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Ive been planning on buying a grain mill and want to know what you use and your thoughts and why its the best.
 

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The Country Living Grain Mill is considered by most to be the cadillac of grain mills. We have one and it's built like a tank and will last for many years. Be sure to get the bean/corn auger also so you can grind your own cornmeal in addition to flour.
I second this ^^^.

Country living can be manual or you an buy the electric option. If the grid goes down and power is an issue you can still use it manually.

It is built like a tank. If you decide to get one, get the parts kit too. That should keep ya going for awhile. :thumb:
 

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I second this ^^^.

Country living can be manual or you an buy the electric option. If the grid goes down and power is an issue you can still use it manually.

It is built like a tank. If you decide to get one, get the parts kit too. That should keep ya going for awhile. :thumb:
+1 on the parts kit!

The C.L. mill is what I have as well, and have no complaints.

There is a school of thought, though, that there are less expensive good-quality options that would allow you to buy two for the price of the C.L. mill. If memory serves, there's another thread where (possibly MikeK) discusses this option. If I can quickly find it I'll edit this and post the link.

Up-date: Found it here. Along with some others you might find interesting:

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=218974&highlight=grain+mill
http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=204903&highlight=grain+mill
http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=190809&highlight=grain+mill
 

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The Country Living mill is one of the top mills. It's pricey but it's a well built unit. Its the mill I use.

But if I had it to do over, I think I would have chosen two lower priced mills instead. There are some really good mills that aren't as expensive as the CL. With two, I could have someone else share the chore of grinding and get it done in half the time, as well as having redundancy with a critical piece of gear.
 

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I believe that the Diamant 525 mill is "better" than the Country Living Grain mill, but it is much more expensive, so the Country Living mill is probably the better buy for most people wanting a really good mill.

But I plan on grinding grain for others long term, so I've set my sights on the Diamant 525 at some point.

http://www.lehmans.com/store/Natural_Goods___Hand_Cranked_Items___Diamant_Grain_Mill___525?Args=

http://www.grainmillcomparison.com/2009/03/diamant-review.html

Couldn't get this site to work, but it has some good information on the Diamant 525

C:\Users\admin\Downloads\Diamant.htm

Just my opinion on the subject.
 

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I believe that the Diamant 525 mill is "better" than the Country Living Grain mill, but it is much more expensive, so the Country Living mill is probably the better buy for most people wanting a really good mill.

But I plan on grinding grain for others long term, so I've set my sights on the Diamant 525 at some point.

http://www.lehmans.com/store/Natural_Goods___Hand_Cranked_Items___Diamant_Grain_Mill___525?Args=

http://www.grainmillcomparison.com/2009/03/diamant-review.html

Couldn't get this site to work, but it has some good information on the Diamant 525

C:\Users\admin\Downloads\Diamant.htm

Just my opinion on the subject.
Jerry,

I could not agree more that the Diamant is the best:thumb: grain mill produced but at the cost of $1,500.00 it is just not affordable.:mad:
 

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When I bought my Country Living Grain Mill, I was looking for a tank. The reviews are great, it's easy to use, has spare parts available.

It can be motorized or, in the right arrangement, run off a bike. With the bean augur it can grind beans, coffee, popcorn.

To me, it was (and is) the ultimate SHTF grain mill (aside from the Diamant which can only be afforded by Bill Gates and soon by Jerry D Young : ). I bought extra burrs and the spare parts kit.

But here's the thing: By the time all those extras are bought, you're pushing $600 for a grain mill.

If I had to do it over again, I'd consider getting two or three of the lesser mills, as MikeK has suggested. As it is, at some point I might add one of the less expensive mills just as to have a backup to my Country Living Grain Tank of a Mill. Make no mistake--I love my CLGM. But it sure set me back in terms of prepping funds.
 

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Hey can the CLGM (other other mills) make pepper and/or peanut butter? Thanks
If you mean grind pepper, I don't see why it wouldn't.

Not sure about peanut butter, don't know how that's made.
 

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Hey can the CLGM (other other mills) make pepper and/or peanut butter? Thanks
I wouldn't grind pepper in it unless you want everything you grind to taste like pepper for a long time. Once that volatile oil gets on the stones, it's going to be there for a while. Spices are probably best ground in a mortar and pestle anyway. Since you should only grind what you need at the time, for maximum freshness, it's easier to use a mortar for small amounts.

And nut butters tend to clog and oil up the stones in grinders. You can sort of make them, but the effort and cleanup are just not worth it. I think peanut butter is another one I'd make in the mortar and pestle, only as I needed it.
 

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I am looking to purchase a mill. I agree with the Country Living Grain mill, yet is there another alternative around the same price.
 
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