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3-Roller Mills?
« on: June 20, 2014, 12:41:56 PM »
I am looking at purchasing a 3-roller mill.  I do not need a new mill.  My current mill gets the job done. I just have a bad case of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) after visiting NHC. 

With that said does anyone own a Crankandstein 3D or a Monster Brewing Hardware MM3?  I know that the MM3 is derived from the Crankandstein 3-roller mill, so we can skip that soap opera.  I like the MM3 hopper, but the third roller on the 3D has a less aggressive knurl.
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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 03:59:39 PM »
I enjoy my Monster Mill 3.  I wish they had the 2.0s when i purchased but thems the breaks.  The 2.0 is easier to adjust and should slip less then the MM3.  I bought stainless but its probably overkill unless you are gonna wet mill or are in a moist climate.  They get an a+ in my book.  Make sure you get the shaft upgrade.

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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 05:10:25 PM »
I have MM3 2" harden steel rollers for couple of years. Works pretty good. I put 20,000+ lbs thru it so far.

I had to take it apart once because grain got in between side plate and roller but it was easy to do.

So one for MM3 from me.


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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 06:16:17 PM »
I wound up ordering a standard MM3, which is complete overkill for my needs.  My standard post-boil kettle volume size is 3.65 to 3.75 gallons. I mill 5 to 8 pounds of malt most of the a time with the occasional 10 to 13 pound 6-gallon batch.

As I stated above, this purchase is more of a want than a need. I already own a fixed-gap Schmidling Malt Mill.  I like the look of the 3-roller mill crush. A 3-roller mill definitely leaves more husk material in tact than a 2-roller mill, which a big plus when continuous sparging.  Plus, today was the last day to take advantage of NHC show pricing.
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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 08:42:35 PM »
I wound up ordering a standard MM3, which is complete overkill for my needs.  My standard post-boil kettle volume size is 3.65 to 3.75 gallons. I mill 5 to 8 pounds of malt most of the a time with the occasional 10 to 13 pound 6-gallon batch.

As I stated above, this purchase is more of a want than a need. I already own a fixed-gap Schmidling Malt Mill.  I like the look of the 3-roller mill crush. A 3-roller mill definitely leaves more husk material in tact than a 2-roller mill, which a big plus when continuous sparging.  Plus, today was the last day to take advantage of NHC show pricing.

The photo I snapped of the discount code says the end of June. I ordered today just because I remembered to go on the website and order.
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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014, 09:36:00 PM »
I stand corrected.  I must have confused their valid through date with that of another vendor.   

What mill did you order?
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2014, 03:01:21 AM »
I got an MM3 1.5.

Upgrading from a fixed gap JSP.
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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2014, 05:08:02 AM »
I have the MM3.  I love it.  So much of a better crush than I see others get.  It really does a good job of seperating husk from meat.  I did have a friend at a brewery order it for me at 'brewery' price though... so that helped quite a bit when I bought it 3 years ago.
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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2014, 08:41:31 AM »
Hi everyone,
I've only been brewing for a couple of years and am pretty new to this forum.  Never attended NHC, sadly.  Is it typical for vendors to offer discount codes at the conferene?  Just out of curiosity, what kind of discount was MM offering this year?

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2014, 09:19:24 AM »
Hi everyone,
I've only been brewing for a couple of years and am pretty new to this forum.  Never attended NHC, sadly.  Is it typical for vendors to offer discount codes at the conferene?  Just out of curiosity, what kind of discount was MM offering this year?

Some have discounts. Some will sell the display items when they are picking up, so they don't have to ship/haul them back. Saw one guy pull out a wad of cash to buy a 55 gallon pot just before close (don't know his savings). The MM was a 10% discount. Many of the online HBS have discount codes that you can use. Not a bad deal for conference goers.
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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2014, 10:04:46 AM »
Very cool.  Now I guess there is even more incentive to attend NHC sometime in the future.  Thanks for the info, Jeff!

OP, sorry, did not intend to sidetrack/hijack.  Best of luck with your potential purchase!

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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2014, 10:09:53 AM »
Very cool.  Now I guess there is even more incentive to attend NHC sometime in the future.  Thanks for the info, Jeff!

OP, sorry, did not intend to sidetrack/hijack.  Best of luck with your potential purchase!
There is also schwag and free samples to be had. Raffles and other contests. Did I say there is also beer poured at many booths. It is a great time.
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2014, 11:16:39 AM »
Did I say there is also beer poured at many booths. It is a great time.

Anyone who has a dry glass at NHC is going out his/her way to keep it that way.  Lagunitas was pouring full glasses of beer on Saturday.

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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2014, 11:23:56 AM »
OP, sorry, did not intend to sidetrack/hijack.  Best of luck with your potential purchase!

No problem, I made the purchase yesterday.  Jeff and I purchased the same mill coming from the same mill. I have used a non-adjustable Schmidling Malt Mill since I started brewing all-grain beer in 1993; therefore, this mill will be a big change for me. I hope that I do not regret getting an adjustable mill because the non-adjustable Malt Mill is stupid proof.
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Re: 3-Roller Mills?
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2014, 01:46:44 PM »
Anyone who has a dry glass at NHC is going out his/her way to keep it that way.  Lagunitas was pouring full glasses of beer on Saturday.

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