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Old 02-03-2008, 05:30 PM   #11
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web mail order sources for bulk grain & grain storage supplies

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Now what I need it some online sources for ordering grain. Betty
Bakers who can get grain from a local coop or natural foods market realize the best cost savings. Many posters to Welcome to the Fresh Loaf | The Fresh Loaf report that their coop or natural foods market is quite willing to special order grain for them.

If you must mail order, you will realize cost savings if you can order in bulk (25 pound or 50 pound bag of grain) even with shipping costs but do also consider how you'll store the grain and whether you need also to purchase special containers. Your geographical location (assuming you're in the US) is also a consideration if you must mail order as that severely affects shipping costs.

For maps of the major grain growing regions of the US, see Maps of the US showing the major wheat growing regions www.thefreshloaf.com

Since you live in Texas, you may want to consider special storage containers to protect bulk grain against prolonged periods of humidity plus high temperatures - visit Grain Mill Nutrimill Bosch Mixer Bosch Mixers Wheat Flour Grinder Mills Family Grain Mill Best Buy Ultramill Ultra Mill for info on gamma seal food storage buckets

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Wheat Montana, Grains, Breads, Bakery and Deli
Powdered Dried Whole Eggs - Freeze Dried Fruit - Blanched Almond Flour - Steel Cut Oats - Honeyville Grain, Inc.
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eBay Store - Native Foods: Montana Wheat, Whole Rye, Hopi Blue Corn

Again, do check shipping costs if ordering grain on-line.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:55 PM   #12
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milling your own

I've been milling my own flour since 1966. For years I had a stone grinder, back when they didn't have good designs. It was very inconvenient. Got it from Utah, but it lasted for 35 years. It took 30 min. to grind 5 # of whole wheat. And yes, I even had a Corona Hand Mill for a couple of years(hand grinder) when I lived where there was no electricity.
Then I got the Ultramill 2 years ago. I hesitated for a long time because it was not a stone grinder and I'd always heard that the stainless grinders heated up the grain too much, but the Ultra does not do that. It grinds rapidly. I can grind enough to make a 2 # loaf in about 30 seconds. I love it!
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:10 AM   #13
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flour temperature after milling

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... I got the Ultramill 2 years ago. I hesitated for a long time because it was not a stone grinder and I'd always heard that the stainless grinders heated up the grain too much, but the Ultra does not do that.
Heat buildup when milling flour can be an issue with large commercial mills. In my experience it is not an issue with micronizer mills designed for home use. This is yet another example of misapplying information to get some good advertising copy.

Around 140F seems to be the magic number most cited where heat buildup can start damaging heat susceptible vitamins. I did a number of temperature tests of the freshly milled flour when I first got my Nutrimill.

I measured the flour's heat with a digital thermometer as soon as milling was finished. The milling settings and the quantity of grain (2 pounds) were the same for each test; the type of grain was the only variable. The harder the grain, the higher the temperature (makes sense!). However, even the hardest grain (hard spring wheat) only reached 130F while softer grain (rye, for example) only reached 100F.

If the home miller is at all concerned with flour heat, simply removing the lid of the flour receptacle and giving the flour a quick stir (or pouring it into a another bowl) quickly dissipates any heat.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:31 AM   #14
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If you have a KA mixer, they now make a grain mill attachment I'm told
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:50 AM   #15
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Retsel Mill-rite grain mill

If I had the money and the space, the USA-made Retsel Mill-rite grain mill would be my first choice, due to it's versatility (cracked grain to fine flour). I tracked grain mill reviews for about 20 years (mid 1980s to mid 2000s) and the Retsel consistently got good reviews for quality construction and durability. The Retsel Mill-rite has an electric motor, which is really required for milling grain in any quantity.



If you don't specify preference, the Retsel ships with stone ceramic grinding plates, which are suitable for most types of grain. To mill oily seeds (such as legumes, nuts and *field corn*) the optional stainless steel grinding plates may be purchased.

At about $400 retail, this grain mill is for the serious home milling enthusiast. While advertised for "home use", I would think this unit might also be suitable for a small, specialized bakery or a coop that wishes to mill grain for it's members.

Retsel's home page for their Mill-rite mill is here

Two reviews of the Retsel are here and here

At times this unit does appear on eBay and generally sells for considerably less than retail. If you're not in a hurry to buy and are comfortable using eBay I would recommend it as a possible source.

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======== update Apr 29, 2008 ==========
======== going price for a Retsel on eBay ========
A Retsel Mil-rite electric mill sold on eBay for $275 (plus shipping) on Apr 22nd. The mill came with an extra large hopper to hold grain.

I was curious what people were willing to pay for a USA made Retsel so I tracked the auction. (I have no connection with the seller.)

I'm posting a link to the auction's photo of the Retsel, though the link may not work after a week or two.
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:16 PM   #16
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Thank you Subfuscpersona for the information.

I purchased a Nutrimill and so far I’ve been very pleased with the way it works. I like the superfine flour that I get from it.
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:23 PM   #17
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? evaluation of Marcato Grain Crusher / Flaker

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From my research I've decided to go with an Ultramill and a Marcato Marga Mulino Grain Crusher / Flaker... I got ...the Crusher / Flaker for making coarser ground flour, meals, cereals and rolled oats.
Have you used the Marcato Grain Crusher / Flaker that you purchased?
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MARCATO MARGA MULINO Roller mill for cereal for use in the home, for producing flour, whole meal, flakes and bran.


I would be very interested in how you've used it and your opinion about how well it performed.

Thanks - SF
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:07 AM   #18
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No I haven’t purchased one yet and I’m not sure if I will.

I decided to get the Nutrimill and learn to use it first and then I would make up my mind about what I would get for doing courser ground flour and other grains.

I’m giving some serious thought to the Country Living Grain Mill, I could do corn as well as wheat and just about anything else you can think of.
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:37 PM   #19
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I'm confused. Didn't you say you purchased an Ultramill and the Marcato Grain Crusher/Flaker?
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From my research I've decided to go with an Ultramill and a Marcato Marga Mulino Grain Crusher / Flaker...I found both at a little online hippie juicer shop for a really good price. I got the Ultramill for making really fine flour and the Crusher / Flaker for making courser ground flour, meals, cereals and rolled oats. I was able to get both for a little less than I would have paid for a Nutrimill.
Now it seems you've purchased a Nutrimill?

?????????? what have you actually bought ??????????
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:38 PM   #20
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What I said was that I was planning to buy those mills, I placed my order for the Ultramill and the Marga but was later informed that the manufacturer of the Ultramill was not producing any mills at that time because they were moving to a larger facility and it would be April or May before they would be in production and shipping again.

I didn’t want to wait that long for an Ultramill so I canceled the whole order and went with the Nutrimill; I didn’t order the Marga from the same place as the Nutrimill because the shipping for the Nutrimill was free because it was over the specified amount to get free shipping but they were going to charge me shipping for the Marga even though I was going to order them at the same time so I just didn’t get the Marga.

Now I’m glad I didn’t because I’ve talked to several people who have them and they ended up tossing them into a closet and buying the Country Living Grain Mill because the Marga had such limited use.
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