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Old 11-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #1
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I am going to spoil myself and splurge for a Monster Mill 3-2.0 (http://www.monsterbrewinghardware.com/mm-320.html)

Should I get the standard rollers, hardened rollers, or stainless?

I am leaning toward standard. I brew 20 gallons once a month, typically working with 2-10 gallons batches and 30#s of grain per batch.

I want this mill so I can get a consistent crush and to have predictable efficiency. I can keep it in a dry place when it is not in use.

My thought is that I don't need to worry about rust. With the small amount I am crushing per year that the hardened rollers won't make a difference.

Does anyone disagree with that?

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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I've had mine with the standard rollers for 2 years now. And I have a similar brewing schedule to you. I wouldn't worry about it.

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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While there is a bigger wow factor with a 3-roll mill, I'm not sure that its worth the cost or hassle. My LHBS has a 3 roll Crankenstein and it seems to be nothing but trouble.

Moving to the large roller size is wise, but introducing the extra complexity might end up causing hair loss. A friend of mine has the MM-2 2.0 and it has served him well.

Just a thought.
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IMO, the stainless is not needed for where you are. With the amount you're brewing, I'd go with the hardened rollers. I actually went with those on my MM2-2.0 mill.

If you want to check out my MM2-2.0 in person, let me know. Auburn to Nashua isn't all that bad a shot (38-48 minutes).
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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IMO, the stainless is not needed for where you are. With the amount you're brewing, I'd go with the hardened rollers. I actually went with those on my MM2-2.0 mill.

If you want to check out my MM2-2.0 in person, let me know. Auburn to Nashua isn't all that bad a shot (38-48 minutes).
Thanks for the offer! I may take you up in that. It would great to connect with a local brewer.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:42 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by mabrungard
While there is a bigger wow factor with a 3-roll mill, I'm not sure that its worth the cost or hassle. My LHBS has a 3 roll Crankenstein and it seems to be nothing but trouble.

Moving to the large roller size is wise, but introducing the extra complexity might end up causing hair loss. A friend of mine has the MM-2 2.0 and it has served him well.

Just a thought.
Good feedback. LHBS seem to have a lot of issues with all mills due volume as well.

I will definitely give the 2 roller consideration.
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Thanks for the offer! I may take you up in that. It would great to connect with a local brewer.
I also have the base, hopper and hopper extension on the mill (all from Monster)... My next brew day is projected at the 17th.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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The MM2 will be easier to adjust. Not sure how often that will matter.
The MM3 is not only more involved to adjust, but it requires a precise adjustment. If the MM3's rollers are not perfectly aligned, it may suffer from binding. That said, your rollers need to be well aligned on any mill for the highest quality crush.

The MM3 will also require much more torque than the 2 roller, especially if you want to condition your malt or run a lot of wheat. This will play a factor in drill used or how you motorized it. I doubt you would ever need to condition your malt on the 3 roller fwiw.

Crush quality: the MM3 produces a gorgeous crush with fantastic husk integrity. Probably not significantly better than the mm2 2.0.

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #9
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My MM3 provides a great crush at normal speeds. I haven't tried running it really fast to see what it would do. I did turn my drill down to just above stalling Friday night. I should have taken a picture of the crushed grain. It was like the whole kernels popped out one side and left clamshell shaped husks. Had I bought it I would have went on up to the 2" hardened rollers, but it was my wife's parents that bought it for me. I wasn't gonna try to push my luck. I haven't had any trouble with rollers binding. I am a diesel mechanic and know my way around a set of feeler gauges though.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:21 PM   #10
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Does anyone know of any good coupon code out there for Monster Mills or online stores that sell them? Feel free to PM me if you wish.
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