Slightly off-topic? ... that's a tempting title.
I recently bought a grain mill (hand one) and started milling grain. The
novelty soon wore off, but I'm sure the exercise must be good for me.
It takes around 10minutes to mill enough flour for a loaf of bread
(500g) but I'm finding it very difficult to get it to rise even with
50:50 milled flour to white although reducing the amount of water has
improved it. I've also started sieving the flour to remove the "bran"
but I'm still having problems.
Which means I'm suddenly very interested in the quern technology.
The first obvious thing is that it is very tiring using a mill. Even
with a decent foot long handle and a fairly strong person (at least
that's what Andy's wife says!!!) I have to change hand every few dozen
turns. Also the force is such that I can't keep the mill still on the
board and I'm already thinking of a few mods to screw it down.
Even for a single family, it's not going to be long before the handle is
worn (and I have much larger arms).
Then again, the problem with the flour may be that it appears to be
coming out too course, or perhaps it is because the grain is organic and
doesn't have enough gluten to hold the CO2 bubbles before they heat up
So, it would be interesting to compare a metal mill (a bit like a coffee
grinder) with a real quern. Which leaves me with the perennial neolithic
problem of "when can I find anyone who makes querns or even any decent
stones anywhere near here which I could turn into a quern".
And how does one make a quern?
Andy Holland wrote:
> Oi! Mike don't be cheeky!
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> Subject: Re: Slightly off-topic
> Andy Holland wrote:
>> There you go more nerdy facts about obscure bits of the Roman
>> It always amazes me how my mind stores the most inconsequential junk
>> like this from years ago but at the same time I can't remember what my
>> wifes mobile phone number is!
> I've got it so just email me off list.
> Mike :)