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Old 04-04-2007, 03:30 AM   #1
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Anyone ever used the Kitchen Aid grain mill attachment? We have a Kitchen Aid mixer that has never been used. I thought I could at least use it to make some liquid bread.

Does it grind too fine? I know there is an adjustment but was not sure if it could just crack the grain too.

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Old 04-04-2007, 03:38 AM   #2
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Most of us have written that one off as too expensive and just bought (or made) a roller mill instead. If you've already got the attachment...give it a whirl, and let us know how it turns out!
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Old 04-04-2007, 03:38 AM   #3
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This has been discussed before. For what you will pay for the Kitchen Aid grinder you can purchase a decent malt mill.
If you already have one, give it a try. It won't be ideal but it would work if you are steeping grains.

EDIT: Ha ha! Yuri_Rage beat me to the punch.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:11 AM   #4
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A friend of mine has used a similar one for a few years to crack / crush / grind all his grain with. He made good beer with it but he has since repented and bought a proper grain mill.
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Old 04-04-2007, 05:50 PM   #5
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I'm curious about this too. I bought my mom a Kitchen Aid a few years back, but she's not doing much baking anymore and I can probably get the machine from her. The Kitchen Aid website says this about the milling attachment:

This all-metal attachment grinds wheat, oats, corn, rice, and other low-moisture, low-oil grains. Choose from 'cracked' to extra-fine consistency.

I'm going to see if I can find a store that carries the attachment and take a look at it. After looking at the picture on the website, I fear it may be more like a Corona mill.

Given that I already have the basic machine, adding the $150 milling attachment may give me a motorized mill that will do a lot of other (non-brewing) jobs as well.
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Old 04-04-2007, 05:54 PM   #6
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You can get a really nice grain mill for $150, though. If it's really a Corona-type design, I personally wouldn't spend that kind of money. No reason that a regular grain mill (Crankenstein or whatever), if it's adjustable, couldn't be used to mill other grains for breadmaking or whatever.
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Old 04-04-2007, 05:55 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Anyone ever used the Kitchen Aid grain mill attachment? We have a Kitchen Aid mixer that has never been used. I thought I could at least use it to make some liquid bread.

Wow--that just strikes me as odd. After a good chef's knife, a Kitchen Aid is one of the most broadly useful tools you can have in your kitchen. Does no one cook in your household?

I made a skordalia sauce (greek garlic sauce with a stale bread base) a couple weeks ago that I beat for about an hour. I sure as hell wouldn't have done that with a whisk (or a hand mixer). Add fried Calimari and beer and go directly to heaven.
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Wow--that just strikes me as odd. After a good chef's knife, a Kitchen Aid is one of the most broadly useful tools you can have in your kitchen. Does no one cook in your household?

I made a skordalia sauce (greek garlic sauce with a stale bread base) a couple weeks ago that I beat for about an hour. I sure as hell wouldn't have done that with a whisk (or a hand mixer). Add fried Calimari and beer and go directly to heaven.

I'll add to this a Cuisinart food processor..first thing I bought was a Santoku and a pairing knfe, then Cuisinart and finally the mixer. All have changed my cooking life!


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This all-metal attachment grinds wheat, oats, corn, rice, and other low-moisture, low-oil grains. Choose from 'cracked' to extra-fine consistency.

I'm going to see if I can find a store that carries the attachment and take a look at it. After looking at the picture on the website, I fear it may be more like a Corona mill.

Given that I already have the basic machine, adding the $150 milling attachment may give me a motorized mill that will do a lot of other (non-brewing) jobs as well.
I looked at these attachments, too, but decided to get a basic Corona-style mill for much cheaper. One thing to really pay attention to -- the hopper and auger on those Kitchenaid mills are REALLY small. And given the way it attaches to the mixer, I don't think you want to be DIY'ing the hopper to increase the size much -- the extra weight might be hard on it. But other than that, I am willing to bet it crushes at least as well as my cheap mill.

Honestly, though -- after crushing many pounds of grain with a small mill, I would spend that $150 and get a barley crusher for essentially the same price.

 
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