- DO NOT operate the mill without
grain in the hopper.
- DO NOT get excessive moisture on plates or bearings.
- EXCESSIVE WEAR will occur if plates are run tight against each
other without grain.
- For flour, use only hard, dry beans or grains. Moist or soft
beans or grains will cause clogging. When using moist beans or
grains, back off the adjustment knob. A coarse grind will produce
grits and is less likely to clog.
- A mixture of flour AND cracked grains is to be expected on coarser
- Always remove wooden handle from flywheel before motorizing
- Full liability and responsibility for complying to all Federal,
State, and Local Safety Standards is assumed by any person or
persons who modify or motorize the Country Living Grain Mill in
any way. Motorized mills should be operated by adults only. Note:
All belts and pulleys not driven by hand should be enclosed for
Your mill is packed in a partially assembled state. It
will be necessary to finish assembly before attempting to process
any grains. A drawing is provided to clarify part description
Remove the mill housing and set it upright on a stable work surface.
Be careful not to let the rotating plate fall from the shaft.
If it does, however, simply check to make sure the front key is
in position and slip the plate back on the shaft, with the slot
in the plate fitting over the key. The adjusting knob is threaded
and spins onto the shaft easily to hold the rotating plate in
place. The flywheel is packed in the bottom of the box. It locates
by means of the rear key pressed into the shaft and should be
installed by slipping it on the shaft protruding from the rear
of the mill. Hold the flywheel in place by tightening the set
screw in the hub with the hex wrench provided. The shaft should
not protrude past the flywheel.
The handle assembly threads into the hole located in the outside
edge of the flywheel until it stops. It can then be held in place
by tightening the nut against the flywheel with a 9/16" wrench
(not provided). The wood handle should spin freely on the bolt
after installation. If it does not, loosen the nut and back the
bolt away from the flywheel 1/4 turn, then re-tighten the nut
against the wheel. CAUTION: if the handle is too loose, it may
pinch skin during use.
Your mill is now ready for operation. Please refer to this manual
for full operation instructions.
The mill must be securely mounted to a solid base (table, counter,
large board) before attempting to operate. The mill base is pre-drilled
to be easily bolted or lagged to a surface permanently. An alternative
would be to clamp the mill to a solid work surface. If you utilize
this procedure, the mill base should be protected against possible
damage to the finish. This can be done by putting something between
the clamp and the mill base. The mill should be mounted at a height
that is comfortable to the user. We found that if the center of
the flywheel is located about waist height, we seem to gain the
We grind wheat in every mill after assembly in order to test
and adjust the grinding plates. We begin by tightening the adjustment
knob until the plates are rubbing all the way around, then we
pour in the grain and grind. It is much easier to begin at a finer
setting and adjust out to a coarser setting. This adjustment procedure
should be followed anytime the plates have been opened up or removed.
If the flour produced from this setting is not the consistency
desired, it can be varied by the adjusting knob on the front of
the mill. Tightening the knob will produce a finer grind; loosening
it will produce a coarse grind or "crack" grain for
cereals. Most adjustments should require only a slight turn of
the knob. After each small adjustment, turn the fly- wheel 2 to
3 times and check the product for desired consistency. The amount
of effort required to turn the flywheel will increase as the knob
is tightened. IT SHOULD NEVER INCREASE TO THE POINT THAT THE FLYWHEEL
CANNOT BE TURNED AT ALL, OR REQUIRES EXCESSIVE EFFORT. DAMAGE
MAY OCCUR AFFECTING THE GRINDING ABILITY OF THE PLATES. RELEASE
TENSION BY BACKING OFF ON THE ADJUSTING KNOB.
NOTE: We found that after tightening the knob to achieve
the grind desired, we can often back it off a little to relieve
the effort required to turn the flywheel and still retain the
grade of flour we wanted!
The mill is easily disassembled for cleaning by removing the
adjusting knob and sliding the front plate off the shaft. BE CAREFUL
not to lose the small square key that prevents the plate from
spinning on the shaft. Removal of these parts allows access to
the cutting surfaces of the plates. Use a small brush to clean
out excess flour from corners and surfaces.
On rare occasions it may be necessary to remove and wash the
grinding plates. Use the wrench provided with the mill to remove
the screws holding the stationary plate to the housing. The plate
may now be separated from its mounting surface for thorough cleaning.
If the plates are washed, they should be dried immediately to
prevent rust. Before replacing the stationary plate, make sure
that the mounting surfaces are clean and free from any foreign
matter. The plate is designed to locate in one position only,
so make sure that all the mounting holes line up before reinstalling.
The mill housing is not designed to be submerged during cleaning.
A slightly damp cloth should suffice for cleaning the housing
and its parts. If any parts of the shaft or bearings get wet,
they should be dried immediately to prevent damage.
Your grain mill is designed to be easily motorized. The flywheel
is grooved for use with a standard "V" belt. We recommend
using at least a 1/3 HP motor rated at 1,150 RPM and equipped
with a 1-1/2" pulley. This ratio will produce about 115 to
120 RPM at the flywheel. Other motors may be used, but they will
need to be geared so that the RPM at the flywheel does not exceed
The motor and the mill should be securely fastened to a substantial
surface. The mill handle MUST be removed before motorized operation.
NEVER ALLOW THE MILL TO OPERATE WITHOUT GRAIN BEING PROCESSED!!
Belt size may be determined by the distance the motor is mounted
from the mill. Belt tension should not be excessive or bearing
damage may occur. Note: Due to the many variables introduced during
motorization, the warranty is void if the mill is motorized.
CAUTION: Full liability and responsibility for complying
to all Federal, State, and Local Safety Standards is assumed by
any person or persons who modify or motorize the Country Living
Grain Mill in any way. Motorized mills should be operated by adults
only. Note: All belts and pulleys not driven by hand should be
enclosed for safety.
Wheat and Grain Storage:
Choose dark, hard winter or spring wheat with a 12% or higher protein
content. It should be clean and high grade.
The moisture content should be 10% or less. This low moisture content
aids in limiting insect contamination. Insects cannot reproduce
in wheat with very low moisture content. If you are going to store
wheat for long periods, make certain you take precautions to eliminate
possible contamination. Contact you local agriculture extension
office concerning long term wheat storage in your area.
To store wheat, metal containers have proven to be the most efficient.
Do not store the containers of wheat directly on a cement or dirt
floor. Instead, place the containers on wood pallets or on shelves.
This will aid in eliminating a rusting can which could affect the
quality of your wheat.
Wheat will keep indefinitely if stored properly. Make certain the
wheat remains dry. The most successful storage comes from rotating
the supply of wheat, using the older wheat before using newer wheat.
We would like to caution you when buying wheat to make certain
the wheat is dry and has the proper protein quotient. As with all
things, be a cautious shopper. If you are conscientious enough to
grind you own flour, then go the extra measure and be certain the
grains you are purchasing are the best grains available.
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