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Old 05-19-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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So, last week I was in Brunswick, GA working at a Grain Handling facility. The last two days I was there they had a ship in from Panama that was being loaded from railcar with some Canadian 6-row. The ship was heading to the Dominican Republic and the barley was going to be used to make El Presidente beer. I was chatting with the guy from Wisconsin that was in charge of making sure the barley got from point A to point B safely and I was telling him I brew. After a few minutes of BSing he said, "So how much barley do you need to make a batch?" I said, "Oh, 10-15 pounds." He said, "Oh, that's nothing! Take some home with you." I mean, they are loading about 700 metric tons of this stuff!

So I went out and filled up some plastic bags put them in a box and they shipped them to me! I ended up getting about 30-40 lbs I'm guessing. I'm planning on doing a nice, light IPA for the summer. Any suggestions on the second batch? I'm not too familiar with the 6-row (I know it's high in protein and a rest is suggested) so I would like to brew something that accentuates the grain and is light for the summer.

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Old 05-19-2009, 04:27 PM   #2
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they are loading about 700 metric tons of this stuff!

Maybe I'm greedy, If i was looking at 700 metric tons of grain, I think I would try and "pinch" more than 40 pounds.

Sorry, no help on a 6-row recipe. Nice grab btw!
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Is that 6 row barley or 6 row barley malt? If it hasn't been malted it won't make very good beer.

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Old 05-19-2009, 06:00 PM   #4
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Is that 6 row barley or 6 row barley malt? If it hasn't been malted it won't make very good beer.
My first question also.

If its malt then it should be good for high adjunct beers, which is where it is mostly used. Lots of flaked barley or rice can easily be handled by the high enzyme content. However making an IPA with the addition of some crystal malt would probably work just fine too. Treat it like 2-row and you won't be too far off. That is if it is malted.

700 metric tons !!!!!!
Thats an awful lot of beer. Normal spillage is probably hundreds of pounds. 40# won't even be noticed.

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Old 05-19-2009, 08:32 PM   #5
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Yes, it is definitely malted.

I planned on doing 10-12lbs of the 6-row and a pound or so of some crystal. The next brew maybe I'll do an American wheat. I might be able to get some fresh wheat soon the same way I got this malted barley. Add some homegrown hops (if I have any this year) and I might have a pretty special brew on my hands!

Surprisingly, there really isn't much spillage. It goes straight from a car to a huge hopper in the ground through some enclosed conveyors and into the ship.

He're a pic of them loading up the ship. This is one of two sections they were filling.

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I'd love to be standing at the end of that spout with an ample supply of 5G pails or burlap sacks.

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Old 05-19-2009, 10:31 PM   #8
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Absolutely. CAP is a great beer and 6-row is really the "traditional" grain of choice. See my recent post "Brewpastor's House CAP" to see what I did for a recipe.
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