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Old 11-12-2012, 05:15 AM   #1
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I was about to pull the trigger on a barley crusher with the Veterans Day sales but I think I am leaning towards Monster Mills. I can get the non S/S option from Midwest for 20% off (cause I am a veteran) or I can order the S/S option through the company but no discount.

I plan to store it in my rubbermaid bin (with some other equipment) in my garage. I don't want rust issues. Should I do the S/S or do you think I am safe with the regular model?

Thanks.

Talking about Veterans Day discounts - any other amazing deals you have heard out there.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:17 AM   #2
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My summers are quite humid and my monster mill lives in the garage with no issues.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:30 AM   #3
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Is yours the S/S upgrade or the regular model? Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:43 AM   #4
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Basic. MM3. Not stainless or hardened.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:47 AM   #5
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Do you have issues with steel rusting when left in the garage? You could use desiccant packs in the bin with the mill to remove any moisture trapped inside it.

I have the MM2-2.0 with the hardened rollers. For me, stainless wasn't worth the cost, since I'm far enough from the coast. I wanted a mill that would [most likely] be around after I'm gone. So, the hardened rollers were a better choice. I also went with the base, hopper and hopper extension on the MM2-2.0 mill. Having the 39# capacity in the hopper was well worth it for me. Especially since pretty much all my grain bills would be more than the standard hopper would hold. If you also have an air compressor, with a water separator on it, you could use that to blow off/out the mill before you put it away.

I'm getting ready to mount the mill onto a microwave cart this week. I have my router here (wood router) so I'll be able to make a nice hole for the mill to dump through. I thought I had an electric motor in my sister's basement, but it's long since gone. I'll just use my cordless drill for now, and get a motor and pulley setup at that point. At least with it mounted to the cart, I'm part way there.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:15 PM   #6
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Same as Goldie. Hardened, no SS with the bin. Leave in the garage and use an air compressor to clean. Love the Monster!! The thing kicks arse and puts my old BC to shame.

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:24 PM   #7
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I have the ss rollers. Likely overkill but this was a once in a lifetime purchase so I went crazy. We do have rust issues in our basement and I didnt want to worry about it.

 
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So with the S/S upgrade, that eliminates the rust issue? The MM guy replied that as long as I regularly use it I should really have a problem. But I don't brew but about every 6-8 weeks. He told me to buy an air compressor but then I might as well just buy the S/S instead. But Midwest will give me 20% off for being a veteran and that is a pretty sweet deal right now - but midwest does not sell the S/S option.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:05 AM   #9
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So with the S/S upgrade, that eliminates the rust issue? The MM guy replied that as long as I regularly use it I should really have a problem. But I don't brew but about every 6-8 weeks. He told me to buy an air compressor but then I might as well just buy the S/S instead. But Midwest will give me 20% off for being a veteran and that is a pretty sweet deal right now - but midwest does not sell the S/S option.
Get it someplace else (direct)... I would get the 2" rollers every time, over the 1.5" rollers that MidWest is selling. Maybe Monster will give a veteran's discount too (ask, what can it hurt?)...

You could also use canned air, like you find in the office supply stores, Home Depot and Lowes, to blow out your mill. There are desiccant packs, and products, that will also take care of moisture in the sealed bin. We used to use them in the boat, and simply bake them once they were full of moisture (to make them ready again). Check out marine supply stores for those.

I would suggest NOT compromising on the mill. If you get the right one, [chances are] you'll never replace it. I know I wish I had done that with my first mill (a BC). Beyond happy with my MM2-2.0...
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:40 AM   #10
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Yeah, but I can't fork out more money for a different drill just to drive a 1/2 inch shaft. I am going to stick with the basic 3/8 in.
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