 roller. If you are doing high gravity 10 gallon batches then the larger diameter rollers would get you more throughput to get your grain milled in a more reasonable amount of time.

I used MMs base and hopper and went from there.
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Rebel brewer has a great one. Everything you need out of the box and cheaper than if you compare the same options from other brands.
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Rebel brewer has a great one. Everything you need out of the box and cheaper than if you compare the same options from other brands.
i'll be going with this one once i have the scratch for it
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I vote Monster Mill MM2 (I didn't get the 2" rollers but I did go with the stainless upgrade, probably not really necessary but I store mine in the garage and thought I'd be safe). It's the only mill I've ever used but I did a TON of research and thought for the money it was the best value. I went with their base and hopper as well. The Rebel Brewer mill looks nice too; however, that wasn't available when I purchased my mill - would definitely be worth a look though.
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Thanks, it appears the Rebel is a good consideration, along with the monster. I guess I need to decide if I need a 3rd roller or not..
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I was looking in the same price range and went for the Monster Mill 2. It's about $175 shipped direct from Monster with the base and standard hopper. At 1.5" x 6", the rollers are larger than most competitors, hardened steel, and it's well built. Works great. I had considered the JSP MaltMill but their website sucks and seriously lacks info. Not a huge deal but I also didn't want to rig up a hopper.


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