Manual vs. Electric - Some practical questions
I started looking for a manual grain mill, and pretty much came down to the Grainmaker and Country Living. Then I found this great forum (since my main interest is to provide bread for my family) and am not so sure about manual. Not because of the work, but because of the flour after milling for bread.
It seems from what I've read on this forum that a number of people think that the pulverising action of the impact mills (I would go with a Nutrimill) gives a finer, better grind for bread and also takes care of the bran problem (by pulverising them into ineffectual tiny pieces) as opposed to a manual mill.
Let's forget about the time and effort with a manual mill for now. I spend 8 minutes each morning hand grinding coffee beans for two mugs. I don't mind spending time and I can (and probably will) motorize the mill in the future. I like the manual mill for other reasons, but I am really trying to find out how it does for bread flour compared to the Nutrimill. I even read in one post that you could mill too fine for bread on a Nutrimill. True?
So I guess the most simple question would be: Does the Nutrimill create better bread flour than a Country Living or Grainmaker, and if so, how? I am sure it is not that simple. Things seldom are.
Anyway, I have just started making a lot of bread for the family of four and we have decided to buy a mill and get 50 lb. bags of wheat berries.
Thanks for any info or advice.