After months of wishful thinking, hours of reading and researching, and days spent anxiously waiting, our grain mill arrived!!
We got a WonderMill, and I love it! It's so easy to use. It's small, about as big around as my tea kettle, but a little taller of course. :) It mills flour very quickly -- just a few minutes of operation yields enough flour for several loaves of bread. :)
Although the WonderMill is reportedly the quietest of any impact/micronizer mills, I knew it would still be loud. Thankfully, it's not quite as bad as I expected. Before the grain is added, it sounds like our blender. While it's grinding the grain, it's quieter than a blender. I still don't like noise, but at least it's a useful sort of noise, unlike loud toys or tv. ;)
We had fun trying out the mill, and our first loaf of 100% whole wheat bread turned out fabulous. We used Prairie Gold hard white wheat, which I had bought in a 50-lb bag in anticipation of getting a grain mill.
Joshua, my science-loving husband, added some dough conditioners for me, since he's done all the research on that end. ;)
Our loaf of bread was so soft... seriously, the texture was just like bread from the store. I like my bread a little more "homemade-like", but the "store-like" kind will be perfect for sandwiches in Joshua's lunch. I sliced the bread 6 minutes after taking it out of the oven, and it didn't tear or crumble a bit. It had a great texture! (I say "had" because it's gone now... 5 hours later.)
I'll update the recipe with notes about making the 100% whole wheat loaf we made, since the recipe originally calls for 1/2 all-purpose flour.
I'm so thrilled about having our own flour mill! This mill was an anniversary gift to me from Joshua (our 6th anniversary was in March) and I know I will put it to good use! :) Thank you, Joshua!! :)