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Hands on Review: Monster Mill MM-3 Grain Mill! + A Limited Time Deal

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.


Limited Time Deal, Review Continues Below:

  • Monster Mill Sale:  Monster Brewing Hardware is discounting both their 2 and 3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kits for HBF Readers.
  • Special flat rate shipping.  Monster Brewing Hardware also has a limited time flat rate deal.  Shipping is a flat $18.50 to addresses in the contiguous US.  Note that you have to choose “Other Shipping Options” to see the flat rate option.
  • You do not need a coupon code, but…
  • You must use the links below.  This is a special offer for HBF Readers, the standard offering will show the full price.

3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit at Monster Brewing Hardware

2 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit-HBF


Monster Mill MM-3

I started milling my own grains not too long after I switched to all-grain. At first I thought the idea was laughable to mill my own grains- why buy something and do the work myself, when I could get it done for free at the homebrew shop? But once my process had stabilized a fair amount, I became frustrated by my inability to hit the recipe’s planned OG. On my batches where my gravity was lower than predicted, I found a notable number of fully intact grains in the spent grains from my mash. Aiming for consistency, I wanted to make sure all my grains were always crushed, so I bought a 2-roller grain mill. That worked well, but if I wanted to optimize mash efficiency, I was always dancing on the edge of a stuck mash.


Limited Time Deal, Review Continues Below:

  • Monster Mill Sale:  Monster Brewing Hardware is discounting their 3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit by $39.01 for HBF Readers.
  • Special flat rate shipping.  Monster Brewing Hardware also has a limited time flat rate deal.  Shipping is a flat rate not matter how much you order of $18.50 to addresses in the contiguous US.  Note that you have to choose “Other Shipping Options” to see the flat rate option.
  • You do not need a coupon code.
  • This is a limited time offer.  The first 20 purchasers get this deal.
  • Note that you must use the link below.  This is a special offer for HBF Readers, the standard offering will show the full price.
  • While you’re at it… Monster Brewing Hardware has cool t-shirts for $10.
  • Learn More!  Hands on Review: Monster Mill MM-3 Grain Mill

3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit at Monster Brewing Hardware


The 3-roller mill from Monster Brewing Hardware passes through a first pair of rollers that have a fixed gap. That is machined to be 0.060”, with the intention of doing a minimal crush to soften the inside of the grain without really breaking the husk. After the first pair of rollers, it passes through the gap that you can adjust to your liking. The instructions provided with the mill recommend 0.045” for a medium crush, 0.055” for a coarse crush, and 0.038” for a fine crush. But of course the beauty of having your own mill is you can adjust it as you want, based on what works best for you.

The MM-3 3-roller mill comes with some options. The base rollers are 1144 steel alloy that is durable for long life, but can get some surface rust if used in a non-climate-controlled area, or if you wet mill your grain. For those homebrewers, they offer a stainless steel roller option, which they say has the same durability as the steel alloy base rollers. If you are a manic homebrewer, they offer a 3rd option with their MM-3 Pro series, which has heat treated rollers. These apparently have about 10x the life durability, but the price tag roughly doubles over the base MM-3.

The other option to choose from is the drive shaft size. Standard is a 1/2″ drive, but 3/8” is available as a smaller option. The 3/8” really isn’t recommended since 3/8” drive drills typically don’t have the torque to drive this mill. It can also be hard to find a cordless drill with enough torque to drive it, so Monster Mill recommends a corded drill. If you order the grain hopper from Monster Mill, it comes standard in galvanized 20-gauge steel, or optional stainless steel. Galvanized steel is corrosion resistant, so the only real advantage of stainless for your grain hopper is the “bling effect”.


