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Their Grain Mills Can Turn Crops Into Money
If you’re looking to tap into the market for locally-milled grain, Chris Hunt of Pleasant Hill Grain can help. He’s a farmer himself who founded a mail-order company that carries a wide variety of grain mills and accessories.
    “There is a lot of interest in milling organic grains for retailing locally,” says Hunt. “We sell mills of various sizes and types for processing grain for food and feed. The right mill for you depends on what and how much you want to mill.”
    Choices range from using a hammer mill to choosing between a stone or steel burr mill. Hunt explains that a stone burr mill can’t be used for oil seeds, but a steel burr can. Stone burr mills are often preferred for their cool grinds because it helps retain nutrients.
    “If milling barley, wheat, rye or corn, the best type would be a stone burr mill,” says Hunt. “A good one to start with would be an 8-in. Meadows stone burr mill. It is made in North Carolina, has a 20-lb. hopper and produces about 50 lbs. of flour per hour.”
    The mill can be used for whole grain flour or can be adjusted to crack grain for cereal or for Southern-style grits. It can be ordered with or without a motor, mounting base or pulleys. Hunt recommends the Assembly C, which comes with a steel table for mounting and a 28-gal. Rubbermaid Brute container with a dolly for easy handling. The container sits underneath the table. Equipped with a 2 hp., 220V motor, it sells for around $3,300 with shipping.
    “From there you can go to a 12-in. stone that produces 100 lbs. per hour and sells for around $5,500,” says Hunt. “We sell Meadows mills, as well as KoMo mills from Germany and ABC Hanson mills from South Africa. The right one for you depends on output.”
    KoMo mills produce a very fine flour. While all mills can produce whole wheat flour, finer or specialty flours are determined by the mesh the flour can pass through.
    “Bread flour is usually 40 to 50 mesh consistency, while pastry flour is up to 100 mesh,” says Hunt. “The Meadows mill can produce around 40 mesh flour, which is standard commercial flour. The KoMo can get finer. The flour produced depends on the stone and the type of grain being put through the mill.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pleasant Hill Grain, 210 South 1st St., Hampton, Neb. 68843 (ph 402 725-3829; toll free 866 467-6123; info@pleasanthillgrain.com; www.pleasanthillgrain.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1