We would like to introduce you to one of our latest additions to Bull City Homebrew… the Monster Mill. One of our top priorities at the store is having the best grains for the lowest prices in the area. The best grains aren’t enough, though… they need to be cracked properly. For those of you who went to the old location on Geer Street, you probably remember the old, two-roller mill that held no more than a pound of grain at a time and took forever to crush a full grain bill. The Monster Mill has officially moved in and kicked the old mill to the curb.
The mill itself is the MM3-2.0 model made by Monster Brewing. This mill features three 2″ diameter rollers, some of the largest you’ll find on a non-industrial mill. The MM3-2.0 crushes all your grain twice, with one pass through the mill. It starts with a preliminary crush through the initial fixed gap between the top two rollers, and then ends with a pass through the second gap between the drive roller, and the bottom third roller. The initial pass slightly flattens the grain, and gets it ready for the next crush, that breaks apart the grains and loosens the starch with minimal husk damage.
The mill is driven by a Milwaukee 0234-6 Magnum drill, one of the highest torque drills available. This drill is the most capable drill we know of to power through even the toughest grains, yet keep the RPMs low enough to not damage them.
The mill and drill are is mounted directly to a custom work bench that allows the cracked grain to fall through into a bag ready to hold your full grain bill. In addition, the hopper attached to the top of the mill lets you put up to 11 pounds of grain into it, which is enough to accomodate your whole grain bill for most 5 gallon batches. The mill has a throughput of 13 lbs/minute, which means you won’t have to stand around waiting for it to finish. The crush that the mill produces is exceptional, and many customers have said they’ve never had better mash efficiencies before.
You don’t have to be an all-grain brewer to enjoy the awesomeness of the Monster Mill, it happily grinds through your adjunct grains too. You can even just peek in the grain room window to say hi. He won’t bite, but we do recommend keeping your fingers at a safe distance.