grain/flour mill flow restriction device
I've been using a small stainless steel funnel with a 1/2" opening flor flow restriction on the second and final stage of milling my wheat berries. I've been running the first pass at a setting close to 6 on the Mockmill Lino 200, which keeps the temperature at around 100 F. I typically run the second final pass at the "just touching" setting. If I dump everything in the mill the temperature can creep up significantly, getting close to their recommended 140 F threshold. After setting the mill to the fine setting, I scoop the coarse meal with the funnel and hold it over the hopper. The coarse flour typically exits in spurts and I gently tap and/or shake the funnel to get a semi-continuous but restricted flow of coarse wheat flour into the hopper at the correct rate to produce the final fine flour. With this approach, I can keep the temperature between 100-110F. I have also read that reducing intake between the stones can lead to finer and more consistent flour, which makes sense, and is an added bonus, although I have not attempted to confirm this in any way. I'm looking for a more permanent, and importantly, an unsupervised solution that would allow me to load 500-1000g at a time, resulting in a relatively smooth and constant flow without interruption. Ideally, it would allow for some fine-tuning, but ultimately I want the rate to be well below the capacity of the mill, such that there is no accumulation in the mill hopper, but the stones are constantly buffered during milling. Due to the physical properties of the flour, a purely gravity-based solution is likely to lead to clogging, and I suspect a proper solution may require a somewhat mechanical contraption. I suspect there are other domains where this type of flow restriction problem pops up and would like to find something close to an off-the-shelf solution if possible. I supposed a funnel with some kind of solenoid might work. I figured I would post a question to the forum to see if anyone has gone down this path already, seen a similar solution, or has ideas that might help.