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Old 01-29-2013, 02:38 PM   #61
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Just bought a MM3 with 1.5 rollers and half inch drive spline. I will give it a try this Saturday and reply back on my findings. I have heard that some people have issues with jams and am hoping that is not the case.
Mine runs great. Get the side plates square and adjust the rollers even on both sides.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:59 AM   #63
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Awesome thread. I've going through this same "struggle" too. (First world problem, I know I know.). But thanks to all for posting. Please do let us know how you like your new purchases.

 
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:01 AM   #64
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Assembled my Monster Mills MM2-2.0. Yeah, the name's fairly accurate.

I'm very impressed by the solid rollers. That seems like it'll make a difference in maintaining smooth forward momentum of the shafted roller. I think the stainless upgrade was probably worth it.

The hopper is thick and the base is sufficient. My only complaint is that the hopper is galvanized, not stainless. Haven't used it yet, but will post more impressions once I mill this coming weekend.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:14 AM   #65
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Totally love the performance of my mill. Only had to make one run through and hit my target OG exactly. I highly recommend getting a monster mill.

 
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:25 AM   #66
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buying a mill is 90% want and 10% need. IMHO
like buying handtools. snap-on is pretty & sleek , mac, cornwell , S-K , even sears all will get the job done but snap-on and other big names make the speciality tools that help get the job done easier/faster.

it's all about preference and perception.
i had a corona mill and it would've served me well i'm sure from all reports i have read but i jumped and bought an $89.00 AIHB roller B.C. clone which was a little more than twice the cost of the corona. the AIHB mill has served me well but the point is the corona would have too.

i do BIAB and the crush isn't as critical as with fly sparge brewing.

match your mill to your brew style and save money or just say F....it and buy what you like/want/or supports your self-esteem....either way just enjoy making yer brew!

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:42 AM   #67
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buying a mill is 90% want and 10% need.
Not for me. Driving an hour to get my grains is not something I want to do for a brewday. If I had to order kits or drive somewhere to get the grains, I'd probably not be brewing anymore. Keeping all the grains here at my house, unmilled until I decide what I want to make, that's how I need it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:08 AM   #68
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Same for me. Three batches crushing partial mash grains with a rolling pin, then hitting them with cast iron frying pan, finally throwing in towel and dumping into food processor...a functional mill was a need.

Could have gone Corona but even my LHBS that sells corona recommended roller mill if I planned to go all grain.

Almost pulled trigger on monster, am sure if I had I'd be happy to sing its praises...but in the end went with the mostly happy Barley crusher crowd. Liking it so far at about 100 lbs crushed. If it gets me to 1,000 lbs crushed I'll be more than satisfied.

I don't think you will regret getting a mill. Pick something that makes sense to your wallet and have fun.

Oh do make sure you have $ left to get a proper drill to run it. Man it is fun crushing a big beer in a few minutes, and not much fun having your drill fail and having to crush by hand.

 
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If my mill failed within the first 1000#, I'd be pissed.

I'm "amortizing" my mill on a 10 year flat-line schedule. I expect to use minimum 15# per month, up to 30# per month, and that gets me into the 1800-3600# range over its useful life.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:38 AM   #70
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All my "capital equipment" gets amortized over 30 batches. Right now that is hitting me for about $22/batch. But with luck I can wipe that stuff off the books in less than a year and add new gear. SWMBO is a CPA and approved this schedule

 
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