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Old 12-27-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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My dad has a quarter acre of garden left come spring and I was thinking of planting barley and harvesting it to malt would regular seed from the mill work or is there a special type I need to get and when should I plant I am in mid Michigan. Also what can I expect to get out of it 5 pounds or more?



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Old 12-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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I know I've seen a thread or two about other HBT members growing or malting their own barley. Although, I'm not sure they ever reported back with their final results.

If you do follow this through, I'd love to hear about your reults. I'm in Michigan as well, so if I ever move into a place with enough space, I'd be in a similar climate to yours and would benefit from anything you end up learning from the process.



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There is a good discussion on growing barley here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/100-homegrown-287146/

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There are different strains of barley, some of which are better for malting, others are mostly for feed barley. Some have higher yield but also have taller straw meaning that the wind and rain can cause them to fall over (called lodging). The main categories are 2-row and 6-row. Feed barley will likely have more protein. Any of it would work for home brewing, just some are better.

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