I can't disagree with your perceptions of the Mirror Pond. It always tastes fresh, balanced and reliable to me, but it does definitely present the hops in a non-nuanced way. The Stout and Porter are just super.
I always cracked my grain the night before.
The maltmill is not commercial-grade; it is for the homebrewer. I'll snap a pic if I have a chance. Nicely crafted American product, but homebrew shops are now more able to accommodate this kind of service than they were 10-15 years ago. Back then, I was buying sacks of grain as a co-op venture with my club because there was no credible local retail homebrew presence.
We are a whole community of "that guy" - StPatGuy