My grain mill came in the mail about a week ago and here is my first go at making flour.
I had to order a new adjustment knob as it was missing. I knew about it when I won the auction. I was able to order a replacement from Nazko for $12.88 shipped. My total cost for the mill and the replacement part was right around $60. It came with both the stone burs and the steel ones along with a clamp attachment.
My first milling attempts was with popcorn making cornmeal. I used the steel burs for this and made some cornbread.
I tried unsuccessfully to find wheat berries locally so I ordered hard red wheat and soft red wheat from Amazon.
- Great River Organic Milling, Organic Whole Grains Hard Red Spring Wheat, 25-Pound Package
- Hard White Wheat Berries | 100% USA Grown | GMO Free (5 LBS)
Milling it was a simple process. Assemble the mill with the stone burs, clamp the mill to a stable surface, add wheat berries to the hopper and start cranking.
You adjust the coarseness of the output by turned the adjusting knob on the burs. I was planning on making biscuits so I went of a medium / fine flour.
Total time per cup was about 10 minutes. With practice I am thinking I could probably cut that time a little but this is not a fast process.
I do plan to motorize this sometime over the winter. A quarter HP motor, pulleys and belt is all that is required. The rotation rate should be around 90 rpm. So I will need to pick the pulley sizes accordingly.
Here are some links (more to come) for this grain mill and others :
- Nugget Grain Mill
- Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain / Flour Mill by Wondermill ( this is the one I was looking at getting before finding this one used – if buying new it is a great deal )
- Country Living Hand Grain Mill ( The Cadalac of grain mills w/ the price to match )
Along with info on milling in general ( because of the similarity of the Nugget mill to the Wonder Junior mill I use resources that mention it at parity )
- Will it grind
- Grain Mill recipes
- Grain Mill Wagon (bloggers) – be sure to check out the favorites page
I will put a post up tonight about making biscuits from the flour.