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When shopping for a mill, it’s important to recognize that even if a product looks the same/similar in a picture, there’s more to it than the photo. For example, there is a similar 3-roller mill in the market at a lower price. However, what you can’t tell from the picture is that the rollers are made of a cheaper steel that doesn’t wear as well, and uses non-sealed bearings which are prone to grain dust causing wear problems. Fred Francis, the owner of Monster Mill makes a point of sourcing all of his raw materials from the U.S., and assembling the mills in Georgia. Rather than chase the lowest price point in the market down to the bottom, he focuses on his American supply base and keeping high quality design/materials to ensure a robust product that stands up well with word-of-mouth recommendations

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150 lb Capacity Rope Ratchet [BIAB] – back at $8.79 + Free Prime Ship

Carolina North 10016 1/4" Rop Ratchet, 150 lbs Capacity

Rope Ratchet Tie Down Rope Hanger Ratchet Pulley, 1/4″ & 150 lbs Weight Capacity

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • THE BEST: The easy-to-use 1/4″ ROPE RATCHET is the answer to all your tie-down needs for work or play. Whether you need to use it for rope lights, as a kayak hoist, grow light hangers, adjustable light hangers, or kayak locking pulley we got you covered. Rope Ratchet only, without rope.
  • BUILT TOUGH: The patented design and rugged construction lets you secure a wide variety of loads quickly and easily. Every ROPE RATCHET is made super tough rope so you can depend on it to work as a rv awning hook, for your rope tarp, part of your ceiling pulley system, or as a heavy duty rope hanger. Every ROPE RATCHET is made super tough so you can depend on it to take all the hard work you do. 150lb Weight Capacity.
  • GET IT DONE: With the ROPE RATCHET you simply attach the two hooks and pull the loose end of the rope to get the secure tightness you need. Feel comfortable using it as a bike rope, light pulley, or ratchet pulley. With ROPE RATCHET Tie-Downs you never have to worry about stretching, snapping back or loosening.
  • SAFE & SECURE: Your load stays secure because the rope automatically locks in place with every pull and stays locked until you release it by pushing the convenient Thumb Release Lever.
  • TRUSTED: Carolina North Manufacturing warrants its products to be free of defects in material or workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Hands down our products will keep you in the game.

 

Note from HBF: Given the right setup, this could be helpful as a pulley for a BIAB setup.  Of course, you’ll want a capable place to hang it and want to make sure to stay under the rated capacity.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “BIAB” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

7/10/20 5 PM Central: This is available again and selling for just $8.79.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Carolina North 10016 1/4″ Rope Ratchet, 150 lbs Capacity – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Monster Mill Deals for HBF Readers! + Hands on Review

  • Monster Mill Sale:  Monster Brewing Hardware is discounting both their 2 and 3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kits for HBF Readers.
  • Special flat rate shipping.  Monster Brewing Hardware also has a limited time flat rate deal.  Shipping is a flat $18.50 to addresses in the contiguous US.  Note that you have to choose “Other Shipping Options” to see the flat rate option.
  • You do not need a coupon code, but…
  • You must use the links below.  This is a special offer for HBF Readers, the standard offering will show the full price.
  • While you’re at it… Monster Brewing Hardware has cool t-shirts for $10.
  • Learn More!  Hands on Review: Monster Mill MM-3 Grain Mill

3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit at Monster Brewing Hardware

2 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit-HBF

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

Get a Deal on Bulk Malt via MoreBeer:  Viking 2-Row Pale Malt, Viking Xtra Pale Malt, Viking Wheat Malt – and Viking Pilsner Malt – all sell for $10.99/10 lbs, unmilled.  5 x $10.99 = $54.95 for 50 lbs of grain.  To sweeten the deal shipping is free with a qualifying $59 orderCheck product links for current price & availability.

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MoreBeer’s Most Popular Beer Kits? – dynamic results based on sales + 20% Off KOTW

Russian Rivers Pliny the Elder® - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)Pictured: MoreBeer’s Pliny The Elder Kits – Typically one of MoreBeer’s most popular kits | Brewing Pliny the Elder

MoreBeer’s Most Popular Recipes

MoreBeer has loads of recipe kits.  Original recipes, clones and direct from the brewer recipes courtesy of the Brewmaster Series.  Want to know what MoreBeer’s most popular recipes are?  Check out the links below to get the scoop.  These are dynamic results based on sales.

