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jammy Mar 7, 2013 10:09 AM

I've really enjoyed baking my own bread for a while and want to take things to the next step by grinding my own grain to flour and making my own rolled grain flakes.

Any suggestions as to which companies produce a good product for home use?

Thanks!

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    Ranier Mar 7, 2013 03:12 PM

    I have also recently gotten into baking using ingredients that start as whole as possible. I am currently baking whole wheat bread with freshly ground, organic flour. The mill I chose was the KOMO Fidibus mill from Pleasant Hill Grain. I really like it so far and have used it for whole red wheat, whole white wheat, soft white wheat, durum, garbonzo beans and dent corn. Unlike some of the other mills, this one requires very little cleaning and you can grind straight into a bowl. You can also grind flour twice, something other mills can't do. If you decide you'd like the flour more finely ground, just run it through again. It also looks awesome.

    As for the flaker, I have the flaker attachment for my Electrolux DLX. Another excellent tool. Home flaked oatmeal, like the flour, tastes so much better when freshly made. Muesli is really good using these oats. I will also flake spelt and rye flakes to add a bit of variety.

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    1. re: Ranier
      Flexitarian Mar 7, 2013 04:35 PM

      I have the KOMO Grain mill also, the 'Magic' version. I chose it because the finish is beechwood and stainless steel and it looked the most contemporary of them all. KOMO mills are German made and excellent quality. I have had mine for 3 years now and have milled all kinds of grains in it. It has settings from coarse to fine. Not sure where I got it but I did buy it online from the US. Pleasant Hill Grain has the whole line-up here:

      http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/KoMo...

    2. kaleokahu Mar 7, 2013 04:00 PM

      Hi, jammy:

      This is a good one: https://www.lehmans.com/p-45-diamant-... Keps your power bill down, too.

      The vendor, Lehman's, actually stocks several models in electric and manual. They serve the Amish community, so they *know* milling and baking!

      Aloha,
      Kaleo

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        jammy Mar 8, 2013 06:38 AM

        Thanks for the responses. That manual grain mill looks really great, but, if I'm honest with myself, I wouldn't be as keen to use it as one powered with electricity. The electric mills they have would do the job, but I plan to keep the machine on my counter, so for looks, the German machines are a more pleasing option. A bit shallow, I know, but they also seem to do their job efficiently.

        From the reading I've done, it's Komo vs. Hawos now, though there seems to be more information on the Komo and that has given it an edge so far.

        Thanks again!

        1. NYChristopher Mar 8, 2013 10:50 AM

          Good gravy, does anyone make a decent one under $100?

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          1. re: NYChristopher
            Sid Post Mar 9, 2013 09:40 AM

            Grain mills for flour are precision instruments. The cheap ones won't give you consistent results with flour. For coarse milling they work fine.

            The ~$100 models are really better for nuts and similar uses.

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