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121108 Just Starting in GRAIN milling and am trying to make a decision re which milling machine to buy.  Considering money and popularity, I am leaning to K-TEC for $175.

My concern is over the practice of FLAKING.  The Family Grain Mill (made in Germany) offers the ability to GRIND grains and to FLAKE them using a unique attachment.  Flaking is advised for cereals.

I am fond of OAT BRAN cereal daily.  Have the hope of buying Oat Groats and FLAKING them to get to get the BRAN ... I suppose I'll get the endosperim and germ of the Oat also - - and that, hopefully will make the nutrition even better.  I would like to try FLAKING with Buckwheat Groats and maybe even with Rice.

Can anyone advise me - - am I misunderstanding FLAKING; and should I just go for milling wheat berries with the K-TEC?  Also, is there a better way to process Oat Groats and Buckwheat Groats.

I am a "nube", but AM TOTALLY COMMITTED to home milling.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated  



proth5's picture

Free advice - so...

The K-Tec mill is what is known as a micronizer mill.  The general experience with these mills is that they are good for making flour.  Although they claim to grind coarse to fine, they don't have the versatility of a burr mill (either stone or steel).

The Family Grain Mill has special attachments for a number of applications, one of which is "flaking."  In this context, flaking will result on a "rolled grain" product - similar to "old fashioned" (not, "steel cut") oatmeal. This can only be accomplished with rollers and is not usually done with either burr or micronizer mills.  Some of us have made hot cereals with cracked grain and this might be enjoyable for you, but it is not "flaked" grain.  It is possible to buy a stand alone grain roller.  Lehmans in Kidron, Ohio carries these.  Depending on your milling needs and budget, a micronizer mill and a roller might do the job the best for you.

I will add my personal opinion that the Family Grain Mill looks just a little lightweight for my taste - especially as I see the mechanism to attach it to a table for milling, but that is me.  I have some strong opinions about my mill (I love it) - a Diamant - the Humvee of hand operated mills.  Your needs and opinions may vary.

If you enjoy oat bran specifically, you will need to employ some type of sifting method to separate the oat bran from the germ and the endosperm.

Let me suggest that you contact a dealer (such as Pleasant Hill Grain) directly to discuss your milling goals and get a recommendation. The selection of a mill is very important to the process.

Hope this helps.  Always glad to see another home miller on these pages.

Yerffej's picture

I use a Jupiter stone mill.  The stone mill separates the grain and does not pulverize the bran and germ as impact mills do.  This means that if I want the bran all I have to do is run the flour through a sieve and remove the bran.

There are other stone mills on the market such as the Retsel which I have never used.  I am very pleased with the performance of the Jupiter mill.