Country Living Grain Mill
The Country Living Mill is an heirloom quality mill, designed to last a lifetime. Made in the USA with industrial, dual-sealed ball bearings, it still costs hundreds less than the closest competitor! Built smart for tough times.
The Country Living Mill is without a doubt the most rugged manual grinder on the market today. Two rugged Ball Bearings. The only grinder like it. Built smart for tough times.
- Made of solid, cast aircraft aluminum - Made entirely in the USA
- FDA Approved Food Grade Powder Coating
- Double Sealed Industrial Grade Ball Bearings
- Cast Iron V-Groove Flywheel / High Carbon Steel Grinding Plates
- Adjustable - From Cracked Grain to Cake Flour - LIFETIME WARRANTY
A Look Inside The Country Living Grain Mill
It is the only grinder, of which I am aware, that utilizes two industrial-grade ball-bearings. Other comparable grinders that cost around $200.00 more than the Country Living mill use brass bushings.
Many grinders use only one large bushing, but the Country Living Mill has two sealed ball bearings spaced apart* which increases the stability of the drive shaft and reduces bearing strain.
*The bearing placement can be seen highlighted in red on the diagram to the right.
The photo below that shows what the grinder looks like when the threaded adjustment knob, the rotating burr, the drive key and grain auger have been removed. The grinder must be broken down to this point to install the bean and corn auger. If you wished, you could now pull the drive shaft out of the mill from the crank side. You can see that this grinder is amazingly easy to take apart and clean.
If you are using the large auger, there are three keys that must be installed for the grinder to operate.
Picture of the grinder on the Country Living Grain MillThe standard auger set-up only requires two keys. The purpose of the keys are to lock the different rotating parts of the grinder to the drive shaft so they all turn as one unit. There’s a key locking the pulley wheel to the drive shaft, another to lock the bean and corn auger to the drive shaft, and on the end of the grinder a third key to lock the rotating burr of the grinder to the The Key...drive shaft.
The keys are quite small and are easily lost. When taking the grinder apart, be mindful of the keys. Before any disassembly, clean your work area. More than one key has been lost in a bowl of wheat or flour. This is especially true for those who do not know to keep an ‘eye out’, as the key can quite unnoticeably fall out of the groove in the drive shaft during disassembly, then get lost in whatever floury mess you have at the base of the grinder.
Photo of the Keys used inside the Country Living Grain MillFor many folks, the first indication there’s something wrong is when they reassemble their grinder, and the rotating burr doesn’t turn when they crank the handle. By this time, the key may very well be long gone. Be careful with the keys. The grinder won’t work without them.
Parts of the Country Living Grain Mill Grinding Mechanism
- A. The Fixed Burr or Plate. Held into position by three screws
- B. The Rotating Burr or Plate
- C. The Threaded Coarseness Adjustment Knob
- D. The Grain Auger
- E. The Key
- F. Three or Four Washers
No, it shouldn't be. If it is ever difficult to grind then try the following.
A) Check Mill Mounting. Make sure that your Country Living mill is sturdily mounted to something that is attached to either the floor or the wall. It takes a fair amount of leverage to turn the mill and if it is not firmly mounted extra effort will be required to hold the mill still. Even mounting the mill on a sturdy table will be problematic, because the table will have a tendency to move around. We suggest a counter or a workbench which is built or screwed into the wall.
B) The Power Bar. The power bar extension handle reduces the effort of turning the mill 40%.
Check Grains. Most often this problem occurs when soft, oily, or moist grains are being ground. These clog up the patterns of the grinding plates and make grinding a laborious and interminable job. Even hard grains like wheat, spelt, and corn can collect moisture during storage and gum up grinding plates. The best test to determine if your grains have collected moisture is to throw a pan of your grain into the oven at 150 degrees for 45 minutes, and then try grinding that grain. If there is a noticeable or miraculous improvement then you know that moisture is the problem.
Clogged grinding plates can be cleaned by taking off the adjustment knob and rotating grinding plate and using a stiff toothbrush or even a wire brush.
The Country Living mill is not recommended for grinding oily grains, seeds or nuts. The following is an incomplete and ever-expanding list of what can and cannot be ground by the Country Living Mill.
- Beans – depends on variety, but hard, dry beans grind well (requires corn auger)
- Barley – This grain is somewhat soft and will require more grinding time.
- Buckwheat – This can be ground with the hull, but tends to clog the grinding plates if ground without the hull.
- Cane sugar (already coarsely ground) – This will grind into powdered sugar if you add approximately 50% cornstarch before grinding
- Coffee beans – Coarse grind only because these beans are oily (requires corn auger)
- Corn – most hard varieties, including popcorn. Popcorn may not require the corn and bean auger, because of its smaller size, but most other corns require use of the corn auger. Some large kernel corns may not feed because of their size.
- Garbanzo Beans – Though very hard on the exterior, the interior of these is rather chalky. They can be ground into a fine flour, but the grinding plates will require frequent cleaning because they will clog at the center. Garbanzo beans do not grind quickly. (requires corn auger)
- Herbs (dried) – Many varieties of herbs (but not all) will grind if well dried, are without stems and in small flakes. (May require corn auger and progress may be slow)
- Mushrooms – If broken into small pieces and dried extremely well. (May require corn auger)
- Raspberry seeds – Only if dried to a 3 or 4% moisture content, otherwise they will clog the grinding plates.
- Rice – All varieties of white and brown
- Rye – This grain is somewhat soft and will require more grinding time.
- Salt – This grinds well but can be corrosive to the plates, so clean them afterwards!
- Seaweed – Certain varieties only, and the seaweed must be extremely well dried
- Soy beans – Depends on variety, but they will crack well. They are too soft and moist to make flour. (requires corn auger)
- Spelt – This grain is somewhat soft and will require more grinding time. Stinging nettle – If well dried, and broken into small enough flakes these will slowly grind into a fine power. (requires corn auger)
- Wheat – All hard varieties. Soft varieties will tend to clog the grinding plates. Soft wheats can be mixed with harder wheat varieties and be successfully ground.