Miller's B3 Grain Mill

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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby DrDually on Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:58 pm

Luckbad wrote:Nope, was out of my budget even via Harbor Freight.

I got this one: http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-i ... xjH3vldXzg

Keep us posted on how this drill works for you
If you decide to motorize in future, suggest you start looking for a motor now
I have seen several "free" motors that would work
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby brahn on Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:17 pm

I've been using a drill for 6-7 years and I haven't ever felt the need to motorize. It's a bit annoying to sit there holding the drill while you're milling, but really not a big deal.
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby bwarbiany on Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:08 pm

brahn wrote:I've been using a drill for 6-7 years and I haven't ever felt the need to motorize. It's a bit annoying to sit there holding the drill while you're milling, but really not a big deal.


Yep. Me too.

I'd love to have a bigger hopper on my mill (capable of holding the entire grain bill), but beyond that the drill does everything I need it to...
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby maltbarley on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:46 pm

I use a cordless drill and have no issue with it. I have a motor but decided it wasn't worth buying the pulleys.
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby SamIam on Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:09 pm

I use a cordless drill as well, never had any issues until last weekend when both batteries went dead at the same time. I like the hopper extensions for that mill, it's nice to be able to mill 40+ pounds without having to stop.
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby backyard brewer on Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:22 pm

maltbarley wrote:I use a cordless drill and have no issue with it. I have a motor but decided it wasn't worth buying the pulleys.


Yeah, the sheeves on my mill scare the crap out of me. With a 1.5" and 12" setup, I'm always worried one of the kids or someone might get too close and lose a finger. When I start that thing, I clear the area like I'm lighting off a huge firework...

Yes, I know the obvious solution is to cage the belt system but then I wouldn't be the King of Unfinished Projects.
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby lexuschris on Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:45 am

SamIam wrote:I use a cordless drill as well, never had any issues until last weekend when both batteries went dead at the same time. I like the hopper extensions for that mill, it's nice to be able to mill 40+ pounds without having to stop.


Many a brew day, late have been I,
Cordless drill dead before done,
Hand crank the rest, while breaking a sweat,
Ode to powered mill fun!

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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby bwarbiany on Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:38 pm

I have two cordless drills, but the batteries never seem to be charged when I want to use them.

So I use the corded drill. Problem solved!
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby dhempy on Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:14 am

backyard brewer wrote:
maltbarley wrote:
Yes, I know the obvious solution is to cage the belt system but then I wouldn't be the King of Unfinished Projects.


We may have to arm wrestle for that title!

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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby DrDually on Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:35 pm

Just finished brewing a Belgian Pale Ale today and WOW!
First time using the Monster 3 roller mill and it worked very well
After sparging, checked gravity then calculated efficiency...mid 90%
Rechecked and same results
Checked a third time and same thing
I have never seen efficiency that high at the LHBS
Here is a pic with belt guard removed
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby Luckbad on Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:37 pm

That things looks badass!
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby Maltose Parrot on Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:31 pm

OOOOOOH! AHHHHHHHH!
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby Luckbad on Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:09 pm

Got to use the Monster Mill MM2-2.0 yesterday and it worked great! My efficiency went way up and it worked very well with the Harbor Freight drill I got. I also picked up two sets of these rubber door stops from Home Depot so I can snug the mill up to my bucket. Worked quite well.
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby DrDually on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:56 pm

Check out the latest issue of Brew Your Own "projects" article on motorizing your grain mill...I included a plug for our group :happybeer:
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Re: Miller's B3 Grain Mill

Postby dhempy on Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:16 am

Mine just arrived .. well done Chris!

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