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Old 03-13-2014, 03:26 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about springing for a grain mill. Problem is there are a bunch of them out there and the prices are all over the place. If you have and use a grain mill, which one is it? Do you think it was a good mill for the money? If you were to buy another one would you buy the same one?

I'm doing 5 gal. batches of all grain so I'll typically need to grind 10-12 lbs. at a time.

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Old 03-13-2014, 03:49 AM   #2
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I have a Barley Crusher... I don't think much of it.
The rollers are small, which makes the feed stop sometimes.
The frame is not well assembled and can twist on the machine screws. If the frame halves become mis-aligned, they don't roll easily.
The frames are joined with aluminum sheet metal. They haven't bent, but they are pretty flimsy, and I was disappointed in how cheaply they are made.
If I was to do it over, I would spend a little more on something else.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:06 AM   #3
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My money will be buying a monster mill. I will go 2" rollers. I just can't quite decide 2- or 3-rollers. My tax return will be here soon.... I am leaning towards 2-rollers.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:01 AM   #4
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I have a Barley Crusher and it works great. I don't brew on a weekly basis and the times I've used it since buying it have been good. I don't crush grain very often and couldn't justify the increase in cost to the Monster Mill. I have no complaints for my Barley Crusher and get great efficiency crushing my grain. Of course there are parts that could be improved but then it would cost twice as much. Best of luck choosing.

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Old 03-13-2014, 09:15 AM   #5
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stainless steel mashmaster mini... mmmm.... stainless.... - plus it's geared. Of course, it's from Aussie...

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Old 03-13-2014, 10:18 AM   #6
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Crankenstein 2 roller. I've used it for 10 - 12 batches at 20 - 26lbs each with 0 issues. I'd buy it again, no question. I drive it with an 18 volt Dewalt cordless drill on it's lowest speed/highest torque setting.

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Old 03-13-2014, 10:36 AM   #7
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I have a Barley Crusher with the large hopper, and it works great for me. I power it with and electric drill and have never had any issues though I have probably only done about 20 to 25 batches with it.

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Old 03-13-2014, 11:55 AM   #8
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Can't recommend a specific brand. (my mill was a bargain no-name) but I can offer a couple of suggestions.

- make sure the gap in the rollers is easily adjustable

- get the largest bin offered

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:11 PM   #9
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Monster Mill MM2 gets my vote. Two 1.5" rollers.

The slightly more expensive 2" roller model, the MM2 2.0 may have a marginal edge over the 1.5" one, which you may not notice.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:22 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by IslandLizard View Post
Monster Mill MM2 gets my vote. Two 1.5" rollers.

The slightly more expensive 2" roller model, the MM2 2.0 may have a marginal edge over the 1.5" one, which you may not notice.
I agree with this. I just bought the MM2 with 1.5 inch rollers. I had a barley crusher that served me well for many years and 1000's of pounds of grain. But, the monster mill is a step up for sure - ripped through the grain with ease. Easily adjustable.

My only complaint is it is screwing up my recipes . . . . . 88% efficiency on my last batch of Mild
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