Country Living Grain Mill
Country Living Grain Mill
Country Living Grain Mill
Country Living Grain Mill

We received a letter from one of our wonderful customers who has owned the mill for 18 months and uses it almost daily to hand grind her wheat.  Malissa writes:

“We had known about this mill for about two years.  And we were so desperate.  We had to get something.  Our common emergency mill was not suitable for long-term use for fine flour.  We were stumped.  (We were, at one point, buying whole wheat flour.)”

Then, after purchasing the Country Living Grain Mill, Malissa continues, “Words cannot describe how this one tool has permanently changed our lives.  I don’t see how we have lived without it.  We went from insecurity, frustration and inefficiency to peace, security, confidence and [the mill] just simply worked.”

Malissa goes on to describe how amazed she was that she got a very fine flour with one pass through the mill.  With their prior mill, they were running their grain through three or four times to get the flour fine enough.

Thank you, Malissa, for being a devoted customer and for sharing your experience with us!

 

Recently, a customer emailed us with an easy tip for installing the short key when the spring auger is providing too much pressure to easily install with the flat of a screwdriver.

Required Tools: 2 crescent wrenches, the adjustment knob that comes with the mill

Steps:

  1. Put 2 crescent wrenches in front of the spring auger (as depicted in photo)
  2. Spin on adjustment knob, depressing spring until there is enough room to drop short key into place
  3. Remove wrenches
  4. Take off adjustment knob
  5. Reinstall rotating grinding plate, washers, and adjustment knob as per the owner’s manual

 

We recently received an email from Richard Martin, who kindly shared photographs of his beautiful bench-grinder conversion. Here are his letter and photographs:

Thought you guys might get a kick out of this setup. I had an old bench grinder stand sitting around the shop that I was tired of tripping over. I rigged up an adjustable motor mounting plate for belt tension, fed the reduction pulley out the back of the cabinet, and we now have a motorized mill running at 72 RPM. =)

 

From Radio Health Journal, aired on 6/26/2016:Whole Wheat Bread

Going gluten-free is very popular, but a new study finds that if you don’t have celiac disease, there’s no point in it.  In fact, it may even hurt you.  The 25-year study in the journal BMJ (British Medical Journal) shows that people who eat the lowest levels of gluten have a 15% higher risk of heart disease.  Researchers say the results aren’t necessarily cause-and-effect, but when people restrict heart-healthy whole grains to reduce gluten exposure, they often end up eating more refined grains.

The above information comes from Dr. Peter Green, Professor of Medicine and Director, Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University, and author, Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life

Since the 2011 Gluten-Intolerance study at Monash University, unscrupulous opportunists have seized upon the findings and turned their gluten-free products into a 15 billion dollar a year industry. This promotion of gluten and wheat in general as unhealthful was aided and abetted by such books as Grain Brain and Wheat Belly, which made a number of scientifically dubious assertions.

Now, Peter Gibson, the same researcher who headed up the 2011 study, has released the results of his follow up study, in which 37 people, who self-identified as gluten-intolerant, participated. The results indicate that these ‘gluten-intolerant’ participants suffer the same amount of bloating, gas, and other intestinal discomfort on a non-gluten diet as they do on a diet that includes gluten.

A couple of excellent articles that give an in-depth insight into the fallacies of gluten intolerance are “Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn’t Exist” by Jennifer Walsh of the Business Insider and The Smoke and Mirrors Behind Wheat Belly and Grain Brain by John McDougall, MD.

This is, of course, somewhat of a vindication for us, here at Country Living, who have maintained all along that wheat is indeed the staff of life and viewed the anti-gluten fad with a dubious eye.

 

Sourdough BreadWe found this excellent article that debunks some of the common myths about whole grain.  The bottom line is that whole grains are good for you and can prevent serious ailments like diabetes and heart disease.  Here is a snippet from the article but be sure and read the whole thing at https://www.forksoverknives.com/the-smoke-and-mirrors-behind-wheat-belly-and-grain-brain/

“Celiac disease is a condition that affects fewer than one in one hundred people following the Western diet. These people must avoid gluten, found in high concentrations in wheat, barley, and rye. However, to put this real concern into a global, historical perspective, consider the importance of these three grains: they have served to fuel the development of civilizations throughout human history and still are a major source of calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals for billions of people. People without celiac disease, or the few other conditions that warrant elimination of these three specific grains, will find them an excellent source of nutrition.”

Here in Hawaii at the Maui Tempeh Company, Jaime is cracking soybeans to prepare them for tempeh. He is using the Country Living Grain Mill (on the wood shelf) and his bicycle to do the job!
Tempeh is a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form.  Tempeh has a high content of dietary fiber, vitamins and protein.

Keith and Tana Hanlon sent us the following letter and photos about how they motorized their Country Living using a tool they already had on hand:

Hello All,

Just want to say how much we enjoy using your mill. We turn out anywhere from 8 to 12 cups of flour weekly. Good exercise to say the least. but alas, I tired of turning it by hand and decided to add a motor. After much research, I found I did not know enough about electric motors,, and using a drill seemed unfriendly. Seems most electric motors turn too fast and the ones that don’t are expensive.

I then realized I had a variable speed motor attached to my ShopSmith. After calculating speeds and different pulley sizes, I went with a 2-inch pulley attached to the motor head, connected to a 8-inch pulley, shafted to a 4 inch pulley.  With this set up I can turn the mill as slow as 45 rpm. We currently turn it at about 55 rpms to keep the heat down.

Being the “thrifty” guy I am, I mounted the mill and pulley block to an unused router table I had.  I’ve enclosed pics for your enjoyment.

Thanks for a putting together such a great product.

Keith and Tana Hanlon
-North Carolina

 

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On a regular basis, we here at Country Living Products have the pleasure of receiving emails and other correspondence from customers who have done innovative and interesting things with the Country Living Mill.

Noel Abela’s motorization of a Country Living Grain Mill using a windshield wiper motor certainly qualifies as innovative and interesting. What’s more, Noel has gone to the trouble of creating a video detailing how he put together this mechanical marvel.

Noel Abela put this together in roughly July of 2015 and has kept us updated on the durability of his windshield wiper motor experiment. The motor held out long enough to grind 50 kg (110 lbs) of kamut grain (an ancient species of wheat which is high in protein, selenium, amino acids, and Vitamin E). Noel has now upgraded to a 24 Volts DC Mitsubishi wind shield motor, which naturally required a switch to a 24V power supply as well. He promises to keep us updated.