Get Free Shipping+Related Deal

  • MoreBeer’s Kit of the Week discounts on kit each week in both extract and all grain versions.  Changes regularly, valid while supplies last.
  • Shipping is also free to most US addresses with a qualifying $59 order
  • Easy Filler Item….  If you’re looking for a filler item to help you qualify for free shipping, consider grabbing some PBW

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:

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Looking for a MoreBeer Deal? – Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer Deals

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Adventures in Homebrewing’s Best Selling Recipe of All Time – on sale for $25 + free ship eligible

From AIH… “Adventures in Homebrewing’s best selling recipe kit of all time, The AIH Summer Wheat. Who needs an excuse to brew during great summer weather? The Adventures in Homebrewing Summer Wheat is crisp, refreshing, and highly sessionable for those hot summer days.”

Adventures in Homebrewing is discounting their Summer Wheat Recipe Kits in both all grain and extract versions to just $25.  They have also marked down select seasonal homebrew beer recipe kits by 20%.  Selections include both all grain and extract options.  Now is a great time to stock up or grab ingredients for your next batch.

  • Stacks With Free Shipping!  Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more with a few exclusions.
  • An easy filler item, if you’re for help to qualify for free shipping… 4 lbs of PBW (a good deal at $23.99)

$25 Summer Wheat Kits! | 20% Off Seasonal All Grain Kits | 20% Off Seasonal Extract Kits

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability rp:aihsea

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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IRIS Airtight Storage Container [~40 lb Grain Storage] – back at $14.99 + Free Prime Ship

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Perfect for dry dog food, cat food, or bird seed
  • Built-in airtight seal locks in freshness
  • Dimensions: 16.50″L x 10.83″W x 18.63″H
  • Airtight lid also keeps out moisture, humidity and pests
  • Translucent body – food can be checked at a glance

 

Airtight lid, clear sides so you can see what’s inside and wheels to help you move it around.  Use to store base and specialty grain and more.

This is rated for 25 lbs.  That, generally speaking, is for pet food.  Grain capacity estimate.. I believe this Iris’ 33 Quart size (model/SKU 301034). – specifications on Iris’ website.  33 Quarts = 8.25 gallons.  My estimation for unmilled grain storage capacity is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate, this would hold about 41.25 lbs of grain.  This is a rough estimation based on assumed capacity of 33 quarts.  Actual storage capacity will vary.

What are other people saying? Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “grain” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

7/10/20 12 AM Central: Volatile Availability = I posted this a day or so ago at the same price and it sold out in short order.  As of this posting, this is available again at just $14.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

IRIS Airtight Pet Food Storage Container – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Get a Deal on Bulk Malt via MoreBeer:  Viking 2-Row Pale Malt, Viking Xtra Pale Malt, Viking Wheat Malt – and Viking Pilsner Malt – all sell for $10.99/10 lbs, unmilled.  5 x $10.99 = $54.95 for 50 lbs of grain.  To sweeten the deal shipping is free with a qualifying $59 orderCheck product links for current price & availability.

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Ends Soon: MoreBeer’s American Amber Ale – All Grain & Extract – Save 20% + Free Ship Eligible via MoreBeer KOTW

  • MoreBeer’s Kit of the Week offers a 20% discount on a select recipe for a limited time.  Choose from all grain or extract versions while supplies last.
  • Shipping is also free to many US addresses with a qualifying $59 order
  • Custom Tap Handle: All of MoreBeer’s original recipe kits come with a full color insert that works with this custom tap handle
  • Easy Filler Item….  If you’re looking for a filler item to help you qualify for free shipping, consider grabbing some PBW

Check out this week’s Kit of the Week! – remember coupon code KOTW

What’s going on at MoreBeer Today?  Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer! Hop Market – limited time, rotating deep discount hops

More about MoreBeer’s American Amber Recipe Kits

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Looking for a MoreBeer Deal? – Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer Deals

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Monster Mill Deals for HBF Readers! + Hands on Review

