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  1. Here is My barley as of the 15 day mark. I also started building a Hops Post since they are in season. I am going to start with Cascade.
  2. I agree but that is the next step. I am going to get a 50LB sack of regular barley to practice with before I try malting my crop. I can't start My first Crop until this fall and I have to grow out all my barley since I was only able to acquire a small amount of seed.
  3. I plan on planting two sections about 5' x 25' each. this should allow for me to grow about 10-15 Lbs of Barley. I have Three types of Barley I need to grow out to get enough seed for Beer. I actually hope two of them will cross. One of them is a Mexican grown Barley the other is the Firlbecks III in the Pictures above.
  4. Here are some Pics of my test Bed. so far. Week 1 (after 6 days) Week 2 (After 9 days) Week 2 (After 11 days) So far It looks like I am getting 1 - 1 1/2 inches every 3 days. these things grow fast.
  5. Thanks! Yeah I looked at some of the Local colleges but Southern Cali is not know for its Agriculture outside of grapes and citrus. so I decided not to press the Scholastic communities as there is not a strong AG presence in SOCAL. none the less GRIN was Awesome. you should check them out. I think they actually supply the AG colleges with seed for research. Do you know a good supplier for Hops rhizomes? I know it is getting close to Harvesting time for rhizomes and I want to get a Jump on Hops.
  6. I am starting thread as I am a bit disappointed in the availability of good Barley seed and Agricultural knowledge. (Especially in Southern California) Where should I begin? I know... Where the heck can I get some "High Quality" malting grade barley seed? As you all may know there are many stains and varieties of barley. And if you have been searching like me you know it is very difficult to come by premium grade 2 row or 6 row malting barley seed. Especially on a small home growers/brewer scale. So from what I can tell the big secret is most high end malting barley is owned by major growers and Breweries and the only available seed comes in large Quantities (Metric Tons). So if you are like me, someone with a small to medium size back yard, you have no place to erect a Grain Silo to house the Dump truck of seed you have to buy. There has got to be a better way. What I did was reach out to my local agricultural colleges and National Germplasm repositories for knowledge about different varieties of barley seed. I found the repository to be most Informational. Although I did not talk with anyone personally their web site was very easy to use and navigate. I learned alot about the different varieties of Barley. I also found some great info on ancient barley for all you purists out there. I recommend doing a google search for "GRIN" This has got to be the coolest Website for soeone who is into learning about Agriculture. I found what seemed to be an endless source of knowledge on every variety of barley known to man. (Awesome!!!) If you are planning on growing barley save your self some time and start there. I was able to obtain a small amount of seed for researching the adaptability of a few selected Barley varieties in Southern California and I will try to post my findings. I selected a German barley called Firlbecks III. I picked this variety because it has already been adapted to Northern California soil about 60 years ago. I know SoCal is much more of a dry climate than NorCal. But being from Orange county I figured I might be ok because the temperatures are stable and the winters are mild but cold enough to stimulate a good winter crop and maybe even two harvests provided I can Keep the sun from baking the Crop. Firlbecks III Currently Spring is about to start so I am too late to Plant on a full scale. But I started a small grow out test planter that I am artificially keeping cool to see if I can grow out some of this seed as a late Crop. Germination: I started My seed by Hydrating them just like you would in the Malting Process. I took 6 seeds and soaked them in luke warm water for Apx 8 hours. Then removed them from the water and wrapped them in a damp paper towel for 6 more hours. Temperature is a little important here. Fortunately It was about 60 - 65 for a week strait so I was able to do this with out to much concern. I only soaked once because I only wanted to get the Barley to start Germinating. I knew I was ready to plant when little white nodules begin to protrude out of the bottom of each seed. This is called "chitting". Once the seed started chitting I prepared a small Tree planter about 25" - 30" around and about 25" tall. This should be plenty of soil and drainage for the barley to get a good root structure. I plated the seed about 1" under the soil in a cirlular pattern about 5" apart with one in the center and soaked the soil until it started draining from the bottom of the planter. (I read it is really important not to over water you can damage the root structure and rot out your seed) you only need to water every so often. just enough to keep the soil damp. It is OK for he top soil to dry out after a couple days. as long as the soil is moist underneath. At the current time I have watered 3 times in two weeks. (by watering I mean just eough water to dampen the soil not soak) I left the Planter out in a place where it got a good amount of morning sun and shade for he hotter part of the day. I also Packed it with Ice in the first couple nights to cool the soil. After 4 days sure enough I had 6 sprouts breaking the soil. Once the Seed sprouted I stopped packing the soil with Ice. This only took 3 nights. the seed was well on its way out of the soil on the 4th day. I will upload some pictures tomorrow.
