I am interested in purchasing a home mill for milling wheat, but I am particularly interested in purchasing a mill that will mill not only hard wheat but also soft wheat. From looking around on the internet, it appears that hand-cranked mills, even the Diamant, are not really suited to milling soft wheat, which apparently tends to clog them. I suppose that leaves me with electric mills? If so, will some electric mills mill soft wheat and some won't? Any recommendations?
I am particularly interested in soft wheat for a couple reasons. One is that the wheat grown locally is soft wheat, as our climate here in Northern Indiana is apparently not well-suited to growing hard wheat. Also, I've read Ed Wood's Classic Sourdoughs, and he seems to dispute there the very common wisdom that hard high-gluten wheat is better for bread than softer low-gluten wheat, at least for sourdough. And in fact, I tried his recipe for Whole Wheat Sourdough (on his website) using the South African culture and hard red wheat flour and it came out very dense and gluey (although I think I messed up a step and wound up kneading in extra flour at a step when the recipe calls for treating the dough "gently"). I then on my second try substituted organic whole wheat "pastry flour" for the hard wheat flour (although the culture itself I used in the recipe had been fed with hard wheat flour) and it came out much better. I'm now thinking of feeding at least one jar of the culture with soft wheat and seeing how it turns out.