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Old 12-07-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default Pot Barley Instead of Flaked?

I am brewing a dry stout today and my LHBS store doesn't carry flaked barley. Thinking that it's okay to use minute rice in the occasional light recipe, here's what I did.

I bought a pound of pot barley from the grocery store for 79 cents. I then cooked it up on the stove. A pound of barley, water, bring to a boil and then simmer for about 60 minutes.

I've added it to the mash with the two row and roasted barley. I've had good luck with minute rice (about 6 - 7 points to the pound). Any reason why the pot barley as prepared above won't work? Any thoughts?

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Old 12-07-2008, 05:33 PM   #2
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Thats fine. The point of flaked barley is that it is already gelatinized. Cooking it in a "cereal mash" does the same thing. No matter what, it is important to gelatinize the starches in unmalted barley, wheat or rye.

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Old 12-07-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback. It`s good to have a second opinion!

Just finish my fly sparge and putting on to boil. Hydro sample for 7 gallons - 1.040 at 70F. I was shooting for 1.036 and 80% efficiency. Looks like I got 5 points out of the pound of pot barley.

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Old 12-07-2008, 08:18 PM   #4
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And here I was thinking it was gonna be another thread on weed beer.

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