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Old 10-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #321
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During my soak/air rest phases I didn't really stir it around to much. Had a bucket with holes drilled inside a bottling bucket that I would fill for two hours then leave drained for 8-10 hrs. Wondering if the grains at the bottom maybe suffocated without being stirred enough.
Mate, if it helps in any way, I was doing pattern of 8 hours soaking in water followed by 8 hours of rest, and repeated this two times. Never during that time I was doing any stirring.
Almost all of the seeds germinated, and they were all at least 12months old seeds.

Even if I don't really have much experience about malting barley, I would theorize that if there was anything to blame in your case... it would be the quality of the seeds themselves.
Maybe finding another source of barley would be the best thing to do in your case. I got mine directly from a farmer, straight after the harvest so no pesticides for storing (and the guy said they do spray them before storage).
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #322
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Yeah I just bought it from an animal feed store and they had to order it from somewhere else so no idea on the quality, age, etc. I'll try the eight hour series next time see if that helps. Also need to build a bigger dehydrator as fans/oven/sun didn't really dry it quick enough and the first batch went rotten. Need one of those for drying hops anyway. Appreciate the feedback I'll post back with results at some point

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Old 01-26-2014, 09:39 PM   #323
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Subscribed..incredible post..lot of info for my DIY drum malting automated equipment and barley growth project here in Italy
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