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!

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LeadDog 2010 November 29

 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.

daughter of the... 2010 December 1

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


bread10 2010 December 1



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

bread10 2010 December 17



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.



Janet 2019 December 23

I have been looking and the hawos comes highly recommended, Hand grinding  looks hard as long as we have a power source instead. Hawos is on eBay, can buy from the manufacturer. They might have a better deal on the company's Facebook site in January  or later who knows. I think the choice then is 360 watts  or 600 watts. There is a premium but I am going to get the 600. The company in Germany will fine tune it for wheat only, or white and non gluten, or gluten free grains. I looked at hawos company's page, the production video is amzing. Perfectionists.

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LeadDog 2010 December 21

 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.

juicer0 2013 April 24
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. 


Anonymous 2015 December 1

Hi Bread10 / Everyone,


I know it has been a long time since this post was active but I am looking at grain mills myself in Melbourne and would love any input on mills that anyone has with experience - what did you buy and would you recommend it and if so then why etc? Thanks so much in advance.

Ben Scoville 2016 April 6

Hi, I'm very interested in knowing how you set up your Schnitzer grain mill to be pedal powered.  Do you have a picture you could post as well? 


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LeadDog 2016 April 8

The forum marked my post with links to the pictures as spam.  I have a post on this site called Pedal Powered Grain Mill.  I found it by searching on the word "pedal".  The pictures are there.

DiPie 2016 April 18

I am interested in buying a mill and wonder if anyone has experience with a Grinding Rhino Stone Mill or their steel mill for grinding wheat in a small bakery situation. Also what is the difference with the steel and stone wheel, they say the stone wheel gets very hot quickly and the steel not. Does anyone have an opinion on this matter please. Grinding Rhino is marketed thru Dahan Trading in SA

PARTH SHAH 2016 November 26

Dear Sir,

I am based out of India and planning to migrate to Australia in near future.

I would like to acquire a flour mill.

Can someone please advise?

Best Regards,

Parth Shah 


WholeGrainNut 2020 June 16

I know this is an old topic but I've had a few successes now and I've heard that making your own fresh flour makes a massive difference to the taste fo the bread.  Does anyone know anything about the Waldner grain mills.  I can't find a lot about them online, except that they're made in Austria.  They seem to be at the higher end of the price range here in Australia.

I've also heard good things about the Mockmill by Wolfgang Mock.  Any opinions on these?

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