New to home-milling--loaves are disaster
I am brand new to posting on the forum but have used the site many times for advice. I have found other older posts that have addressed similar problems, but I've still found no solution to my own. I have been making sourdough bread successfully (recipes; trial and error) for almost two years and have always wanted to start milling my own flour. I just purchased the Nurtimill Harvest Grain Mill and have used it on two batches (third is fermenting now). Here are my results:
-Flour is gritty. Has a sandy texture.
-Dough does not hold together
-"Stretch & fold" is impossible as the dough doesn't actually stretch. It just breaks.
-Very little air in dough or final product
-Bread turns out very moist and flat
First, I've wondered if I'm grinding it too coarse. The Nurtimill manual says turn the knob to the left until you hear the stones start rubbing together, then turn it once back the other way so you don't hear them rubbing together anymore. I did this and this is my result. Secondly, I've been using Nature's Earthly Choice Red Winter Wheat. Admittedly, I bought sealed packages from the discount grocery store. Is this my problem?
Any help is appreciated! Thank you!