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And if so, I have a few questions:<br><br>
Are you happy with the make, and what make is it?<br>
Do you use it as much as you thought you would?<br>
Is it manual or automatic?<br>
Where do you buy your whole grains?<br>
How much did it cost?<br><br>
Please, talk me into it or out of it.<br>
I'm starting an organic bakery and I would prefer to grind my own grains, but I want more info about it first.<br><br>
Thank you in advance for your advice,<br><br>
Punchy
 

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I bought the "Family Grain Mill" by Jupiter. <a href="http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/family_grain_mills.asp" target="_blank">http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/family_grain_mills.asp</a><br>
I like it well enough, but it wouldn't be my first choice if I were to buy another mill. It grinds pretty fine, but not quite as fine as other mills that I have seen. It is reletivly fast, and is about average as far as noise goes. You can get a manual or electic attachment for it, and I believe it is this company that makes the grain mill attachment for Kitchenaid.<br>
If you are starting a bakery, I would not reccommend this mill. you'd want something that could grind a much greater quantity amd in less time.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Absolutely yes. I use my grain mill almost every day, sometimes several times a day. I hardly ever buy flour anymore. I occasionally buy a bit of white flour for special pasteries, but that is it. i grind all my own grains: wheat, corn, oats, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, kamut, rye, rice. It is wonderful to have perfectly fresh flour. Everone loves my baked goods.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Automatic all the way!!! i owned a manual mill for a short while, and I cannot express to you what a pain it was to grind flour. If I wanted to bake a couple of loaves of bread it took be about 20 minutes to crank out the flour. I bought the manual mill because it seemed so traditional and romantic. I got over that one fast! I hardly baked at all when I had to grind manually. With my electric mill I bake almost every day.<br>
Now, there are very nice manual mills out there that one can use, but for the price I'd rather go electric.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I buy most of my grains in bulk at my local food co-op.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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About $230.
 

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THANK YOU so much for your advice. That is the one I was looking at, so now I have a bit more information to go on.<br><br>
Best,<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Automatic all the way!!! i owned a manual mill for a short while, and I cannot express to you what a pain it was to grind flour. If I wanted to bake a couple of loaves of bread it took be about 20 minutes to crank out the flour. I bought the manual mill because it seemed so traditional and romantic. I got over that one fast! I hardly baked at all when I had to grind manually. With my electric mill I bake almost every day.<br>
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So, I was considering a manual and was thinking that was where child labor came in<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
Seriously, would it be too much work for a little one, because my 2 1/2 year old loves the apple peeler and pasta machine.
 

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<b>Are you happy with the make, and what make is it?</b><br><br>
Nutrimill. Love it.<br><br><b>Do you use it as much as you thought you would?</b><br><br>
Yes and no. I had pictured milling before every loaf, but I typically mill enough for a couple weeks and pop it right in the freezer. DD2 is very sensitive to sound, so I try to minimize the "louds." [The Nutrimill is one fo the quieter ones, but all the automatics are loud.] So, I grind all our flours, but not as often as I had envisioned.<br><br><b>Is it manual or automatic?</b><br><br>
Automatic, and can grind very fine. It's adjustable, though not appropriate for cornmeal. Ideally, I'd like to get a manual crank style for cornmeal, and a roller for oatmeal.<br><br><b>Where do you buy your whole grains?</b><br><br>
We live close to Bob's Red Mill.<br><br><b>How much did it cost?</b><br><br>
I think $249.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have heard wonderful things about the Whisper Mill. I would love to buy one.</div>
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First read what <a href="http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/index.asp#Nutrimill" target="_blank">Pleasant Hill Grain</a> has to say:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">First read what <a href="http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/index.asp#Nutrimill" target="_blank">Pleasant Hill Grain</a> has to say:</div>
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Oh Bummer! Isnt that always the way it is though. Somebody had a good product and then they sell it to somebody who doesnt have the same respect for quality. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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The Nutrimill is very similar and has a good warranty.
 

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Thought I'd chime in since I have a hand crank mill. <a href="http://www.lehmans.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=1136&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=701&iSubCat=708&iProductID=1136" target="_blank">http://www.lehmans.com/shopping/prod...ProductID=1136</a><br>
Here is the one I have. I have to take it back out because the first time it didn't really work. We may have put it togther wrong? I'm guessing tath an electric mill is the way to go. I would love to make my mill useable any advice from an old pro? I Was trying to grind popcorn into corn meal & it was making huge pieces & it seemed to be grinding it's stone more than the corn. SOrry to hijack this thread!<br><br>
BTW my local hfs sells whole grains in the bulk binspreaty cheap too.
 

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i have a waldner biotech.<br><br>
i absolutely love it, use it several times a day adn it is automatic. I never would be without it. I grind my grains freshly and the flavor of the baked goods is IMMENSELY improved.<br>
Personally, I think an automatic grain mill is a must for an organic bakery. You might want to get something designed more for heavyduty use.<br><br>
I decided against the Whispermill <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: bc when I was researching which mill to get I realized it 'explodes' the grain rather than crushing it and the flavor and nutrients are affected.<br><br>
It was also important to me to get something made from sustainable materials. The waldner is made of solid wood whereas the Whispermil is plastic. Apparently the Whispermill isn't that much quieter anyway.
 

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Are you happy with the make, and what make is it? <span>Yes, I am happy w/ it-- It is a K-tec</span><br>
Do you use it as much as you thought you would?<span>my mom has the same one and we both use it alot- and it is adjustable, so I can do a fine flour, or course enough for cream of wheat type cereal</span><br>
Is it manual or automatic? <span>Automatic</span><br>
Where do you buy your whole grains?<span>Wheat Montana (I love their "Prairie Gold")</span><br>
How much did it cost?<span>I have had it for about 11 years, my parents got it for me- but I think it was around $250.00</span><br><br><br><span>EricaLeigh- for corn meal you need to a get a different corn- not pop corn, the kind for corn meal is dried, large kernels of corn- similar looks to candy corn, though not as big</span>
 

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Hmmm, so perhaps that was my problem. I have read to grind popping corn (to be frugal) Well I suppose I should get some wheat berries!
 
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