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Old 07-27-2006, 04:51 AM   #11
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:07 AM   #12
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I don’t know about you but kicking back with a beer and watching the grass (barley) grow sounds a lot better than pruning and training grapes.

Guys / Gals let me know what you’d dream of doing / growing if you had a ½ acre or more to grow on.

I don't have a spot for hops yet, I still have some work to do where they will go, but if you want to keep your plantings beer oriented I'd say plant hops. They are easy to grow perenials and will come back year after year. Build a nice tall trellis and plant your most used varieties.

Right now I'm prepping a site for a small (12 trees) apple orchard. 12 trees should, in a few years, give me between 3-5,000 pounds of apples. That's a lot of cider. And, of course, I'll need a bee hive (or two) for pollination.

Personally, I'd grow grapes long before growing barley. You can get vines for under $10 each,they produce up to 20# of grapes each and live for decades.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:11 AM   #14
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Please let me know if anyone has had some success with malting.

I am currently growing a small patch of barley at home which is growing well, but my previous experience with malting was a disaster.

I was trying to make a pale malt and got the germination perfect. The problem came when I tried to "roast" it. The idea is to keep the germinated grain at 75C until dry. I did this in my oven for the whole day and the grains seemed dry, but after a week of storage.... all the grain had grown a nice furry layer of blue mold. Great for cheesemakers, but not so good for beer.

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