I've never made wheat flour before, though I bake bread regularly. I'm considering using my KitchenAid blender to grind my hard white wheat berries, but am worried I would harm the blender. I use about 7 cups of flour per week, so hand-milling might be too labor-intensive. Is there a good way I could try out homemade flour without investing in an expensive grinding device? If not, what grinding device is recommended for home use?

As a bonus, I'd like to use the device for occasionally grinding chicken feed...

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    What do you consider "cheaply"? There are some manual grain mills available in the $100 price range, and some of those then have kits to upgrade them to add a motor (there are less expensive ones, but they're often just for coarse grinding, like for corn meal or grinding for brewing, not for flour).
    – Joe
    Nov 16, 2020 at 16:06
  • $100 or less is what I'm thinking. Or better yet, $0 - I'm curious if I could use something that I already have around the house to see if I enjoy the process and experience of home-milled flour before spending on a gadget.
    – Kilobyte
    Nov 16, 2020 at 19:46
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    Traditionally old fashioned coffee grinders are used, but those do run on muscle power. And take a lot of time as it is hard work. I did buy a second hand traditional style (but relatively new) one in a second hand market.
    – Willeke
    Nov 16, 2020 at 19:57

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You can get a carona mill for under $50. It looks like this:

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But you are likely going to work pretty hard, and have to do plenty of sifting. I have one and it is fairly inconsistent, as the plates and mechanism are hard to dial in, and have a tendency to loosen. It is good enough to get you started with some experiments, though.

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