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Hands on Review: Monster Mill MM-3 Grain Mill

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.

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.

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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Viking 2-Row Pale Ale Malt, 10 lbs – $10.99, $1.10 per lb + free ship eligible, limited availability

Viking 2-Row Pale Ale Malt via MoreBeer

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Viking Pale Ale Malt is the perfect base malt for traditional Pale Ales, IPA’s, Ambers, Browns, Porters, Stouts, etc.. As a traditional english style pale ale malt it has a high degree of modification making it very easy to mash.

The rich maltiness adds layers of flavor to any ale.

Viking Malt is one of the largest malting companies in the world and the largest roaster of specialty malts. They are the main malt supplier to the famous Carlsberg brewery. Viking is not well known in the USA because they haven’t had good US distribution. Because MoreBeer! and MoreBeer! Pro is directly importing thousands of tons of malt we are stoked to offer you Northern European malt quality from one of the best malting companies in the world at lower than domestic malt pricing.

Viking Malt has 6 malthouses in areas where distinctive Nordic barley are sourced: in Halmstad, Sweden; Vordingborg, Denmark; Lahti, Finland; Panevezys, Lithuania and in Sierpc and Strzegom, Poland. The advantage of northern European malt is lower protein levels, good kernel size, and less amount of pesticides used due to the cold winters.

Malt Specification:

Moisture % – max. 5.0
Extract fine % – dm min. 80.0
Color °L – 2.1-3.2
Protein % dm – max. 11.5
Kolbach index % – min. 43
Free amino nitrogen mg/l – min. 130
Beta-glucan mg/l – max. 200


 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $10.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Malt – Viking Malt Pale Ale – 10 LB Milled (2 x 5 LB) GR901FM

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Hands on Review: Vittles Vault Stackable Storage Bins for Homebrew Grain Storage!

10 lbs Great Western 2 Row Malt

Brewmaster GR300FM Malt - 2-Row Pale - 10 lb Milled

Brewmaster GR300FM Malt – 2-Row Pale – 10 lb Milled


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

  • Maltster: Great Western
  • Origin: America
  • Grain type: base
  • Milled: y
  • Lovebird Range: 0 – 100 L

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Brewmaster GR300FM Malt – 2-Row Pale – 10 lb Milled – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Hands on Review: Vittles Vault Stackable Storage Bins for Homebrew Grain Storage!

10 lbs Great Western 2 Row Malt

Brewmaster GR300FM Malt - 2-Row Pale - 10 lb Milled

Brewmaster – GR300F Malt – 2-Row Pale – 10 lb


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

  • Maltster: Great Western
  • Origin: America
  • Grain type: base
  • Milled: n
  • Lovebird Range: 0 – 100 L

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Brewmaster – GR300F Malt – 2-Row Pale – 10 lb – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Find the Best Deal on Sacks of Malt – Tips, Tricks & Sources

homebrew sack malt deals

Grains by the lb can generally be had for a reasonable price. They also generally qualify for free and flat rate shipping when a retailer offers that.  Full 50 or 55 lb sacks of malt are another story altogether. The per lb price of sacks can be tempting, but shipping charges can be confiscatory.

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50 lbs Great Western 2 Row Malt – $63.71 + free shipping

  • 15% Off! MoreBeer is discounting most things site wide by 15%… 15% Off Site Wide at MoreBeer!
  • This sale applies to Great Western 2 Row
  • Buy 5 x 10 lbs of unmilled malt and apply coupon code SAVEME15.  Your discounted total should be $63.71 and you’ll qualify for free shipping.
  • FREE Shipping DOES Work: I typically get questions/concerns when I post this workaround, please read… Although bags of grain do not ship under MoreBeer’s free shipping program… this is a loophole of sorts.  I chose the largest size that DOES ship for free.  If you use this technique you will receive 5 x 10 lb bags of grain, not a single 50 lb sack.

Great Western Domestic 2-Row Malt – remember coupon code SAVEME15

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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Roasted: A Homebrewer’s Guide to Home Roasting Grain [Kindle Edition] – $1.99

Roasted: A Homebrewer's Guide to Home Roasting Grain Kindle Edition

Roasted by Jason Johnson

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About, from title description: “Roasted: A Homebrewer’s Guide to Home Roasting malts is a short Ebook that covers the topic of home roasting grains. The book jumps right in and tackles information on why a person would want to roast their own grains at home. The book provides information on various malts, how to read a malt analysis sheet, home roasting techniques and guidelines, how to make crystal malt, and how to smoke malt at home. The author has been roasting grains for homebrew for several years and written a few articles on the topic. While this book does not go into any brewing details, it is a helpful guide to bringing another homebrewed aspect to your homebrew.”

 

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Roasted: A Homebrewer’s Guide to Home Roasting Grain [Kindle Edition]


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