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MockMill100: Initial grinding to remove stone particles

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crustncrumb

MockMill100: Initial grinding to remove stone particles

Hello bakers:

In my excitement to use the brand new mockmill 100, I did not read the instructions fully and used my first grind of Prairie Gold Montana to make some chapatis.  Needless to say, eating them was a slightly unpleasant experience because of the tiny stone particles from first time grinding.

My questions is, how much grinding does it take on these mills to not have any stones in the flour?  I milled about 3/4 cup of berries yesterday.  Should I be good to go now or do I need to grind a couple more cups of rice?

Any advice/comments appreciated.  Thanks.

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barryvabeach

Can't answer your question, but what does the manual say?  I have a number of mills, but bought them all used, some for quite some time, so never knew there was supposed to be some break in.   I would guess a cup of rice would be good enough, though don't know what the manufacturer suggests.  

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crustncrumb

Manufacturer suggested 1/2 cup of rice at variable levels of coarseness.  So far I have put almost 1.5 cups of rice through it and I thought I was done.  But I can still feel some really tiny stones in my wheat flour.  

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barryvabeach

Thanks,   Actually, I meant to point out that you should vary the coarseness setting.  I just ran some lentils through my Komo ( not a great idea by the way )  and they glazed the stones.   I ran two cups of rice through at various settings, then took it apart and saw that the stones were still pretty glazed, so cleaned them up with a wire brush. 

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crustncrumb

Yep, I actually varied coarseness with the rice milling.  May be 1/2 cup of rice is not enough.  What other cheap grain could I use instead of rice?

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charbono

Instructions for my Retsel Mil-Rite say discard the first 1-2 quarts of flour.

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crustncrumb

That's very interesting.  It would certainly confirm that 1/2 cup of rice is simply not enough to prep the stones.

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leslieruf

but I certainly didn’t have this happen to me.  I just re read the instructions where it said 1/2 cup dry grain - rice or wheat to clean.   I would try again with a small amount and check the flour carefully.  If you are still finding stone particles I would get in touch with Wolfgang Mock and see what he thinks, maybe a faulty stone? maybe also check your grain is clean first before milling.

good luck, I love my mockmill - one of the best things I have ever bought!

Leslie

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crustncrumb

Yes, I am beginning to wonder if the stones are faulty.  I am going to try with some brown rice soon and see if that solves the problem.  Otherwise, a phone call to customer service is in order.  Thanks for the feedback.

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barryvabeach

I would take it apart and look at the stones to see if you see anything wrong   - this is not a great video IMO, but shows a little of it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKAHJe8Mbwg  .   On the Komo, which is similar in appearance, you can lift out the bottom stone, and when you do that, you will see a little shield which contains the flour and directs it to the front.  I would clean any residue out of that as well, in case some gritty particles are hiding there.