What Grain Mill is for Me?

What Grain Mill is for Me?
Mockmill 100 and 200 Professional

There are several types of mills. Manual and electric, with some having options for both, or even bicycle power. I'll start by covering the basics, some options, pros and cons for each.

Electric Stone Mills

Wolfgang Mock has designed, either solely or collaboratively, most of the stone grain mills from Europe. This includes HaWo, KoMo, and his own brand Mockmill. Just a few of the brands out there are:
  1. Nutrimill Harvest - often the lowest price point, and a decent countertop mill. I haven’t tested this mill yet, but some people I know have and love it.
  2. Mockmill - the 100 starts around $320, with the 200 coming in about $100 more and milling twice as fast. The Lino models are the same in milling speed as the 100 and 200 versions, but with a twisting of the hopper for adjusting coarseness of grind and a wooden exterior. The price point reflects those additions. The professional version includes a cooling fan so the motor doesn’t overheat during extended milling and so the flour stays at an ideal temperature. That’s the most expensive of the Mockmills. There IS a Mockmill attachment for the kitchenaid, which has mixed reviews. If you choose to go this route, milling on coarse before milling on fine may be your best bet. I recommend any of the countertop versions, and the 100 is still my favorite of them all.
  3. KoMo is another one designed by Wolfgang Mock, but I haven’t had the pleasure of testing any of them yet. Same concept as the others, with pretty wooden casing, therefore a higher price point and I believe they offer a longer warranty.

If you want to mill coarse grains, "cream of" hot cereals, and fine flour and do not like cleaning up after milling - this is the type of mill for you! Milling occurs directly into the bowl you choose, by setting it under the spout, and cleanup involves maybe brushing that spout or wiping down the outside of the mill. No joke - it's super low maintenance, and why this is the type of mill for me! However, if you do not want a mill that you can use on demand, and maybe prefer milling one-two times per week and storing your flour in the fridge or freezer, consider the Impact Mills instead.

Impact Mills

Nutrimill Classic

These are electric mills that basically pulverize the grain into oblivion, and blow the flour into a collection chamber. You will get fine flour with impact mills, and although you can change the speed and coarseness, it’s in a very limited window. These impact mills can mill popcorn kernels, however stone mills can not (they can only mill dent corn). Oily seeds or beans (such as coffee) cannot be milled in either type of mill. Some impact mills to consider:

  1. Wondermill has been around for a very long time, and prior versions were called Whispermill. The parts seem to be interchangeable, so if you buy the old one and it needs filters or connections to the flour container you can get them from Wondermill. The flour from this one comes out so fine, folks were mistaking it for confectioner's sugar. DO NOT MILL SUGAR in your grain mills.
  2. Nutrimill Classic - a great mill for starting out on a budget. These have a bigger countertop footprint, but work well and hold up.

Impact mills are great if all you want is flour, and don't care much about coarse grains, grits, or "cream of" hot cereals. They are more work in that they require cleaning out filter cups after milling, and the flour collection chamber. If that extra step of cleaning after milling will keep you from doing it again, go with a stone counter top mill instead.

Manual Mills

The original Grainmaker outfitted with a motor next to a Mockmill 100

These often require milling several times before you get super fine flour, unless you pay for the top of the line models. Even so, it’s no joke on the manual effort. If you like this option and getting in your workout for the day, go for it! These are an excellent idea for backup in case the power goes out (provided you have a way to bake, other than an electric oven). While there are many cheaper options out there, many are for brewing and the result will not be fine enough for baking. Here are a few to consider:

  1. Wondermill Jr Deluxe - good price point for a decent manual mill. Many cheaper mills don’t actually get fine flour, and are meant for beer making.
  2. Country Living - very highly rated, and in the $600 range. Easier to use than the Wondermill Jr, though.
  3. Grainmaker - made in the USA and been around forever, this is a mill I’d consider getting. A friend has one, and they motorized it and mounted it to a cabinet.
  4. Diamant - this one looks to be a great alternative to the Country Living, without having to pay for extras to do the same thing.

Some of these manual mills have motor add-ons, as well as the ability to connect them to an old treadle or bicycle for manual power with a boost. Pros are the ability to save on electric, get a good workout, and these mills will outlast you AND your children! These also have options to mill grains, beans, seeds (including the oily ones), and even coffee! Cleanup will be more involved than with either of the two options above, and it will take longer to get fresh flour. Hope this helps! These would also be quietest on the ears.

High Powered Blenders

I would be remiss if I didn't add this option - especially if you already have one in your kitchen. If you do, buy some grains and get milling! With this option, it's great for those who do not like single use products, but there is more work involved afterwards in that you'll need to clean the flour out of the blender (and wet flour turns into glue, folks!). I milled gluten free grains for years with my Vitamix and Blendtec blenders about 15 years ago, and I milled Einkhorn and other grains with my Pampered Chef Deluxe Cooking blender for six months before purchasing a counter top Mockmill.

  1. Pampered Chef Deluxe Cooking Blender - I LOVE this one because it was less expensive than the others in this category, and the Grind setting milled my wheat perfectly. It handled 510g of wheat berries with zero problems - just be sure to let it run the FULL cycle, even if you think it's fine enough. I promise it's worth the wait.
  2. Vitamix - these high powered beasts of blenders have been around for a VERY long time. I've used the wet container that comes with it, since I didn't have a dedicated dry container - and it worked very well. I did 3 minutes on high speed. If you prefer to keep the flour a little cooler, alternate between high and low speeds for the three full minutes.
  3. Blendtec - this blender is also powerful enough to handle milling fine flour. I'm not sure which cycle since I haven't had one for a long time, but you could totally follow the same directions as for the vitamix.
  4. Ninja blenders DO NOT WORK - unfortunately, friends have tested theirs only to get maybe grits consistency. Good for hot cereal, not good enough for bread or pastries. Sorry folks!

High powered blenders can be an even more affordable option if you buy them pre-loved on marketplace or from a second-hand shop. Keep your eyes peeled for good deals.

About the author
Melanie Carr

Melanie Carr

I'm a chiropractor for my day job, but the rest of the time I home school and enjoy sharing about the benefits of fresh milled flour.

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