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Texture of flour from country living mill

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jasong

Texture of flour from country living mill

Hi all,


I use a Country Living grain mill. Is it normal for there to be large chunks of bran (say 1/16") in the flour when grinding whole wheat? Will tightening the plates further correct this? I hesitate to tighten the plates too much because they rub slightly when turning the mill backwards even at the current setting. It is also a good amount of effort to turn the mill at this setting. I'm curious about others' experiences.

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beeman1

I don't think that is normal. At least I dont have that problem. I did note that when the mill was new the rotating plate was a little hard to take off the shaft when cleaning. This could be a break in problem. You might want to take that plate off. (don't lose the key) and look for burrs. Make sure the fixed plate is mounted firmly.When I adjust the plates initially I use an automotive feeler gauge inserted from the bottom to get them close. When they rub they do it evenly. You might call country living. They have been most cooperative and pleasant with me.

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jasong

Hmmmm I kind of thought so. Maybe some tinkering is necessary. Thanks for the response, I will follow up on that. When I run the mill backwards, it rubs once on each rotation.

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jasong

I can't find my camera cord to upload pictures at the moment, but upon disassembly, I see that the plate which is fixed to the mill is not machined evenly - the burrs at the top have very little taken off of them. And the burrs themselves have never been completely aligned - they have always sounded eccentric, and I have always gotten large bran flakes in the flour. I actually did not use it much at first in part because of this. Time to contact the company. Thanks again!

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beeman1

I would agree. I have no problem at all.

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beeman1

Let me know how you make out on this.