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Grain Mills in the UK

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foolishpoolish's picture
foolishpoolish

Grain Mills in the UK

Hi 


I know the topic of 'which grain mill?' has been covered before but I wondered if anyone could provide some UK specific information.


I'm looking to get an electric grain mill mostly for milling rye/spelt/wheat berries into wholemeal flour (with maybe the option to sift to high extraction flour...I'm guessing that limits my choice to some degree) and also dried sprouted grain into malted flour. The ability to do 'coarse milling' would be a bonus but not absolutely necessary. The mill does *not* need to handle large volumes (maybe a few pounds in one 'session') and I'm a fairly patient person so it doesn't need to be super fast.


Some folks have recommended the Nutrimill (Bosch?) but it doesn't seem to be available in the UK. Other than that, I'm completely in the dark.


Your advice and opinions are much appreciated!


Thanks


FP


 

foolishpoolish's picture
foolishpoolish

I'll open up my search to include hand mills. Still looking for recommendations though.


 


Thanks


FP


 

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proth5

If you aren't afraid to spend money and have a place where you can bolt down a mill, I continue to recommend the Diamant mill.  I don't know of dealers in the UK, but it is currently manufactured in Poland, so I'm sure it can somehow be transported to the UK(you may wish to try your favorite search engine to find a dealer). Your exchange rate may help with the pricing of the thing.  Here is a link that I found after a quick search:


http://www.grain-mills.co.uk/html/diamant.html


It has a large flywheel and can be motorized.  The size and weight of the flywheel is actually an advantage when milling as it tends to make hand cranking easier.


Have I mentioned lately that I love my Diamant?  I am able to run about 2 pounds of grain through on a coarse setting in about 5 minutes.  It takes me about an hour to produce a couple pounds of high extraction flour, but that is mostly sifting time.


I've gone on and on in my blogs about my work with it, so I won't repeat it here.


Good luck with your choice!

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cfmuirhead

Have you got a Kitchen Aid mixer by any chance?  I just came across this neat attachment which I am thinking of getting myself from Amazon (both on UK and US sites)


http://www.amazon.co.uk/KitchenAid-GMA-Grain-Mill-Mixer/dp/B000SIA842


 

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Yerffej

From the same site I found this mill which is the one I have used for years and it works perfectly for a grind that varies from flour to coarse cracking.  I have the stone version which leaves the bran intact.


http://www.grain-mills.co.uk/html/jupiter.html


Jeff

foolishpoolish's picture
foolishpoolish

Thanks Pat, Jeff


Looks like a good website. The diamant looks wonderful but outside of my budget (was hoping to keep it ~200gbp) although I can certainly see how it would be an ideal machine. Jupiter looks promising.


Thank you both for the website link. Looks like they have a lot of choices there. 


Cheers


FP

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TheVillageBaker

Several years ago I bought second-hand one of the American Golden Grain Wheat Grinders through ebay, importing it by ship, which took about three months, followed by a lengthy delay with customs.


A magnificent machine, switched easily from US to UK voltage, with stone milling and a hand crank facility, producing sweet smelling flour, at an ideal temperature for immediate use in baking.


I have never looked back!


 

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foolishpoolish

Nice! I would love to have a machine like that if my budget allowed for it. You are lucky!


FP

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TheVillageBaker

My mill cost well under the US equivalent of £100, shipping was high and duty too, but in total all well under £200.


It probably took around five months to find the right machine and price on ebay.