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New Fidibus Classic mill

jocelyn's picture

New Fidibus Classic mill

I feel a little bad about a post like this, but I just wanted to share the excitment:  I received my fidibus classic yesterday, after having "visited" it daily for the last six months! Some preliminary observations:

  • At the finest setting, the resulting flour is super fine, more like pastry flour, with smal bran specks (bigger then with the Vita-Mix).
  • It is much faster then I thought, based on specs and comments.
  • It looks as good in person as the pictures, if not better.

I am looking forward to my first loaves with it this weekend!

One question, for good measure:

  • Are there special sifters that can be used to remove the bran, if desired?  As it is, it would go through my triple decker regular flour sifter.
  • Any special advice about using fresh flour?



subfuscpersona's picture

Congratulations on your purchase. You have a high end mill with an excellent reputation. Enjoy!

A bit of encouragement - even experienced home bakers who use commercial whole grain flour often experience a learning curve when they transition to home milled flour. As a long time member of TFL, I've read many posts on this issue.

Hopefully, you'll have a seamless transition. If you do not, don't be discouraged . There is a difference between fresh home milled vs (even the best quality) commercially available whole grain flour milled from the same grain. If you experience problems, it is not a reflection on your expertise as a bread baker.




Nim's picture

congrats! Can you post a pic of it? I have been regularly "visiting" the Fidibus classic on for the past 6 months, will take the plunge one of these days! If you don't mind my asking, What did you pay for it?

jocelyn's picture

So I paid their regular price, 399$ I think, which is quite surprising since it is 499$ everywhere else.  But I am in Canada and shipping UPS netted me another 80$ of shipping and Custom Brokerage, a topic all of itself...

subfuscpersona's picture

a quick search on google with the term "Fidibus classic" shows this photo...


and this review by a TFL member

proth5's picture

plastic soil classifiers from lmine to sift my home milled flours.

The finest one that I use (occaisionally) is the 100 mesh - from which I have (with careful milling) gotten pure white flour.  You may experience some differences.  These go much fine than most flour sifters.

They are not intended for food use, but I consider that the flour is in contact with them for a very short time and probably no harm is done.

They have done yeoman's work at my house and are still in great shape.

Hope this helps.