Is there anybody in the MA/NH area who owns a Wolfgang mill that I can take a look at? Or is there a place where I can physically check out the mill? I live in Bedford, NH.
I have a PK1 but live in Colorado....sorry but I can give this mill a 100% endorsement. I love mine and the company that I purchased it from - Pleasant Hill Grain. (I had a Nutramill before buying the PK)
A question: How much wheat can you put in at once in the hopper? If it is the 2.2lbs capacity as said how much time does it take to grind the entire 2.2 lbs of grain into flour? I make roti/chapati everyday and yeast/sourdough breads about 3 times a month. So, I usually buy a 20lb bag of wheat flour from the Indian store and 5lb KA whole wheat for my bread. I also work full time so I do need to make 10-15 lbs at once and use it over 6-8 weeks. I am wondering about the time it will take for me to do it in a wolfgang. I know there are Indian stone grain mills that are not half as elegant as the wolfgang, and are nor counter top, but they do 7-9 kgs of wheat at one go. I so want a wolfgang but have to factor in the amount of whole wheat I need before I make the decision.
I can fit 1000g+ in mine which I think is about 2lbs. Just make sure the bowl beneath is large enough to catch it all without the flour getting backed up into the shoot....
I can't tell you how long it takes but it isn't long at all. I am usually measuring out other ingredients while it is milling so the time doesn't mean anything to me....it is a few minutes - probably less than 5 but I am not sure.
The big convenience of this mill is that it is so easy to use and I use mine numerous times a day when I am baking breads and making my leavens. I love that I can toss in a small amount of grain and have it fresh. I mill because I want fresh and this provides me with the freshest. It is also easy to clean - just dust out the grain spout and that is it.
I had a Nutramill before and didn't like the fact that it was:
I am able to grind one pound of hard spring wheat in the length of a television commercial break on the USA Characters Welcome channel, if that helps. I have the Wolfgang Classic from Tribest. Something to take into account is that the Wolfgang is a physically attractive mill and you can leave it on the counter-top for more convenient use. Before I bought mine, I used to try to mill enough for week, in a hand-powered mill. Now I just mill what I need as I go along. Even one tablespoon can be ground on-demand due to the somewhat self-cleaning nature of the mill. The manufacturer suggests blocking the outlet with a tea bag in between uses to keep out insects. I use a crumpled cotton handkerchief. I've never gotten an infestation of insects in the mill.
I live in Iowa, so I can't help you with seeing the mill in person. I did find a movie of it in operation on YouTube, before I bought mine. You might search for that.
I am using the larger model Komo - the Fidibus XL. As Janet has mentioned fitting a 2 pounds of grain in the hopper is possible. My only concern would be trying to mill the 10 pounds in one go. I think the stones may start to generate too much heat with that amount of recurring milling. I live in Australia and as our summer has been approaching I have to ever more careful about the amount I mill in one pass. If possible I would be looking to use cold grains from a fridge or space the milling out with some rest periods between each pass to allow the stones to cool a little.
The Komo mill is a delight to use and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to use it each week (I bake on weekends) and thoroughly enjoy the flexibility it provides.
Al the best,Phil
I love my Komo Fidibus 21 Grain Mill. I, too, would be concerned about milling 10 lbs in one session. I do mill about 3-4lbs of wheat berries at a time. It's quick and easy. Since I have a small kitchen, I can let the grain mill do its thing and putter around the kitchen, getting back to the mill periodically to turn the bowl so ensure the milled grain doesn't accumulate to reach the shoot. It was an investment that I have really appreciated over time. To see the mill in action there is a video on grain mill comparisons at http://www.breadtopia.com
Thanks, all. This is really helpful; I think if we can do 3-4 lbs at a time, it should be fine. I may finally buy the mill!
For those of you who do bulk grinding for large quantities of bread, check this out! It is a stone mill from India; like I said in my earlier post, way too big for my home but still very efficient and good looking machines. Holds nearly 4 kgs in the hopper (9 lbs approx); Found it after some consulting with friends in India. Thought some of you may be interested.