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Nutrimill backup recommendation

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Nutrimill backup recommendation

Alright,

so I have my Nutrimill and am still pretty happy with it. The problem where it was leaking a small amount of dust lately was, I think, due to me setting it just a little to fine. Moved the dial over just a smidgeon, now we're golden.

HOWEVER, since I am planning to bake for the Farmer's Market, I have a slight concern about the possibility of the mill failing, for whatever reason. If anything breaks, I know I can send it in, but I'd literally be out of commission for three weeks or more. So, I'm thinking about getting a second mill to have on hand, just in case. I like the Nutrimill and might just buy a second model, but am also curious what others might recommend.

I mill about 20 pounds of red hard spring wheat berries at a time, with the occasional rye for my starter. Noise is not a big issue, speed and capacity are pretty important.

Anything else I should look at before giving Pleasant Hill Grain a call?

BTW, I just saw they now have an attachment that allows you to mill directly into a Ziploc style bag. I'm waiting to hear back from them if it would allow me to mill directly into the bucket, since the bags are most likely still too small for my batches (around 5 pounds per recipe).

Thanks for any suggestions,

Stephan

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My Nutramill had to go in for repairs this past summer.  I was without for a couple of weeks. They are very good about backing their product...

but.....while waiting...

I ordered a KoMo PK1 from PHG and have never looked back.  My Nutramill now sits, repaired and un-used, in it's box in my basement.

The KoMo fits my milling needs beautifully.  I mill several times a day in varying amounts for loaves as well as for my leaven builds.  The biggest plus for me is the simplicity for cleaning.  Milling several times a day with the NM got 'old' pretty fast.....having to take it apart to get to the flour.  

With the KoMo all the flour is poured directly into a bowl and the only clean up is dusting off the spout the flour comes out of....really doesn't need anything since I use it so often...very self cleaning.  If the stones have to be cleaned, taking the mill apart is a breeze....doesn't have to be sent back to the factory.

I know you said noise isn't a factor but I will mention anyway that the KoMo is quieter and the noise it does generate isn't the high pitched sound the NM made.  It is also a whole lot nicer looking sitting out on my counter than the NM ever was.

It can handle any amount of grain you feed into it.  The hamper holds about 1000g at a time so you would just have to refill when it empties out.  I rarely mill more than 1000g of grain at a time but when I have, it wasn't an issue.

KoMo is pricier than a NM.....

Good Luck in making a decision.

Janet

It also allows for a lot more variance in how finely or coarsely you want your flour ground.  The fine setting produces flour that is more finely ground than the NM and the coarse can pass for steel cut grains with a bit of flour tossed into it....and there are numerous settings between those two extremes.

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Thanks for the reply, Janet.

I looked at the KoMo mills, and while they seem very well built and versatile, that unfortunately reflects in the price as well... I'm glad it's working for you, though.

As an update to my earlier post: I heard back from Pleasant Hill Grain today - the bag adapter they are now selling can indeed be used without the bag. Meaning I could mill my just over 5 pounds directly in the bucket, without having to empty the original container in the mill once before finishing my batch. I like that possibility, but am still curious to hear if anyone else has a good recommendation for a high-volume mill.

Stephan

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... if you're interested in selling the unused Nutrimill in your basement, send me a PM, and maybe we can arrange something.

Stephan

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Janetcook

Stephen,

No...it is my back up mill and one I can mill pop corn in so it still does serve me.

Good Luck :-)

Janet