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Adventures in dehulling "hulless" oats

Scott H.

'Hulless oats' or streaker-type (nude) do have a loose 'hull', just to make the naming convention confusing.   However, they are so much easier to thresh free than regular oats, so I understand the history of the name "hulless".  

For small quantities, I thresh them free with a feed sack and rubber hose.  However, I'm looking for more efficient ways to perform this task in large enough quantities to feed a family.  Here I'm loading some Vicar Hulless into the hopper of my grain mill.

The hulls of the "hulless" oats being fed into my grain mill.

They are a bit 'fluffy' so I used a wooden dowel to push them into feed auger.  I have found my 'nut' auger (top of the photo) to be more effective at pulling them into the mill than the (bottom) grain berry auger.

grain berry vs nut auger for the Grainmaker mill

 You can see the nut auger has the ability to grab the fluffy oats more easily.

feeding the oats into the intake auger

 Here is the gap between the metal flour plates I was using:

Using the metal flour milling plates to loosen the hulls

 A video of the action:

 

They come out very 'dusty' and the hulls are quite pulverized.  I started out with the metal/metal plates a little close, which might have caused a few extra broken groats.   I took the output material to the barn and winnowed it to clean it up using my box window fan.   There were just enough unhulled kernals that I decided to run it through the mill one last time with it set up as rubber/rubber for the dehulling plates.  This was to give them as gentle as possible extra 'rub'.  Sure, for this quantity I could have just picked thru and done it by hand, however, I want to have a well tested plan for dealing with a batch size of 5 pounds or so.

2nd pass thru using rubber/rubber to do the final dehulling of the oats

 Here are the resulting oat groats:

 fully dehulled hulless oat groats, ready for rolling for breakfast

 In 1 1/3 cups of oat groats, I found 6 hulled grains... more than good enough for my purposes!

 Scott


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