Buying a Grain Mill



I am thinking of buying a grain mill for my breadmaking and would like to have as much information, tips, advice etc before I make a purchase.


I usually buy stoneground organic spelt and khorasan/Kamut Flour. I make a big sourdough loaf approx once a fortnight to once a week.


Can anyone give any suggestions??


Thanks Heaps!


 Your info says you are from Australia so I will give you a link to a grain mill site in Australia.  I have the Schnitzer Country Grain mill and really like it.  It is a manual mill that I made into a pedal powered grain mill.  I figure most people will want an electric mill so I can say the the stones in the Schnitzer have done a fine job and I have never had a problem with it.  My preference in mills is a stone mill verses any of the other kinds of mills.  I would stay away from mills that are small as it will take you a long time to get the job done.  You might also be interested in a mill that does flaking also.  There are a couple of mills that do both so if flaking your grains for some sort of use interests you them you should check one of them out.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot


For a little mill i'm not sure about it, but, you have to know that usually miller mix different variety of wheat to have the more stable product, so when you gonna mill be sure that you have a great wheat, I suggest you ask for the data : protein, stability, falling number




I usually buy spelt or khorasan/kamut flour for my sourdough loaves, because I can't have modern wheat...

 I have used both and they make great bread.  Here is my recipe for Spelt/Kamut bread using home milled flour.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot


Still you should ask about the data of those cereale, those going to gave you the exact info of your flour!



Thanks for the replies and information. I have looked into grain suppliers and will check the grain specs.


I am a little reluctant to invest in a handmill as it will be a lot of extra work in the breadmaking progress and I don't have a lot of physical energy to spare. The idea of real basalt stone sounds nice though. 

I'm not sure how the corundum compares and what people think of it etc. )

How does the:


* Schnitzer Country hand mill (Basalt in magnesite) 

compare to

* Schnitzer Pico Electric (Corundum in Ceramic)


* Hawos Billy 100 Electric (Corundum in Ceramic)


The 10 year warranty on the Hawos Billy makes me think that the motor may be slightly better.


So far it seems that skippy grain mills is the only main online store in Australia - are there any others I should browse before deciding on a product?

Also I will mainly be using the mill for breadmaking but wouldn't mind using it a bit for brewing beer. Does anyone know if I would require (or recommend) a flaking function for brewing beer?


Thanks Heaps.



 any thoughts?

 I had never noticed the differences in the stones before.  I have never read anything about stones that would alarm me to pick one over the other leading me to think that they are both good stones.  The Hawos Billy also has 100mm stones as the Pico has 70mm stones.  I would think if the designs are similar the 100mm stones would be better.  I don't know if you need a flaker to make beer.  You can buy mills and flakers as a combined unit but since I'm in the USA I don't know where you can get them in Australia.  

I see Skippy has this one.  Here is another brand to look at for a mill flaker.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot


The Tribest Wolfgang is a Grain Mill without compromise. Its height of only 13.25 inches allows it to fit easily into any kitchen, yet its grinding capacity rivals those of the largest grain mills. 


[url=]grain mill grinder[/url]