  • Monster Mill Sale:  Monster Brewing Hardware is discounting both their 2 and 3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kits for HBF Readers.
  • Special flat rate shipping.  Monster Brewing Hardware also has a limited time flat rate deal.  Shipping is a flat $18.50 to addresses in the contiguous US.  Note that you have to choose “Other Shipping Options” to see the flat rate option.
  • You do not need a coupon code, but…
  • You must use the links below.  This is a special offer for HBF Readers, the standard offering will show the full price.
  • While you’re at it… Monster Brewing Hardware has cool t-shirts for $10.
  • Learn More!  Hands on Review: Monster Mill MM-3 Grain Mill

3 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit at Monster Brewing Hardware

2 Roller Homebrew Mill Kit-HBF

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

Get a Deal on Bulk Malt via MoreBeer:  Viking 2-Row Pale Malt, Viking Xtra Pale Malt, Viking Wheat Malt – and Viking Pilsner Malt – all sell for $10.99/10 lbs, unmilled.  5 x $10.99 = $54.95 for 50 lbs of grain.  To sweeten the deal shipping is free with a qualifying $59 orderCheck product links for current price & availability.

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MoreBeer’s Ultimate Sparge Arm – $119.99, Near Best Price + Free Shipping

The Ultimate Sparge Arm BE950

MoreBeer’s Stainless Steel Ultimate Sparge Arm.  100% stainless and silicone construction.

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

MoreBeer!’s Patent Pending sparge arm design is the perfect addition to almost any all grain setup! This sparge arm assembly is made completely of stainless steel and silicone, and has two adjustment points. One of these will help to hold the sparge arm against your kettle, while the other allows you to move the sparge arm up or down inside the kettle to accommodate different amounts of grain. These adjustment knobs are very easy to hand tighten and loosen, meaning no tools are necessary. Excellent for sparging as well as recirculating your mash in a RIMS or HERMS system!

To use, simply install on your kettle wall, tighten down the red stopper to hold the sparge arm in place, adjust the height of the bottom disc to be right above your grain bed but below the mash tun’s water level, and adjust the flow level using the included ball valve. This unit will not include a barb or quick disconnect on the inlet of the ball valve, as every brewery is different. Please choose an inlet attachment from the sparge arms recommended items. Note – This sparge arm will not fit on most coolers. Make sure to check out the video in the video tab below.

Features

  • 100% stainless and silicone construction
  • Two adjustment knobs make it extremely universal
  • Included ball valve allows you to increase or decrease the flow rate during sparge or recirculation
  • Included check ball will prevent back flow
  • Can adjust from the top of your kettle to 12-13 inches down into your kettle
  • A single, large diameter outlet port trickles onto a stainless disc, which distributes sparge water gently and evenly. This port is also much easier to flush out and keep clean than many other sparge assemblies with multiple small holes that grain gets stuck in during recirculation
  • Stainless tube measures 18.5″ from the top to the bend, and 8.5″ from the bottom to the center of the distribution disc.
  • Can be mounted on a lip that is up to 7/8″ wide
  • Has a 1/2″ FPT ball valve

 

  • MoreBeer has this on sale for $119.99.  That’s a whopping $30 discount.
  • Near Best Price: I have 16 deals recorded on this dating back to 2014.  The best price I’ve seen is $119.95.  It’s possible MoreBeer has sold this for less and I just don’t have it recorded.
  • MoreBeer says… Due to high demand, this item is currently out of stock. Be the first to receive your items by placing a pre-order today. We will automatically ship this item to you when we receive more in mid July.
  • Get Free Shipping: This ships for free with a qualify order as part of MoreBeer’s Free Shipping Program.  Under that promo most orders over $59 ship for free.

The Ultimate Sparge Arm BE950

Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:

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Looking for a MoreBeer Deal? – Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer Deals

Van Ness 2 Cup Food Scoop… $1.89 + Buy 3, Save 15% & Free Prime Ship

Van Ness 2 Cup Food Scoop

Van Ness 2 Cup Food Scoop

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 2 Cup Capacity Food Scoop
  • Made From United States Food And Drug Administration Approved Plastic Safe For Food Contact
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • Colors may vary

 

Use for grain, other brewing ingredients and more.

7/9/20 10:30 AM Central: These are selling for $1.89.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order

Stacks With: Buy 3, Save 15% – looks like mostly pet supplies.

Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Van Ness 2 Cup Food Scoop – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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