  7. Interesting I never thought about covering the Grain while soaking. On the Topic of Bugs is there any bug I need to be on the Look out for? I have read about whevals but I think that is a Dry grain infestation. How long do you typically sprout your Grain? Is there a time difference in germination between small batches and large batches? Do you typically have a fairly uniform germination or do you have a good technique for achieving this?
  8. Thanks for the Link! I see most of their product is in small batches. I was looking more for 25-50 pounds so I can work on several Malts at a time. Do you know much about the different varieties of 2 Row Barley? Malting: Not really following any methods yet but I do plan on using and building the following: - I am planning on running small scale batches so I will mostly use house hold containers and PET Buckets for Hydrating and sprouting - I am building a 2-4 drawer low temp kiln that will double as a Hop Oast for the initial stage of Malting. - I am also going to use an old smoker as a roasting Kiln as It has a rotisery that will stir the grain so I get a uniform Roast. any advice on techniques or Equipment? As far as growing the Barley I have not gotten into to much research as I want to master the malting process first. - basic gardening tools for Equipment. - I am planning on running 3-5 rows in a 5' X 15' or 20' Plot for Planting - I am building a raised planter with some base screening to keep them underground varmints under control. - not sure what Fertilizer/soil conditioners I will use but I want to keep it as close to Organic as I can.
  9. Nice Picks, and thanks for the link. where do you get your grains from? any advice on my other Questions?
  10. I am obsessed with this Beer Brewing bug and I am one of those people that can not put something down until I master it. so ergo my need to to become a farmer. At this point I have researched my eyes blood red about the process' of growing and malting barley but I find myself having trouble with a couple topics. 1. Growing Barley - Does anyone have any good information about different strains of 2 row or 6 Row barley? - Or is there really just the 2? - Does any one have any good suppliers for "unmalted" barley? (seeds I can grow obviously) - What is the difference in Organic vs (for the lack of a better word) non Organic barley? - Any Ag (meaning Agricultural) advice for growing barley in Southern California. (Orange County to be specific) - What strains of Barley grow better in Southern Cali? 2. Malting: My plan to master the malting process is with running 20 - 25 1-2 LBS batches of various malts. - Any good suppliers of unmalted barley to play with. (prefer supplier in Southern California) - Any malting advice on malting techniques to boost efficiency.
  11. Lake Forest on the Map. any updates on brew supplies in the OC?
  12. If all I have is a slow Fermentation does that mean the end result will be sweeter?
  13. Go Vikes!!!! I feel inspired. I read this while finishing my third 1554 for the night. I will be attempting this in 5 brews. Note to self follow the yellow brick road.
  14. I assume the TRUB is the buildup on the bottom of the LBK? if so there is deffinetly some TRUBulation going on. do I need to be concerned about the smell? it is kind of funcky.
  15. Hello Mr. Beer Community. I am new to the Brewing Lifestyle and started my first Brew a few days ago. I started the American Light. I have read up on the "Process" but I am sure I did something wrong as I had little to no action in the Fermenter after pitching the yeast. from everything I read there should have been a good amount of foam within the first few days however my krausen consisted of a couple small patches of foam(nothing like I imagened it to be), after day 2 there was a very strong yeasty smell that has now died down and there is now a funny pungent smell. Have I done something wrong or am I just the typical NUB worrie wort (PUN INTENDED)?
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